WCR This Week

Campus missionaries tell of their personal relationship with Jesus

March 21, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Jennia Grison was on the dean's list at Queen's University, had a great family and friends but was "so unhappy."

God seemed "far away and irrelevant," Grison recalls.

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Newman community called to be disciples drawn closer to Jesus

March 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The archbishop of Edmonton would like Newman Theological College to honour its patron saint - Cardinal John Henry Newman - by becoming a community of disciples that helps people draw close to the Lord.

Archbishop Richard Smith expressed this desire during the blessing and official opening of Newman Theological College March 8.

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Families push for secular school

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MORINVILLE - Morinville has four schools, all Catholic. But a handful of non-Catholic families want public, secular education available as an option for their children.

"The situation here is untenable where 70 per cent of the kids in our schools are not Catholic," said Donna Hunter, whose three children attend Notre Dame School, for kindergarten to Grade 5 students.

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Children and the Church

March 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Involving children in the liturgy is a priority for the Church. Come Sunday Mass at many parishes, however, few children are present.

Matthew Berube, 15, is a longtime altar server at St. Vital Parish in Beaumont.

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Ont. Priest becomes Baghdad bishop

Archbishop-elect Yousif Mansoor

March 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The next archbishop of Baghdad has spent 14 years in Canada learning some of the blessings of the secular state.

"In my 14 years in Canada the thing that really impressed me was the way democracy developed in this country," Archbishop-elect Yousif Mansoor told The Catholic Register.

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Alta. bishops won’t take part in March for Life

March 10, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Alberta bishops will not participate in this year’s March for Life because organizers could not guarantee that placards displaying dead fetuses would not be present at the event.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, liaison bishop with the march organizers, said the presence of images of aborted babies at the march is not consistent with the message the bishops want to portray about the dignity of human life. more . . .

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Red Deer rally leads youth to reflect on their part in the Body

Dan Harms

March 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians should avoid worrying about whether they measure up to what other people in the Church are doing.

That was St. Paul's message when he wrote about the Church being one body with many parts. It was also the message Kyle Heimann, from the acoustic rock group, Popple, brought to the first Central Alberta Youth Rally March 5. more . . .

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New Evangelization will 'forge new paths' for the Church

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic

March 14, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church's "new evangelization" is an effort to present the Gospel in a way that makes sense and gives hope to modern men and women, says Archbishop Nikola Eterovic.

Eterovic, the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, said the October 2012 general Synod of Bishops will focus on the new evangelization and dozens of questions involved with it. more . . .

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Interfaith group launches debate on Manitoba Hydro

March 14, 2011
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - The Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development has set out to promote thoughtful, mature debate about issues that will have a major effect on Manitoba's future.

"With Manitoba Hydro wanting to spend over $17 billion on new projects in the next 15 years, robust public debate is important," says the Rev. Hugo Unruh, co-chair of the taskforce. more . . .

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Lent — a time to learn how to live

March 14, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Lent was never supposed to be about giving up your bad habits. If you have bad habits, why wait for Lent to give them up? Easter, of course, should not be your chance to take up your old and beloved bad habits. more . . .

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