WCR This Week

Local Ukrainian Catholics turn to prayer amidst crisis

March 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The turbulent times in Ukraine call for prayer and international political support, says the chancellor of the Edmonton Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Father Stephen Wojcichowsky said local Ukrainian Catholics are responding with daily prayer at some parishes and spontaneous liturgies.

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Parishes to open confessional doors for a whole day

March 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese will again offer a Day of Confession for those who may lack time to seek the Lord's forgiveness during regular hours. On March 18, priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese will be available to hear Confessions in their parishes all day, from morning to evening. The event was held for the first time a year ago as part of the Edmonton Archdiocese's centennial celebration.

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God celebrates when we go to Confession, says Pope Francis

CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – If you haven't been to Confession recently, don't wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness, he said.

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Nation-wide prison ministry network overcomes chaplain's isolation

Bishop Gary Gordon

March 3, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Prison ministry efforts are uniting nation-wide to improve the ways they reach out to inmates, victims, and communities affected by crime. "We're trying to help our Catholic faithful be more engaged in service, outreach, reconciliation, and healing," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse.

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Noon-hour seminars draw growing group to seek 'treasures'

Dr. Stephane Saulnier

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Registration is free, there's no homework and no prior knowledge is necessary. Upon completion, the students are granted neither a diploma nor a degree. Yet the Treasures of the Faith seminar series garners plenty of attention. By all accounts, the seminar series adheres to the Newman Theological College's motto: Faith Seeking Understanding.

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Military chaplain sees the world, helps soldiers in distress

Padre Major Hope Winfield

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Recently promoted, Padre Major Hope Winfield has just become one of two major-ranked female Roman Catholic chaplains in the Canadian military. The Canadian Forces has about 192 regular force chaplains and 145 reserve force chaplains representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths.

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Lent: Sacrifice is the key to love

March 3, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Follow Jesus courageously in seeking out the poor and sinners, Pope Francis said. The pope, in his message for Lent 2014, also called on Catholics to perform difficult sacrifices in order to help and heal others.

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D&P joins papal campaign to end world food crisis

March 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One billion people in the world go hungry on a daily basis, including farmers and peasants who produce the food we eat. That's why this year the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) is joining Caritas Internationalis' global anti-hunger campaign One Human Family: Food for All, launched by Pope Francis in December.

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Christians face widespread persecution

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt

March 3, 2014
KATHERINE TALALAS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Vatican's apostolic nuncio to the United Nations told a U.S. congressional hearing Feb. 11 that "flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East even as we meet." The persecution of Christians in Iraq has increased in the wake of the country's democratic transition, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt told the House subcommittee on global human rights Feb. 3.

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Pope deplores abandonment of the elderly

March 3, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said the worst thing about growing old is not becoming weaker or infirm, but the "abandonment, the exclusion, the deprivation of love" in today's "throwaway culture." The pope's remarks came in a written message sent to bioethicists, scientists, health care professionals, religious, theologians and other experts attending the Pontifical Academy for Life's Feb. 20-21 workshop on Aging and Disability.

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