WCR This Week

Francis pleads for end to child labour

June 27, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called on the world community to come together to eliminate the root causes that force millions of children into slave labour. Marking the World Day Against Child Labour June 12, the pope called for a renewed and united "effort to remove the causes of this modern slavery."

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'A sword has pierced the heart of our city'

June 27, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, Fla., urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12. "A sword has pierced the heart of our city," Noonan said in a statement. "The healing power of Jesus goes beyond our physical wounds but touches every level of our humanity: physical, emotional, social, spiritual," he said.

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Silent war rages against religion and free speech

Stephen Woodworth
June 27, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

There's a silent war going on in Canada, and fundamental freedoms are at stake, said a former MP. "I'm here to tell you it no longer is a free nation for everyone," said lawyer and politician Stephen Woodworth. "In the last five years, a new era has been entered in Canada, where public authorities deliberately choose to eradicate or suppress the freedoms that our ancestors fought, sacrificed and died to preserve."

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Vancouver priest celebrates Eucharist on the summit of Mount Baker

June 27, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

Ascending snow-covered Mount Baker was a spiritual journey for three adventurers who recently scaled its glacier. Father Bryan Duggan and father-and-son duo Michel and Luc Gloanec climbed the 3,000-metre peak June 4 and 5, then celebrated the Eucharist, often called the "source and summit" of the Catholic faith, on the summit. "The whole experience was very moving," said Duggan, director of the vocations office of the Vancouver Archdiocese and an avid hiker.

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Cancer prompts Rolheiser to write book about death

Fr. Ron Rolheiser
June 27, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Father Ron Rolheiser's next book will be about death. Five years ago the popular newspaper columnist, author, theologian and university administrator was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was caught early. A six-month round of chemotherapy seemed to knock it out. But two years ago it came back. Now there are chemo pills every day and check-ups every six months. "Right now I'm clean," said Rolheiser on a visit to Toronto in early June.

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Orthodox council flounders as 4 churches back out

June 27, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Orthodox patriarchs and primates are holding their first pan-Orthodox council in 1,200 years, but several Orthodox churches, including the largest, have refused to attend. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has urged leaders of Orthodox churches to join him for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. Four of the churches - the Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian and Russian Orthodox - announced they would not attend the gathering running from June 19 to 26 on the Greek island of Crete.

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St. Joseph's Oratory to get major upgrades

June 27, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Canada's most visited Catholic shrine is about to get a facelift. St. Joseph's Oratory, managed by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, will see $80 million in upgrades and new installations in a five-year project set to begin in 2017. The project includes a 360-degree observatory that will allow visitors to see as far as the American border 65 kms away.

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Remote Scottish monastery becomes place of renewal

Iona Abbey
June 27, 2016
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

On the rocky shoreline of the Hebridean island of Iona, a rambling grey-stone abbey stands amid wind-tossed purple heather, surrounded by Celtic crosses and ancient earthworks. When the Irish St. Columba settled here with a dozen monks in the sixth century, it was a dangerous, forbidding place, peopled by Pictish tribes and feuding warlords. Today, in peaceful times, it's still a stark setting for religious contemplation.

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Vatican urges bishops to respect gifts of new Church movements

June 27, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Local bishops have an obligation to welcome new movements and communities and guide them, while the groups have an obligation to obey the local bishop and avoid the appearance of setting up a parallel church, said a new Vatican document. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's letter to bishops around the world on "the relationship between hierarchical and charismatic gifts in the life and mission of the Church" was released June 14.

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Algonquin women say Mother Earth important in building reconciliation

Verna McGregor
June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - First Nations peoples and Canadians are on a path toward reconciliation, but can only achieve that goal if both parties work together, says the executive director of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres. "The time is now to build a better country," said Claudette Commanda, a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation near Maniwaki, Quebec, and a former University of Ottawa law professor. "We must do so for our children."

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