WCR This Week

Gambling priest gets jail time

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Ottawa priest Father Joe LeClair received a one-year jail sentence Mar. 19 for stealing $134,000 from parishioners to feed a pathological gambling addiction. The priest is also required to make restitution of the $134,000 to the Ottawa Archdiocese. LeClair, who pleaded guilty to fraud, theft and breach of trust, will also serve an additional year of probation once his prison sentence is completed.

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Hollywood finds money in the Bible

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A decade after The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood has seen the light again and it's the colour of money. A wave of Bible-inspired films will grace the big screen this year. Son of God, about the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is already playing across North America. Noah, released March 28, presents Hollywood's version of the great flood as told in Genesis. Exodus, coming in December, portrays the Israelites' flight to freedom. Hollywood has been born again.

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Quebec Trappists go upmarket

March 31, 2014
RON STANG
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

These are not your parents' Trappist monks. The Quebec Trappists, famed for their Oka cheese, have moved to a beautiful new monastery, installed state-of-the-art food production equipment and will be unveiling a contemporary website to showcase the dozens of their fine products, which largely used to be available only along the old Montreal-Ottawa Highway in the town of Oka, Quebec.

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Pro-life groups wary of future summit

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pro-life groups say they will keep a hopeful but watchful eye on the prime minister's upcoming summit on maternal, newborn and child health May 28-30 in Toronto. "We are looking at it hopefully, but recognizing it for what it is," said Campaign Life Coalition Ottawa lobbyist Johanne Brownrigg, who questioned the timing, considering the upcoming 2015 federal election.

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Former Anglican ordained to serve new Catholics

March 31, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

The fruits of Pope Benedict's efforts to welcome Anglicans to the Catholic faith were manifest at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral as Deacon Michael Shier was ordained a priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. "It's amazing that the ordinariate has actually happened," Father Shier said after his ordination March 15.

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Jesuits offer youth an opportunity to learn about India, Bhutan

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Walk through the tea estates of Darjeeling and meet the families who have spent generations harvesting the leaves that may end up steeped in Canadian cups. Meet the children of the lowest caste who, with classical musical instruments, literally play their way through school and then out of poverty.

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Missing aboriginal women remembered at memorial

March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – April Sparvier's name was sounded by one of her children and by her mother but she was not there to hear it. Sparvier had left a bar in North Central Regina Aug. 27, 2006 and was walking with a group when one of the group grabbed her purse.

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Catechumens filled with joy at becoming 'the elect'

Jodie Hill

March 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Shane Davies of Lloydminster was happy to have to opportunity to shake Archbishop Richard Smith's hand and hear his welcoming words. Davies called the moment "special" and said it makes him feel more connected to his newly-found faith. "I feel even more inclined to join the Catholic Church." Davies, 15, was one of almost 160 adult and child catechumens from across the archdiocese who affirmed their desire to become members of the Catholic Church in two separate ceremonies at St. Joseph's Basilica March 8-9.

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Work set to begin on Corpus Christi's $14M church

March 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jumping into a backhoe, Archbishop Richard Smith carved the frozen ground at 3307-28A Ave. signalling that construction of the Church of Corpus Christi can now begin. With shiny new shovels, dignitaries and Church officials helped in the symbolic task. It was a festive ground-breaking ceremony complete with an outdoor procession, a large fire, chocolate and pastries.

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Crucifix taken from deceased priest consoles pope

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Because his cassock doesn't have a breast pocket, Pope Francis said he wears a cloth pouch under his white robes to carry the crucifix he took from a deceased priest. Meeting March 6 with pastors of Rome parishes, Pope Francis said that while he was vicar general of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires he went to pay his last respects to a Blessed Sacrament priest, an extremely popular confessor, who had died in his 90s.

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