WCR This Week

Ukrainian men's choir exudes paschal joy

April 4, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Taras Koberynko has been singing all his life. "Ukrainians sing all the time," said Koberynko. "For Ukrainians, to sing is the song of the soul." In the traditional Ukrainian Eastern Orthodox church, everything is sung - from the entire Divine Liturgy to small services such as Baptisms.

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Corpus Christi culminates 16-year, $16M project

April 4, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

'What can I say? It's just beautiful," Archbishop Richard Smith exclaimed as he arrived in the sanctuary in preparation for the dedication of the new Corpus Christi Church March 19. It was a joyous day for the congregation, who had been worshiping in school gyms for more than a decade. "As we gather this morning for the dedication of this church, one word comes to mind: finally!" the archbishop said in his homily to the delight of the congregation.

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WYD group prepares with prayer

April 4, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A group of young people sit in a small chapel at Holy Family Parish in St. Albert on a late winter evening. They are deep in prayer. The scene is a small miracle - evidence of the work God has been doing in their lives since the group embarked on its journey to attend World Youth Day this year in Kraków, Poland. Along with the young pilgrims in the chapel are Mary Bazzarelli and Nicole Schoenberger. The two mothers will not travel to Poland, but they are leading the 21 young men and women in their spiritual preparation.

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Pope faces busy 5 days in Poland

April 4, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WARSAW, POLAND - Pope Francis will visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau during a July 27-31 visit to Poland for the celebration of World Youth Day, the Polish bishops announced. Up to 2.5 million young people from around the world are expected at the July 26-31 youth gathering in Kraków, which is less than 80 kms from the site of the death camp.

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Stelmach takes helm at Covenant Health

Ed Stelmach
April 4, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Ed Stelmach, it's all about preserving the legacy of the good sisters of yesteryear in order to serve the most vulnerable of today. That's why the former Alberta premier accepted the title of chair of the board of Covenant Health last January after serving as member at large since October 2012, a year after leaving the premier's office. Stelmach has always had a deep respect for Covenant, which has its roots in the religious orders of women that began caring for the ill in Alberta more than 150 years ago.

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Covenant Health honoured for top ethical practices

Covenant Health logo
April 4, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Covenant Health is the only Canadian company recognized as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. Ethisphere, a U.S. based firm, coaches and evaluates companies and institutions on how to define and create good ethical business practices. Gordon Self, vice-president of mission, ethics and spirituality for Covenant Health, said Covenant turned to Ethisphere last year for an independent evaluation that would help enhance the health organization's ethical practices.

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Covenant helps patients choose life

Covenant Health logo
April 4, 2016
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Covenant Health hospitals have already faced patients who tell them "I want to die." The ailing clients ask the doctor to give them drugs so they can commit suicide As a Catholic hospital committed to giving quality ethical care the doctor will not do this.

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Edmonton school board sets LGBTQ policy

April 4, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The board of Edmonton Catholic Schools has passed a revised inclusion policy that most trustees believe will protect sexually diverse students, staff and their families. But according to dissenting trustees Patricia Grell and board chair Marilyn Bergstra, the page-and-a-half policy is too vague to offer much protection to LGBTQ students and staff. Some parents were also disappointed.

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Christians frequent target in Pakistan

April 4, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The terrorist attack that killed more than 70 people in a Lahore park on Easter was not the first time that Christians in the Islamic country have been targeted, and observers say that, as things stand, it will not be the last time. The Asian Church news portal ucanews.com said this is largely because discriminatory laws, the state's patronage of militants groups, deep-rooted intolerance and chronic ignorance give rise to incidents of persecution in Pakistan.

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Pope pleads for gov't to protect minorities

April 4, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis appealed to the government of Pakistan to take steps to ensure the safety of the country's Christians and other minorities. The pope's appeal came March 28, the day after a terrorist bombing killed at least 70 people and injured more than 300 who were spending Easter afternoon in a public park.

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