Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
Brandi Linkewich says spending a good chunk of her summers at Camp Encounter over the years changed her life. She appreciates the camp's "loving environment" and the fact she can feel God's love in there. "You feel totally accepted here," the 17-year-old Edmonton youth said. "Coming here is probably one of my favourite things to do in the summer."
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It's just before noon on a sunny Saturday on Fourth Street in Berkeley, Calif., a busy boulevard of upscale cafes, shops and businesses. The gleaming Apple store is doing a bang-up business in the next newest thing; a steady stream of customers await tables at Bette's Oceanview Diner, where weekend breakfast is a daylong opportunity.
Divine mercy is more than just a prayer for the Polish religious congregation Sisters of Merciful Jesus. It's more than an image, a novena, an hour or a feast day. Divine mercy is their charism – their special gift, and it is their spirituality – their way of living the Gospel.
Father Rajumr Chebattina got his 15 minutes of fame in early July when he was featured with Father Paul Batchilder on CBC's new summer series, Still Standing. For Still Standing, comedian Jonny Harris, best known for his role as Crabtree in Murdoch Mysteries, travels to small towns across Canada to spend a week immersed in the community. At the end of the week, he performs original comedy material based on his experiences before an audience of townspeople.
Pope Francis returned to his roots July 12 when he visited Banado Norte, a poor neighbourhood near the Paraguay River where residents battle seasonal flooding and face possible eviction. "I couldn't be in Paraguay without being with you, in your land," he told the crowd gathered outside St. John the Baptist chapel, one of 13 chapels in the huge Holy Family Parish.
The mining industry, especially in the world's poorest countries, must make a "radical change" to respect the rights of local communities and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. The companies, the governments that are supposed to regulate them, investors and consumers who use the myriad products relying on mined material "are called to adopt behaviour inspired by the fact that we are all part of one human family," the pope said.