WCR This Week

Avoid falling off the Christmas cliff

December 20, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Yuletide merriment starts early. In eager anticipation of Christmas, the tree is decorated the first week of December. Caught up in the holiday consumerism, shoppers rush out to buy gifts for friends and family. Following the turkey dinner Dec. 25, Christmas is over. more . . .

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Interfaith cooperation reigns in McMurray

December 20, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT McMURRAY — Catholics, Muslims and evangelical Christians are providing an example of interfaith cooperation by sharing land for their worship facilities here. more . . .

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WikiLeaks spills Vatican ruminations

December 20, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — A spate of U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks portray the Vatican as horrified over clerical sex abuse in Ireland. more . . .

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Vatican is alive with bustle of Christmas

December 20, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

While snowfall is a rarity and Santa Claus is seldom seen, Christmas at the Vatican is truly unique.

Cranes erect an enormous evergreen alongside the granite obelisk in St. Peter's Square and workers nested in cherry picker buckets adorn the tree with lights, ornaments and tinsel. more . . .

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Peace on earth, goodwill to dinner guests

December 20, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When we think of Christmas, most of us think of the Hallmark version of it: the loving, happy, laughing family around the Christmas tree.

But then there is reality. more . . .

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WCR to take Christmas break

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December 20, 2010

The WCR offices will close for the Christmas break at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23 and re-open on Monday, Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. more . . .

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Justice coalition says it’s getting stronger

December 20, 2010
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — A year after losing its federal funding and being accused of supporting anti-Semitic organizations, KAIROS has come out "stronger" and remains hopeful that its funding will be reinstated, says executive director Mary Corkery. more . . .

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Wrongly-convicted man kept hope through faith, prayer

December 13, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Ivan Henry is a member of an exclusive club, but it's a club nobody wants to join: Canadians who have served time in prison for crimes they didn't commit. more . . .

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Priest heard God’s voice when he was 3

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Roger Rouleau is now a priest. Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the 34-year-old St. Albert man before a packed St. Joseph’s Basilica Dec. 3.

Several members of Rouleau’s family and most of the priests and deacons of the archdiocese were present for the ordination, the fourth this year. more . . .

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Calgary Anglican parish accepts pope’s invitation

December 13, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY - A year ago, Pope Benedict invited traditionalist Anglicans to return to the fold of Roman Catholicism. Calgary's St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church is the first parish in Canada to accept his offer.

The 70-member congregation held meetings for 10 months, conducted research, prayed, and discerned about the decision. A vote was held Nov. 21, with 90 per cent in favour of rejoining the Catholic Church. more . . .

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