WCR This Week

Collins calls Catholic educators to be Christ’s disciples

Archbishop Thomas Collins

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — As Catholic schools across Canada face government pressure to adopt policies contrary to Church teaching, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins urged Catholic school trustees not to compromise fidelity to the faith.

Speaking to the annual conference of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association (CCSTA) here Sept. 23, Collins exhorted everyone involved in Catholic education to become disciples of Jesus and to fully participate in the new evangelization.

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Canada’s bishops speak on Roman Missal

October 10, 2011
Dear brothers and sisters who assist in the liturgical and catechetical ministries of the Church,

This coming First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2011, the Church in our country will implement the liturgical norms of the third “typical edition” of the Roman Missal, as well as the revised Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of Canada. “Typical edition” means the text is the official version to which all copies and translations are to conform.

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Theologians say kill the death penalty

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — More than 200 Catholic theologians, scholars and social justice advocates have united in a call to abolish the death penalty in the United States.

In A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty, posted Sept. 26 on the website Catholic Moral Theology, the signers cite the executions of Troy Davis in Georgia and Lawrence Brewer in Texas in mid-September as the impetus for their decision to speak out.

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Movies open doors to assisted suicide

October 10, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An increase in the number of movies that present assisted suicide in a positive light is contributing to a renewed momentum to legalize physician-assisted suicide, a panellist said at a Sept. 20 webinar.

Films such as Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside, both rated PG-13 as containing material that may be inappropriate for children under 13, “dull our repugnance” for assisted suicide, said Capuchin Franciscan Father Dan Mindling.

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Baby Joseph dies at home in Ontario

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WINDSOR, ONT. — A 20-month-old boy who was at the centre of an end-of-life debate died at home Sept. 27.

Joseph Maraachli died with his parents, Moe and Sana, by his side, six months after receiving a tracheotomy at a Catholic hospital in St. Louis. The procedure allowed him to return home to be cared for by his family.

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Alta. Sisters honoured with statue on Legislature grounds

October 3, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic sisters are being honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care and social welfare.

The Catholic Sisters Legacy Recognition Project honours the legacy of 74 founding congregations who have served in Alberta.

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Open your Bible, read it and meet Jesus

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Bible should be part of the daily life of every Catholic, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. "You need to feed on it."

Speaking at ScriptureFest 2011, Prendergast noted Catholics are not known for their appreciation of the Bible, but that has to change if we are going to evangelize the world.

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Young Catholics urged to pursue justice and joy

October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

In a message released Sept. 22, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace urges young Catholics to participate in furthering the "Millennium objectives for development."

"The Catholic Church shares all of humanity's common quest for peace and happiness, and supports efforts of individuals and groups working to eradicate poverty, illness, injustice, inequality, human rights violations, and environmental exploitation," says the Message to Young Catholics on Social Justice.

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Preparing for Change

Jean Schult

October 3, 2011

Jean Schult (right), director of the archdiocesan choir, leads several dozen music ministers and singers in a workshop at St. Joseph's Basilica Sept. 25.

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Hardships fail to deter Vietnamese refugee

Quyn Le

October 3, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Quyn Le has moved past hardship, a lack of education and the disability of blindness to become a successful counsellor.

She arrived in Canada at the age of 14 with a Grade 2 education, having spent four years escaping the communist regime in Vietnam.

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