WCR This Week

St. Albert hockey marathon funds Nicaraguan mission

March 12, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

St. Albert – This spring Archbishop Richard Smith will go to Nicaragua to visit the people and to see projects funded by Roots of Change Foundation and administered by FUNDACCO, its partner-organization in Nicaragua.

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Fighting infertility takes back seat to promoting in vitro

March 12, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Resources and time that could have been used to prevent and treat infertility have been used instead to promote and perfect in vitro fertilization, a U.S. physician told a Vatican audience.

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Thinkfast opens hearts to global poverty

Christina Kruszewski

March 12, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every year in Lent, a group of students at J.H. Picard School goes hungry for a day to show solidarity with the poor of the developing world and to raise funds for development.

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Women need influence, Vatican tells UN

March 12, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

UNITED NATIONS – Women around the world, particularly rural women who face poverty and hunger, should be allowed to influence decisions that affect the lives of families, a Vatican official told the United Nations.

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Christians want prostitution abolished

Julia Beazley

March 12, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As a battle over Canada's prostitution laws wends its way through the courts, some Christian groups are campaigning to abolish prostitution.

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Prof sketches link between prophets and Alta. economy

March 12, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A boy has a sandbox filled with about seven cubic yards of sand. With a toy tractor, he can easily shift all of the sand to one corner. After awhile, however, he does not have a sandbox anymore – he just has a hole in the ground. His sandbox has limits.

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Bishops, theologians urged to work in harmony

March 12, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Theologians and bishops have complementary roles in furthering understanding of the Catholic faith, says a new report from a Vatican panel of theological advisers.

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Catechumens ready to enter Church with Easter sacraments

March 5, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Matthew Kellert was elated at the opportunity to meet Archbishop Richard Smith and shake his hand. "It was a great moment for me; I was really happy," said the 29-year-old man, his wife Shaleen by his side.

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Canadians see Collins receive biretta

March 5, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About 150 Canadians, including an Edmonton contingent, ventured to the Vatican to see an old friend receive his red hat.

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Pope's big brother tells of life among the Ratzingers

March 5, 2012
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME – Recounting their rural Bavarian childhood and subsequent lifelong friendship, the elder brother of Pope Benedict offers a privileged look at the personal side of the spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Catholics.

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