WCR This Week

Stein shows the way for Red Deer students

July 7, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

There is a new road in Red Deer, but you won't find it on any map. It's called Father Don Way in honour of Father Don Stein. The ebullient priest, now retired and living at Edmonton's Villa Vianney, was a pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Deer. Part of his community activities there included blessing the work of Building Opportunities at Notre Dame High School. This program involved students in building a house in the community.

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Bishops' synod to scrutinize threats to today's families

Pope Francis

July 7, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to transmit moral teachings amid a "widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis" of the family. The 75-page instrumentum laboris, published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to "provide an initial reference point" for discussion at the synod. The synod's theme will be the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization."

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Second synod is set for Oct. 2015

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri

July 7, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Representatives of the world's Catholic bishops, meeting in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church's pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops' conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic churches and Vatican officials.

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Jesuit a pioneer in media literacy

Fr. John Pungente

July 7, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Jesuit Father John Pungente has been fighting media illiteracy for half a century, and for his work the Marshall McLuhan Initiative has awarded him and the Jesuit Communication Project its Medium and Light Award. Pungente and the JCP were selected as this year's recipients of the award for "their longstanding dedication to media literacy in the tradition of Marshall McLuhan's lament, 'I don't want them to believe me. I just want them to think,'" said Howard Engel, director of the McLuhan Initiative.

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Catholic blogger writes for those 'at the intersection of the cross'

July 7, 2014
JULIE ASHER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When Catholic blogger Heather King is asked who her readers are, she describes them as "anyone with a bleeding heart who lives at the intersection of the cross." King is a book author and essayist who also has a blog, shirtofflame.blogspot.com. She told the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte how she embraced sobriety after years as a "falling down drunk," why she decided to become a Catholic and what led her to give up practising law to follow a "sacred call" to become a writer.

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World Cup should promote solidarity, says Pope Francis

World Cup Soccer Ball

June 23, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
and LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis called on fans and competitors at the World Cup to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace. He also warned against all forms of discrimination on the sidelines, in the stands and on the field: "Let no one become isolated and feel excluded! Watch out! 'No' to segregation, 'no' to racism!"

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St. Vincent de Paul Society takes stronger advocacy role

Peter Ouellette

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will become a stronger advocate for the poor as well as continuing its longstanding charitable work of providing food, furniture and clothing to those in need. "We are recognizing that the idea of giving to those living in poverty is a wonderful short-term solution, but it does not change the situation of those living in poverty," says Peter Ouellette, president of the Western Region of the society.

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Prostitution bill receives crucial second reading

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – After only five hours of debate, the federal government's prostitution bill passed a June 16 second reading vote by 139 to 117, with no support from the New Democratic, Liberal or Green parties. "For the first time in Canadian history, Bill C-36 will amend the Criminal Code and shift the burden of criminality from the sellers to the buyers," MP Joy Smith said in a statement.

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Round up the whole parish and embrace RCIA inquirers

Nick Wagner and wife Diana Macalintal

June 23, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The work of forming new Catholics is not just the job of the RCIA team but of the whole parish. That was one key message delivered to RCIA members from across Western Canada by Nick Wagner and his wife Diana Macalintal, founders of TeamRCIA, a California-based ministry that offers a variety of online and in-person training for Church ministers and volunteers.

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Only God can bring peace to Holy Land

June 23, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. "More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it," the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens.

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