WCR This Week

Christian bikers have a mobile apostolate

February 23, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – B.C. biker Fred Sawatzky said he rides to Mexico to convert other bikers to Christ every year. "I go to their drug cartels, take Bibles in my suitcase, and hand them out," Sawatzky said at Missions Fest, an annual conference. Sawatzky is one of 32 members of the Christian Motorcycle Association in the Fraser Valley.

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In her emptiness, she found Jesus

Janet Bourdet

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Janet Bourdet, co-director of Edmonton's Marian Centre, was so taken as a child by the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, she found herself asking God, "Why love me?" But amidst her soul searching, she faced a major upset when, come Grade 5, her family had to leave forested Montana and move to San Diego. "I was heart-broken until I saw the pool." Changes happened again when Bourdet left the Church at 18.

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Deacon heard his call through words of others

Dr. Randall Abele

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Prayer is a constant companion with Dr. Randall Abele. A deacon and Edmonton urologist, Abele says, "Prayer is essential. You're walking with God and you always want to be walking where he wants you to be walking. "You pray to have contentment in your heart, peace in your heart about your life." Prayer, he said, is something that comes out of faith.

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Religious gain wisdom through obedience – pope

February 23, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Total obedience to God's will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis told religious men and women. Jesus came not to follow his own will, but to obey the Father's will, the pope said Feb. 2 during a Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The Church marks the feast as the World Day for Consecrated Life. "Whoever follows Jesus takes the path of obedience," which means lowering, emptying and humbling oneself like Jesus, the pope said.

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Catholics, Mennonites discuss the meaning of compassion

February 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A snowy winter night and Our Lady of Assumption Parish basement is filled with an intriguing ecumenical gathering of 25 Roman Catholics and Mennonites. This is their annual meeting where they discussed the book Compassion, a reflection on the Christian life by Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill and Douglas Morrison. "We are in our fifth year of dialogue," said Julien Hammond, director of the ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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CCCB pays tribute to role of consecrated women, men

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

February 23, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Consecrated men and women played a significant role in shaping Canada, says the president of the country's bishops' conference. "Our first teachers, health care givers and social workers were men and women who dedicated their lives through poverty, chastity and obedience, in order to serve the community of faith and all men and women, no matter their faith or ethnicity," Archbishop Paul-André Durocher said in a Jan. 29 letter.

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Vancouver Archdiocese opens seminary for Neocatechumenal Way

February 23, 2015
ALISTAIR BURNS
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Two months into the Year of Consecrated Life, the Archdiocese of Vancouver has opened a new seminary. All seven seminarians at Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater (Mother of the Redeemer) are members of the Neocatechumenal Way, a global Church movement founded in Spain in 1964 that embraces families and vocations. Archbishop Michael Miller said he made the decision to open the seminary after prayer, reflection, and "the encouragement of Pope Francis."

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Bishops must be accountable, says abuse commission

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

February 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Bishops who do not comply with the child protection norms must face real consequences, said Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The commission, he said, "is very, very concerned about this whole area of (bishops') accountability" and has a working group drawing up recommendations for Pope Francis.

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'Spiritual diseases' weaken service to the Lord

February 23, 2015

In December, Pope Francis made headlines around the world when he used his Christmas speech to members of the Roman Curia to describe 15 spiritual diseases which he hoped would spur an examination of conscience in order to prepare their hearts for the holy feast of Christmas. However, as the pope said, the Curia is "a small-scale model of the Church." If spiritual diseases are present in the Curia, they are most likely present throughout the people of God.

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Archbishop Smith ‘deeply disappointed’ with court ruling on assisted suicide

February 6, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the wake of a unanimous Supreme Court decision legalizing assisted suicide in Canada, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith urged Catholics to work with their members of Parliament to ensure that the nation’s health care system respects every human life to its natural end. The health care system should also provide “the best and most accessible end-of-life care possible,” Smith said in a Feb. 6 prepared statement. The archbishop said he was “deeply disappointed” to learn of the Supreme Court ruling in the Carter case, which struck down the law prohibiting doctors from assisting certain patients to die.

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