WCR This Week

Fish-out-of-water adapts to Maritimes

Fr. Chebbathina
July 27, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Father Rajumr Chebattina got his 15 minutes of fame in early July when he was featured with Father Paul Batchilder on CBC's new summer series, Still Standing. For Still Standing, comedian Jonny Harris, best known for his role as Crabtree in Murdoch Mysteries, travels to small towns across Canada to spend a week immersed in the community. At the end of the week, he performs original comedy material based on his experiences before an audience of townspeople.

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Priests ordained for Winnipeg Archdiocese

July 27, 2015
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – The Archdiocese of Winnipeg welcomed two new priests into its fold with the ordinations of Fathers Christopher Dubois and Peter Nemcek by Archbishop Richard Gagnon at St. Mary's Cathedral July 3. "Tonight we have come to celebrate the ordination of these two men," Gagnon said. "They have become believers and as believers they have discovered the Lord's call to become 'fishers of people'" (Matthew 4.19).

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Papa Francisco confesses his sinfulness during visit to Bolivian prison

July 27, 2015
DAVID AGREN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins." "I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.

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Pope pours out heart to Paraguay's poor

July 27, 2015
BARBARA FRASER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis returned to his roots July 12 when he visited Banado Norte, a poor neighbourhood near the Paraguay River where residents battle seasonal flooding and face possible eviction. "I couldn't be in Paraguay without being with you, in your land," he told the crowd gathered outside St. John the Baptist chapel, one of 13 chapels in the huge Holy Family Parish.

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Ukrainian priest forgave his brutal captors

July 27, 2015
MARIANA KARAPINKA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

LYIV, UKRAINE – Ukrainian Catholic Father Tykhon Kulbaka was headed to the chapel in the room rented by the local Catholic community. En route, he stopped at a store, where four men grabbed him, blindfolded him and made him breathe chloroform.

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Long forgotten library opens doors to early Canadian history

July 27, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

For years the outdated library in the basement of the Bathurst, N.B., diocesan offices saw more mice and rats than readers, said Bishop Daniel Jodoin. But when pipes burst during the spring thaw, new doors were opened to our nation's past. The flood waters brought closer inspection of the library and the discovery of historical texts dating back to Canada's earliest days.

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Mining firms need radical change, says pope

July 27, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The mining industry, especially in the world's poorest countries, must make a "radical change" to respect the rights of local communities and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. The companies, the governments that are supposed to regulate them, investors and consumers who use the myriad products relying on mined material "are called to adopt behaviour inspired by the fact that we are all part of one human family," the pope said.

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Redemptorists celebrate 150th anniversary of Marian icon

The 15th-century icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
July 27, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In 1866, Pope Pius IX appointed the Redemptorists as custodians of the 15th-century icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help with the mission to "make her known throughout the world." Fifteen years later, a community of Redemptorists brought a replica of the icon with them when they established a permanent presence in Toronto.

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Texas slots rob gamblers with promises of big win

July 27, 2015
ROSE YBARRA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic leaders in the Texas Rio Grande Valley are alarmed by the detrimental effect they say local gaming parlours are having, especially on families. "I am sorry they are here in our county," said Deacon R.C. Salinas of Sacred Heart Parish in Escobares. "I don't think they are doing anybody any good."

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Seeds of faith have grown into an oasis for families

Matt LeBlanc and Marcus
July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the seeds of the Catholic Family Life Conference were sown in a small but zealous prayer group in St. Albert 20 years ago, the young families had no idea it would become the major annual event it is today. Led by Bob LeBlanc and his wife Deb, the group, rooted in the charismatic renewal, would get together after Mass to discuss their faith and watch videos of apologists and converts to the faith for inspiration.

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