WCR This Week

Prayer, like classes, offers many options

Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

February 20, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – With the busy schedule of a university student, Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt was finding it challenging to fit prayer into her regular routine during her school years.

To remedy this, her spiritual director suggested she get creative, recommending a variety of different prayer styles.

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Apply faith, hope, charity to your life

Peter Kreeft

February 20, 2012
CLAYTON RICHARD LONG
B.C. CATHOLIC

MISSION, B.C. – Through the Bible God is trying to reveal only two things: one: "I'm God," and two: "You're not," philosopher Peter Kreeft said here Jan. 28.

The problem, said Kreeft, is that most people, himself included, forget about the second point.

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Companions look to a future without founder

February 20, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – When the Companions of the Cross met for their general assembly Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in Cornwall, Ont., the priests had their first chance to reflect on the impact of last year's death of their founder, Father Bob Bedard.

"The passing of a founder, of a spiritual father in Christ is a watershed for any community in the history of the Church," said Father Scott McCaig, who was re-elected for a second six-year term as the order's leader.

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Edmonton Archdiocese eager to celebrate centennial

February 13, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In late 1912, the Vatican divided the vast Diocese of St. Albert and created the Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Calgary in its place.

The decree, issued by Pope St. Pius X, mandated that the headquarters of these newly created dioceses were moved to Edmonton and Calgary respectively.

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St. Paul bishop bound for Quebec

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop Luc Bouchard gave new life to the Diocese of St. Paul, calling his decade of service there as a time of grace, challenges and of making lifelong friends.

The announcement Feb. 2 that Pope Benedict has appointed him bishop of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, came as a surprise even to him.

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Turcotte says Collins must delegate, have broad shoulders

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL – When asked what advice or encouragement Cardinal Thomas Collins might need in his new position, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, archbishop of Montreal, laughed.

"I will it say it's courage," Turcotte said from his office in Montreal. "To be a cardinal, it's a lot of work. It is not only to elect the pope!" He will become a member of many congregations or dicasteries in the Holy See, he said. "Cardinals are the counsellors of the pope in those different congregations."

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Cardinal Collins offers Church faith, courage

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

February 13, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Over the years, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has come to appreciate the depth of Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins' scholarship, his love for the Scriptures and for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and his courage in sharing his faith in the public square.

Though Prendergast had met Collins several times over the years, it wasn't until the two were in 1999 in Rome to receive their palliums – the symbol of being a metropolitan archbishop – that they began to know each other.

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Social Justice means looking in the mirror

Fr. Eduardo Soto Parra

February 13, 2012
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – The quest for social justice involves a struggle with those who inflict social injustice. But the greater struggle is with ourselves, says a Venezuelan Jesuit who has taught ethics and human rights and lived and worked among the poor in a Caracas slum.

Father Eduardo Soto Parra said the struggle for social justice begins as a personal attitude. There is "a greater struggle" that is more than personal. But the ideologies that drive social injustice are "very close to us in ways that are both subtle and blatant."

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Faith informs political, economic decisions – Lois Wilson

February 13, 2012
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The separation of Church and state is engrained in the identity and culture of Western democracy in order to protect religion, not eliminate it, says the Very Rev. Lois Wilson.

But that definition has become less and less believable, Wilson told young adults gathered at a Theology on Tap event.

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Only Jesus can calm the seas

Fr. Bill Casey

February 13, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The strength of a man's faith impacts his family and his community. Yet there is a great spiritual battle in our times, and many fathers and sons are losing sight of what it means to be men of God.

Making matters worse is that many priests do not preach a clear, truthful message. Too many clergy are preaching lukewarm, watered-down, dumbed-down homilies or, what Father Bill Casey referred to as "Catholic lite."

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