WCR This Week

Pope tackles debt, death penalty in Peace Day missive

December 21, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped laws that welcome and integrate migrants. The pope urged individuals, communities and nations to not let indifference, information overload or pessimism discourage them from concrete efforts "to improve the world around us, beginning with our families, neighbours and places of employment."

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Time to reconcile with natives - Anglican bishop

December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The truth part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission process is done; now is the time for Canada to enter into reconciliation, said Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. MacDonald, who is the first national indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, spoke at Toronto's St. Gabriel's Parish Nov. 25 to reflect on how Christians can help repair Canada's relationship with indigenous people.

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Quebec, Ottawa tussle over euthanasia

Jody Wilson-Raybould
December 21, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A jurisdictional battle between Quebec and the federal government over euthanasia and assisted suicide is heading for the Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC). On Dec. 3, the federal government asked the SCOC for a six-month extension on the Carter decision that had struck down sections of the Criminal Code against assisted suicide. The Carter decision comes into effect Feb. 6, 2016, but the extension, if granted, would extend the suspension until Aug. 6, 2016. The present prohibitions against assisted suicide and euthanasia would remain in place until then.

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Jesuit college responds to TRC report

Fr. John Meehan
December 21, 2015
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA - Campion College, a federated college with the University of Regina, outlined initiatives it intends to take in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC released a report in June with recommendations intended to reconcile differences between Canada's Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations. Most have to do with the impact residential schools had on First Nations society.

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Superintendent saw each child as a gift of God

Bernadette Provost
December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bernadette Provost may have retired, but she has not been forgotten. The former long-time superintendent of the Lakeland Catholic School District was recently honoured with the prestigious life membership award from the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association (ACSTA). During her 16 years as superintendent of Lakeland Catholic, Provost, 69, was a hands-on leader who visited each of the seven schools in the district monthly to meet with the principals.

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Vancouver parish has mercy on its penitents

December 21, 2015
JOSH TNG
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

To prepare for the jubilee year's theme of forgiveness, a Vancouver parish is completely revamping its confessionals. "A few months ago, when we were brainstorming how to celebrate the Year of Mercy, we realized the sacrament of confession is a big part," said Father Justin Huang, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. "To celebrate Confession, which is such a big part of our lives, we need a visual reminder of God's mercy."

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Canadian hears the cries of Haiti's abandoned children

December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In 2010, Morgan Wienberg's future was set: she was headed to McGill University to study nursing to specialize in pediatric surgery because she knew she wanted to work with children. But her plans were derailed when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. The young Whitehorse native said she will never forget how she felt watching the devastation on the news, with thousands dead and left homeless.

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Downtown chapel gets 2nd floor location.

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Christmas shoppers buzzed through City Centre Mall, the opening of St. Benedict Chapel in a busier space on the second floor was nothing short of providential. Father Oscar Monroy, chaplain of the chapel, beamed with joy as people poured in from the mall, filling the sanctuary at the standing-room-only mid-day blessing of the new space by Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Mary, Joseph thrilled to be in L'Arche pageant

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At least 250 people know what Christmas is all about to Jeff Fidelak. That was the size of the audience that packed St. Thomas d'Aquin Church on Dec. 14 for the annual L'Arche Christmas Pageant. Fidelak, in his wheelchair, was pushed to the stage and lifted by a stagehand to triumphantly assume the starring role of Joseph in the beloved rendition of the birth of Jesus.

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Vancouver launches Laudato Si' webpage

December 21, 2015
JOSH TNG
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Since the release of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', the Vancouver Archdiocese has set up a new climate concern webpage to collect all things climatic. "The purpose of the Laudato Si' webpage is to attract those who are interested in being a part of this climate of change," said Winetta Lee, a communications assistant for the archdiocese. Lee helped put together the webpage. "Whether you've attended the Laudato Si' symposium or (not), we hope that our webpage encourages people to do something more."

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