WCR This Week

Child rights activist calls for action

Craig Kielburger

October 31, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY - The morning child rights activist Craig Kielburger was to speak here, a person driving a van ran over a two-year-old in China; afterward 18 people passed by without stopping to help.

So Kielburger opened his Oct. 18 talk using that story as an example of the evils of bystander apathy, and how easy it is to point fingers at China for its wrongdoings, when here we ignore injustice too.

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St. Vincent de Paul brings furniture, school supplies to Slave Lake

St. Vincent de Paul Logo

October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

SLAVE LAKE – Five months after the spring wildfire that devastated their town, the people of Slave Lake are still trying to get their lives back together.

As winter approaches, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Edmonton has stepped in to provide badly needed furniture, household items and school supplies.

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Bishops launch national plan on life and family issues

Archbishop Richard Smith

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. - Canada's Catholic bishops approved a national pastoral plan on life and family at their annual assembly here Oct. 17-21.

Bishops have a particular responsibility to stand up for the dignity of human life from beginning to natural death, said Archbishop Richard Smith in an interview Oct. 21. "We want to find ever new ways to take the lead on this."

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Church efforts faltering to raise $25M for natives

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Donor fatigue has left the Canadian bishops' efforts to raise $25 million for healing programs on First Nations reserves well short of its goal.

Archbishop Richard Smith, the new president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), attributed that fatigue to financial anxieties over the current world financial crisis and multiple requests for funds.

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Melkite urges Canadians to befriend all sides in Middle East

Archbishop Elias Chacour

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Years ago, Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour flew to Washington, D.C., to make an unannounced visit to then Secretary of State James Baker's personal residence.

The Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and All Galilee was having trouble getting a building permit to expand a school from the Israeli government. That problem had repeated itself many times over the years as he built schools and summer camps for impoverished Christian and Muslim villagers.

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Magazine brings faith into the public square

Convivium Magazine Logo

October 31, 2011
CATHOLIC REGISTER STAFF

TORONTO – More than two years in the making, Canada has a new magazine that intends to inject the voice of faith into public debates.

Convivium published its preview issue Oct. 18 with limited distribution in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.

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An 'amazing' youth rally

Michael Chiasson

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gabriella Lagace has wanted to attend a youth rally since she was a child. Now that she has finally attended one, Lagace will be urging her friends to go to one too.

"It's such an amazing experience," said Lagace, a Grade 10 student from Assumption School in Cold Lake.

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Benedict announces Church to hold 'Year of Faith'

Pope Benedict

October 24, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict announced a special Year of Faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

The pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."

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Fr. Blanch was strong advocate for Justice

Fr. Michael Blanch

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LACOMBE – Father Michael Blanch was know as a humble priest and an advocate for social justice

More than that, he was a beloved shepherd and friend to many – a gentle soul who spent long hours talking and listening to his flock.

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St. Edmund Church marks 100 years

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeannette Helmig remembers the days of open spaces around St. Edmund Church.

"When we moved out here, we were on acreages," recalled Helmig, a parishioner for 72 years. "We used to raise chickens a block away from here."

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