WCR This Week

Slaughter in Iraq Cathedral is ‘absurd violence,’ says pope

November 8, 2010
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A deadly militant siege of a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, Iraq, was a "savage" act of "absurd violence," Pope Benedict said.

The pope urged international and national authorities and all people of good will to work together to end the "heinous episodes of violence that continue to ravage the people of the Middle East." more . . .

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MacDonald put gifts at service of theology in Western Canada

November 8, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For some people, he is a beloved teacher and for others, a respected spiritual guide. For those who know him well, he is a delightful friend.

More than 100 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of Franciscan Father Donald MacDonald's priestly ordination. Friends and family, as well as past and present associates and students from Newman Theological College, attended an open house at St. Faith's Anglican Church on Oct. 31. more . . .

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The Church we believe in is one

November 8, 2010
 

In good Catholic form, I want to begin my reflections this evening with a kind of confession: When Archbishop Smith first asked me about being a witness at NMB, I just laughed and said to him, "You're not serious, Your Grace! What could I possibly say to the people of our archdiocese that would inspire a greater faith?" more . . .

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OLPH Parish prepares Catholics for the future

November 8, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish is launching an innovative formation program to prepare parishioners for the future. more . . .

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Gratitude blesses bishop's journey

Bishop Douglas Crosby

November 8, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Bishop Douglas Crosby only recalls one time that he gave a second thought about what he had given up to be a priest.

"When my brother had his first child, that's when I experienced just a little bit of envy," he said in an interview from his office in the Corner Brook and Labrador Diocese. "Just briefly. It really struck me the commitment I had made." more . . .

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Catholic schools are a sign of hope

We are the future! We are the light!

The world that we live in is one filled with many messages. Often we are inundated with messages that are rooted in a spiritual absence or darkness, messages that deny or lack a faith element. However, even within these messages there is other news that fills us with hope, stories that capture the light of faith and shine it into all the corners of our life. more . . .

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Besieged Haitians want to go home

November 8, 2010
BARBARA FRASER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A tent on a main drag through one of the largest tent camps in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is an ideal spot for Jocelin Benjanor's cell-phone-recharging business. Various phones rest, plugged in, on a table, and power cords hang from an outlet at the top of the tent. more . . .

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Teacher goes all out to combine fun with faith

November 8, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LLOYDMINSTER – "I made a Bible scavenger hunt in our school. I selected common things in our school that most kids would know about, and then I typed those key nouns into www.BibleGateway.com and it gave me Scripture passages to go with it," said Ric Lucas, a teacher at Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster. more . . .

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Catholic recording artist urges taking the long way to the summit

November 8, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Laurie Skreslet is the first Canadian to climb Mount Everest. His adventure took five years to plan, cost $3 million and used 27 tons of equipment. It took him more than four months of climbing to reach the summit. more . . .

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Redemptorists blitz diocese with the Good News

Fr. Ed Eherer

November 8, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Nearly 20 Redemptorist priests from across North America have descended on the Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese for an unprecedented program of faith renewal. more . . .

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