WCR This Week

Canadian Martyrs' shrine a place of pilgrimage for those of many cultures

St. Jean de Brébeuf

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MIDLAND, ONT. — In 2003, Zofia Szaflarski was invited by a friend to join a weeklong walking pilgrimage to the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland. Hesitant but curious, Szaflarski agreed and since then she has been "addicted."

Several walks later, Szaflarski now helps organize and promote the annual pilgrimage.

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Seminarians obliged to keep a media fast

July 4, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — When Thomas Collins was in the seminary, he felt like the busiest, most rushed guy in town. Now, as archbishop of Toronto, he wants to give seminarians a chance to stop and reflect — something he wishes he could have done more often.

For the incoming class at St. Augustine's Seminary, that will mean a media fast — abstaining from electronic and traditional media of all types — for much of their first year. No phones or cellphones, no Internet or computer games, no TV or radio. No modern devices or even old friends like newspapers and magazines.

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Student never forgot St. James School

July 4, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — As the school year comes to a close we take the opportunity to look back at significant events that marked the year in a special way.

A special marker at St. James School is a story that began over 50 years ago with the opening of the school and the arrival of the Cieselkski family.

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Christian Jews continue striving to better relations

June 20, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Not without missteps, awkwardness and times of tension, significant steps have been made toward bettering the relationship between Christians and Jews.

Flare-ups and hurt feelings still continue to rise out of particular issues, says Father Murray Watson. Those controversies call into question the commitment, especially of Christians, to move beyond tolerance to "a partnership built on mutual respect, esteem and love."

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Students take pro-life trek across Canada

June 20, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Eleven college students, aged 18 to 24, are taking the pro-life message to the highways and byways of Canada.

Embarking on a cross-country walk for life, eight Canadians and three Americans started their journey May 23 in Vancouver.

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Faith, prayer, forgiveness sustained valiant mother

Denise Cadieux-Couturier

June 20, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — When confronted by life's many difficulties, Denise Cadieux-Couturier relies on prayer, strong faith and forgiveness.

She married Charles Cadieux, a meteorologist from Plamondon, in 1957. Together they had three sons and a daughter.

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St. Mary's Downey takes his talents to Saskatoon

Dr. Terrence Downey

June 20, 2011
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — Dr. Terrence Downey, long-time president of St. Mary's University College in Calgary, has been named the new president of St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan.

Downey, a political scientist, has been president of St. Mary's since 1999. Under his leadership, the private Catholic college in Calgary achieved degree-granting status in 2004.

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Life shines brightly with the Silver Rose

The Silver Rose

June 20, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A Knights of Columbus program that's been around for more than 50 years is new to most Albertans. The North American effort pays tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americans.

"This is only the second year for the Silver Rose Run to be in Western Canada," said Larry Boland of Airdrie, former master of the Alberta fourth degree Knights

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Persecution of Christians, gays ignored by media

June 20, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Christian social conservatives and gays often find themselves on opposite sides in the culture wars, but when it comes to persecution of minorities abroad they can find common cause.

The same countries that persecute Christians and other religious minorities, also persecute gays and lesbians, trample on women's rights and stifle dissent, said immigration lawyer Chantal Desloges.

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Catholic education strong across Canada — trustee

Paula Peroni

June 20, 2011
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA — Catholic education across Canada is healthy and well, says Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association national president Paula Peroni.

Peroni made the comment during an interview during the annual convention of the association held June 2-4 at the Hotel Saskatchewan.

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