WCR This Week

Vigil a time to pray for moms, the unborn

May 23, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — They spent hours at St. Joseph's Basilica adoring the Lord and praying for life. More than 100 people passed through the cathedral May 12 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. to pray for protection for the unborn and other defenceless members of society.

"(Lord) provide us with the resources to assist those whose lives are endangered by abortion, euthanasia, infanticide or any other means of destruction of and abuse," the congregation prayed.

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Sisters' lives evolved according to Church, society's needs

May 23, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Grey Nuns, Sisters of Providence, Faithful Companions of Jesus and other religious orders of women have been working in Alberta for more than 150 years, since well before Alberta was a province.

Sisters were responsible for active ministry in hospitals, schools, churches and isolated communities. Over the years, the roles of consecrated women have changed.

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Consecrated women urged to trust God

Sr. Veronica O'Reilly

May 23, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Sister Veronica O'Reilly reassures her fellow sisters that the loss, pain and fear being felt by many religious orders today will take them somewhere better in its own good time. In other words, that which does not kill them will make them stronger.

"We trust that God has a future for us," O'Reilly told religious women gathered at the Council of Consecrated Women's spring assembly.

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Bishops rally to Prendergast's defense

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — In an effort to produce clarity, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has entered the online fray over its overseas agency Development and Peace (CCODP).

"The 'social media' offer new and exciting ways to share information and exchange viewpoints," the CCCB said in an unprecedented May 4 statement on its cccb.ca website.

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Archdiocese steps up abuse prevention

May 23, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Those wanting to volunteer in Church ministries, especially ministries dealing with children and teens, will undergo a criminal background check and their references will be thoroughly checked.

That's because the Edmonton Archdiocese is working to create a safe environment where sexual abuse of children doesn't occur.

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U.S. report dispels abuse myths, offers more steps to prevention

May 23, 2011
DAVID GIBSON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — Potential sexual abusers of minors cannot be pinpointed through "identifiable psychological characteristics," says a long-awaited report on sexual abuse by priests in the United States.

Because of that inability, it is "very important" to prevent abuse by limiting the "situational factors" associated with it, says the report released May 18.

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Harper gets a message

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — There won't be any ducking the abortion debate. People came in droves to Ottawa May 12, to make sure parliamentarians get the message.

More than 15,000 people — the biggest National March for Life in the event's history — filled the lawn on Parliament Hill May 12, eclipsing last year`s record 12,500, according to Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes.

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Faith forged a path through pain, poverty

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 23, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Suffering and poverty have great potential to bring a person closer to God. Ask Maria Kozakiewicz. She has known both since she was a child in Poland.

When she was younger, she even prayed to be poor. "I must say it was fulfilled to the letter when we came here (to Canada)."

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Defiant Aussie bishop finally 'removed'

May 23, 2011
ANTHONY BARICH
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Toowoomba Bishop William Morris was asked to resign six times by three Vatican congregations and Pope Benedict before the pontiff finally insisted that he leave office May 2.

Documents obtained by The Record, Perth archdiocesan newspaper, also showed that Morris asked Vatican congregations for more time to resign because he was dealing with a protracted case involving sexual abuse.

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The true Church is apostolic

May 23, 2011

Before getting into the topic, the apostolicity of the Church, I should like to share a memory I have of John Paul II. Once a year, on Good Friday, my preaching is delivered at St. Peter's Basilica during the Passion liturgy. So the first time I had to speak at the basilica, I realized that I had to speak very slowly because there was a resounding in the basilica.

But speaking slowly, I lasted 10 minutes more than I was supposed to, and the man in charge of the timetable of the pope, the prefect of the pontifical household, was a little nervous, because the schedule of the pope on that particular day was very tight, and he often looked at his watch.

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