WCR This Week

Ukrainian Knights remember famine by hosting school lunch

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Knights of Columbus of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish commemorated the Holodomor — the forced famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s — by feeding elementary students at St. Bernadette Catholic School Dec. 1.

“What we are trying to do is have the kids understand hunger and what it might have been like to be hungry back then,” explained Maurice Chichak, the council’s grand knight. more . . .

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Narnia actor says Aslan symbolizes all spiritual leaders

December 13, 2010
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

LONDON — Catholic actor Liam Neeson said he thinks the magical lion of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series not only represents Christ but also symbolizes other great spiritual leaders. more . . .

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Devil is out to destroy the family, says pro-life speaker

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — “Right now, in our culture, the family is under attack,” says a well-known pro-life speaker.

“The enemy is very clever. He realizes that if he can destroy the family, he’s won (half) the battle,” pro-life speaker Christina King said at Protect Life’s first annual pro-life conference at Holy Family Church. more . . .

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MP’s bill would protect ‘gender expression’

December 13, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — A private member’s bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code has pro-family groups and individuals on high alert. more . . .

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Kenney lashes out at bishops’ critique of human smuggling bill

December 13, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has fired back at Canada’s bishops who criticized his anti-human smuggling bill.

The letter reflects a “long tradition of ideological bureaucrats who work for the bishops’ conference producing political letters signed by pastors who may not have specialized knowledge in certain areas of policy,” Kenney said in an interview. more . . .

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Pope’s condom comments reflect pastoral concern, says theologian

December 13, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict’s recent comments about condoms represented a “normal and traditional” pastoral application of moral theology, says a theologian who advises the Vatican on doctrinal matters. more . . .

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St. Vincent de Paul Society seeks infusion of youth

Society of St. Vincent de Paul logo

December 6, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is trying to attract young people to help replace its aging volunteer base.

The move is part of an overall plan to improve the organization, whose mission is to help the poor meet their basic needs. more . . .

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Advent begins with prayer for human life

December 6, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Local Catholics joined others around the world to begin Advent with prayers for the protection of unborn human life.

Archbishop Richard Smith led a solemn celebration of Evening Prayer at St. Joseph’s Basilica, coinciding with the first Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent. more . . .

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Blair, Hitchens debate if religion is a force for good

December 6, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens duked it out to a draw in the biggest public debate on religion ever held in Toronto Nov. 26.

At the start of the evening, 22 per cent of the sold-out crowd at Roy Thomson Hall were in favour of Blair’s proposition that religion is a force for good in the world. Fifty-seven per cent thought religion was a force for ill and 21 per cent were undecided. more . . .

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St. Mary’s brings new president back to Canada

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 6, 2010
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY — St. Mary's University College has selected a leading Catholic educator from Australia to serve as its next president.

But Dr. Gerry Turcotte is no stranger to Canada. Originally from Montreal, Turcotte, 50, has degrees from McGill and the University of Ottawa. He went to Australia to do a doctorate in English literature and ended up staying. more . . .

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