WCR This Week

Cut in provincial tax credit has charities concerned

Ted Bosse
April 20, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic charities are crying foul at the recent Alberta budget cut to the tax credit for charitable donations. Once among the highest in the country, the credit has been reduced to 12.75 per cent from 21 per cent for donations more than $200 ndash; meaning less incentive to give money to charity, including the Church. "I'm disappointed that the Alberta government would choose to do that," said Connie Lunde, director of development at the Edmonton Archdiocese. "For Canada, Alberta's was the most generous tax credit for charitable giving so it is disappointing that that's one of the ways they want to save money."

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Winnipeg volunteer drop-in still needs funds to serve its homeless clientele

April 20, 2015
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – The Our Place-Chez Nous drop-in centre, in the heart of the infamous Main Street strip, is helping more people than ever ndash; a testament to the dedication of its volunteers, but a sign homelessness isn't going away. "More and more people are coming to Chez Nous," said its former director, Larry Stuart, at a recent fundraiser. Stuart said the only revenue source for Chez Nous' $40,000 budget is donations. "We pay no wages; we rely on volunteers."

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CCODP seeks political solution for Syria

April 20, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – Four years into Syria's civil war, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is petitioning Ottawa to work harder for peace in the region and to increase aid to the war's victims. An online petition launched by CCODP calls on the federal government to provide more aid, make a diplomatic contribution to a peace plan and increase its efforts to choke off the money that keeps both the Assad regime and ISIS fighting.

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Providence guided women down dusty roads to heart's goal

April 20, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It has been a long journey with many side roads for Sister Mary Phillips to reach her destination with the Sisters of Providence of Montreal. From her beginnings in Newfoundland, Phillips, 53, has gone through a marriage and divorce, raised two sons and worked with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity before she found her home with the Sisters of Providence. Even so, her heart yearns to return to work in overseas missions. Phillips will profess her temporary vows in Edmonton April 26.

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Broad strategy needed to ensure Mid-East peace

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher
April 20, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada and the global community need to offer a broader response than military intervention to the crisis in Iraq and Syria, say Canadian Church leaders. "We are convinced that military efforts to end or limit the present atrocities must be accompanied by other steps," said a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed by 23 leaders of the nation's churches. Among the signatories of the April 6 letter sent by the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) was Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

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Leduc Way of the Cross

April 20, 2015

Community members joined Fr. Leo Hofmann and parishioners of St Michael's Catholic Parish in Leduc for the parish's second annual Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 3. About 165 people took part in the event, nearly double the number of participants as last year.

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Deserted youngster just needed to be loved

Fr. Bob Mitchell
April 20, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

We ought to love as Jesus loves, says Father Bob Mitchell. Speaking to employees of the archdiocesan Pastoral and Administration Offices, the Franciscan priest said love is essential to transform the world, which is the mission of the Church. "All beings, Christian and otherwise, are called to love. And there isn't a person in this room who doesn't need to be loved, who doesn't need to be accepted."

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Turcotte never lost the common touch

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte
April 20, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, cardinal of the people, died April 8 in Montreal's Marie-Clarac Hospital. The 78-year-old cardinal, who served as Montreal's archbishop for 22 years, was diabetic, and his health had been in decline for several months. He was moved to palliative care March 24. Turcotte was remembered as a populist, a down-to-earth cleric with a common touch who once supported an ad campaign that urged Montreal residents to pray for his beloved Canadiens to make the National Hockey League playoffs.

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Oblates were founding force for Western Church

St. Eugène de Mazenod
April 20, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have deep roots in Edmonton and in Canada as a whole. In fact, the missionaries were paramount in establishing the Edmonton Archdiocese and other dioceses across the West. After helping to establish the Church in Eastern Canada, they rolled out across the Prairies founding missions, parishes and dioceses. One of their most important Western missions was St. Albert, which in 1871 became the seat of a diocese under Oblate Bishop Vital Grandin.

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Oblates feel heartbroken to leave Yukon

April 20, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
B.C. CATHOLIC

The religious order that brought Catholicism to much of Canada is facing hard questions about its future. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate sold its only Yukon property in February, closing a 117-year history of service. "Our numbers have been diminishing and our personnel are aging," said Father Richard Beaudette, superior of Lacombe Province, which includes all of Canada except Quebec.

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