WCR This Week

Church speaking against family violence

Bob McKeon

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Domestic violence continues traumatizing women and children, especially in Alberta, which leads the provinces in domestic assault, homicide-suicide and stalking.

More than 12,000 abused women and children were residents in Alberta's shelters between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008. Around 14,000 women and children who sought shelter in that period were turned away. Shelters handed nearly 70,000 crisis calls in that same period.

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Birthright offers pregnancy support

birthright logo

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Birthright provides a listening ear for every pregnant woman facing a time of turmoil.

"We just need to listen to them, and find out what they want," said Pat Borgersen, a past director of Birthright Edmonton. "For the most part, women don't want to have an abortion."

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Preach the full Gospel message – Lacroix

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quebec Archbishop Gerald Lacroix believes it is a mistake to "mellow down the Gospel" to draw people.

Softening the message has nothing to do with the new evangelization, says the primate of Canada, though some people have tried to make the Gospel "sweeter" and "easier," telling people "it's not as difficult as you think" or "you don't have to convert completely."

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Dozois a driving force at Newman College

Fr. Camille Dozois

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – A night owl who would work until the wee hours, Father Camille Dozois was an accomplished scholar, professor and traveller who wanted to explore what the world had to offer.

A professor of moral theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dozois was also instrumental in setting up Newman Theological College, where he taught a variety of subjects.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe icons come to Alberta

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Almost 500 years ago, atop a hill in Mexico's Tepeyac desert, the Virgin Mary appeared to the simple peasant Juan Diego. She instructed him to build a church on the spot where they stood.

When a local bishop wanted proof of his vision, Diego returned to the hill and Mary appeared again. The lady told him to "Bring the roses behind you." He cut the roses from a nearby rosebush, and returned to the bishop, saying he had proof. When he opened his cloak, as well as the roses, there was an image of Mary imprinted on the fabric.

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Millet parishioners bear witness with Nativity scene at Church

December 5, 2011
THERESA DOHERTY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

MILLET – Some of the men from St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Millet were outside preparing the way of the Lord on the first Sunday in Advent, as they set up the Nativity scene to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Although there is no Sunday Mass at St. Norbert's Catholic Church these days, the Catholic community works hard together to keep Catholicism visible in their beautiful little community.

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Legion of Mary members search for lost souls

Legion of Mary Emblem

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Like the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons, members of the Legion of Mary visit private homes regularly in search of souls.

In Alberta they invite hundreds to the Church every year, most of them fallen-away Catholics.

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Parishioners ask Rome to reverse sale of North Bay church buildings

December 5, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

NORTH BAY, ONT. – Former parishioners at two North Bay, Ont., churches have taken their bishop to court in Rome in an attempt to force him to reopen their already closed, deconsecrated and sold churches.

The groups of former parishioners from St. Rita's and Corpus Christi have submitted long-form appeals to the Congregation for the Clergy asking that the churches be reopened for Catholic worship of some kind.

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Palliative care is best option to legalized euthanasia

NDP MP Joe Comartin

November 28, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Days after a Royal Society of Canada report advocated legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide, an all-party parliamentary committee named suicide prevention, effective palliative care and elder abuse intervention as three pillars of care for vulnerable Canadians.

The Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care report entitled Not To Be Forgotten is silent on the legality of euthanasia or assisted suicide.

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School becomes church for some students

Natalie Mahedem

November 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Natalie Mahedem, a student at Austin O'Brien Catholic High School, has a firm belief in God although she and her family "never went to church, never prayed (and) never did anything Catholic" other than receiving a Catholic education.

"How is it that the relationship between my family, the Church and God is non-existent in my life yet I still have a firm belief in and trust in God?" the Grade 11 student asked.

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