WCR This Week

World Day of Prayer to be celebrated in 17 Edmonton-area churches

March 3, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The annual World Day of Prayer, sponsored in Canada by the Women's Inter-Church Council, will be celebrated in 17 Edmonton-area churches on Friday, March 7. The World Day of Prayer was started in 1922 as an international ecumenical movement of prayer and action. Every year, Christian women from a different country write the prayer service which reflects justice concerns in their homeland through a biblical lens.

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Benedict's resignation helped strengthen the papacy

Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I

February 17, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Benedict XVI announced, on Feb. 11, 2013, that he would become the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, speculation was as varied as it was excited about the long-term consequences of his historic act. But one common line of thought held that, for better or worse, his decision might leave the papacy a less exalted and powerful office, bringing the supreme pontiff closer to the level of other bishops, clergy and faithful.

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Fr. Spicer championed Bible studies

Fr. John (Jack) Spicer

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Redemptorist Father John (Jack) Spicer wore many hats but likely will be remembered as a great educator of the Catholic faithful. As director of the archdiocesan Adult Learning Commission for more than 30 years, Spicer quietly educated thousands of Catholics on the Scriptures and on the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council.

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Give God a chance, singer urges school staff

Steve Angrisano

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Don't let the world convince you that holiness is impossible, says a Texas-based singer, songwriter and storyteller. "That's the farthest from the truth," remarked Steve Angrisano as he addressed the annual Faith Development Day of Edmonton Catholic Schools at Shaw Conference Centre. "To be the saint we are called to be we don't have to be perfect (just good)."

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Smith tells of encounters on his visits to schools

Archbishop Richard Smith

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church wants to set Catholic teachers up for success both professionally and personally, Archbishop Richard Smith said at the recent Faith Development Day of Edmonton Catholic Schools. "You are setting the students up for success; you want them to succeed," the archbishop told some 3,000 school employees at Shaw Conference Centre.

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Local Ukrainians long for peace

Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Local members of the Ukrainian Catholic community are praying for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in their homeland. They held a public prayer service for Ukraine at the Legislature not long ago and parishes regularly have special prayer times for Ukraine.

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Commit to doing the things that you cannot do

February 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Justin Fatica of Syracuse, N.Y., wouldn't ask his son John Paul to die on the cross for anybody. "That's because my faith is weak and my family isn't there yet either," he said to a group of about 500 men Feb. 8. "But God, our Father, loved us so much, had so much faith in mankind that he allowed his Son to go through the agony of the cross.

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UN committee insists Vatican child abuse procedures

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has continued to insist that the Vatican compile and publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse of minors. It has also called on the pope, as head of the Church, to order Catholic dioceses and religious orders around the world to implement all the policies of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

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Blessed Marie, Laval may soon be canonized

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Two key figures in the establishment of the Catholic Church in Canada are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations. Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec, are speeding their way to canonization, along with Blessed Jose Anchieta, the Apostle of Brazil.

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Hunger a global scandal that can end by 2025 – D&P animator

February 17, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – A global campaign to end world hunger by 2025 has started and Manitoba's regional animator for Development and Peace, Brenda Chaput-Saltel, asks, "Is that such a lofty goal? "If the hungry were our own family, to what lengths would we go to end hunger?"

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