Stories for the Right Column of the WCR This Week Page
SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – The world needs "an economy of Christian inspiration," one which respects human dignity and guarantees the rights to land, housing and work, Pope Francis told an international gathering of grassroots activists. Such an economy would also provide access to education, health care, culture, communications and recreation, he said.
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Angela Kirby believes in living life to its fullest and won't let the challenges of multiple sclerosis get in her way. Diagnosed with MS at the age of 50, she never felt deterred from hiking up mountains and travelling the world. So to mark her 70th birthday and the 20th anniversary of her diagnosis, Kirby has decided to spend the year on a tour around the world to raise money and awareness for MS research.
LONDON - Catholic bishops in England and Wales hope to establish evangelization teams to transform about 5,000 churches into "missionary parishes." However, there will be no place for proselytizing, "door-stepping" or "cold calling" in an attempt to win converts, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
WINNIPEG – The Archdiocese of Winnipeg welcomed two new priests into its fold with the ordinations of Fathers Christopher Dubois and Peter Nemcek by Archbishop Richard Gagnon at St. Mary's Cathedral July 3. "Tonight we have come to celebrate the ordination of these two men," Gagnon said. "They have become believers and as believers they have discovered the Lord's call to become 'fishers of people'" (Matthew 4.19).
LYIV, UKRAINE – Ukrainian Catholic Father Tykhon Kulbaka was headed to the chapel in the room rented by the local Catholic community. En route, he stopped at a store, where four men grabbed him, blindfolded him and made him breathe chloroform.
In 1866, Pope Pius IX appointed the Redemptorists as custodians of the 15th-century icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help with the mission to "make her known throughout the world." Fifteen years later, a community of Redemptorists brought a replica of the icon with them when they established a permanent presence in Toronto.
Catholic leaders in the Texas Rio Grande Valley are alarmed by the detrimental effect they say local gaming parlours are having, especially on families. "I am sorry they are here in our county," said Deacon R.C. Salinas of Sacred Heart Parish in Escobares. "I don't think they are doing anybody any good."