WCR This Week

Toronto deacon walks mean streets with pushers, pimps

Deacon Robert Kinghorn

November 28, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

It's a cool autumn night, and Robert Kinghorn begins his downtown ministry as night falls on Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto. Amid the hustle and bustle of night life near a local hamburger joint, Kinghorn stands out sporting a white Roman collar.

But here on these streets, Kinghorn, the deacon with a background in prison ministry, seems at ease.

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People die from hunger in Nairobi

November 28, 2011
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, KENYA -– Normally, Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Parish in the Kariobangi slum is an energetic celebration that runs for several hours.

But when the pastor, Comboni Father Paulino Mondo, noticed parishioners were starting to faint before Mass ended, he realized it wasn't exuberance that was making them weak. It was hunger.

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Little Children come to Jesus in adoration

November 28, 2011
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Rapt silence envelopes the cloud of children sitting at the feet of Father Dean Dowle.

A piece of incense is clasped in each child's hand.

"Don't eat it!" warns an adult voice as one youngster brings the black piece of plant material suffused with aromatic oils up to his nose.

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Food supply reflects power relationships

Dr. Nettie Wiebe

November 28, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – Food is not just about nutrients: it is about relationships, power and our connection to the earth, said the keynote speaker at a diocesan conference Nov. 5.

Dr. Nettie Wiebe, farmer, author and professor at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan, gave an overview of the food system during What's On Your Plate?, a conference organized through the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace.

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New Missal to increase 'awesomeness' of liturgy

November 21, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Catholics begin using the new Roman Missal on the first Sunday of Advent, they will find an "awesomeness" to the new translation that maybe wasn't as present in the previous incarnation, said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.

The new translation will mark the shift from using principles of "dynamic equivalence" to "formal equivalence" on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27. Its aim is to improve the liturgy, said Prendergast.

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Corpus Christi raises funds for church

November 21, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Eleven years after it was established, Corpus Christi Parish is getting ready to build its first church – a magnificent 4,400-square-metre facility for 1,500 people.

The new church will cost $16 million, which Father Jim Corrigan is hoping to raise through a pledge campaign.

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Euthanasia advocates take their case to court

November 21, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Vancouver – The effort to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide that was lost in Parliament in 2010, moved to the courts Nov. 14, but pro-life forces are fighting back.

On Nov. 14, in Vancouver, the B.C. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Carter vs. Attorney General of Canada, that challenges Canada's laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Students remember Ukrainian famine

November 21, 2011
BORIS RADYO
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On Nov. 25, the 38,000 staff and students in the Edmonton Catholic School District will recognize Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine-Genocide) Memorial Day.

Holodomor remains the greatest mass murder of civilians undertaken during peace time. Despite this infamy, Holodomor is still a little known and little understood event.

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Forgiveness redeems a tormented life

Doreen Trudeau

November 21, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – No matter how dreadful the crime, how appalling the sin, Doreen Trudeau remains convinced that Jesus' forgiveness is greater.

Trudeau, 66, is known in Edmonton for her work with seniors. She visits patients at various hospitals and care centres and takes them Communion. For 16 years she has been active with the Legion of Mary, participates in Bible study at St. Andrew's Parish, and loves spending time with her three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Atheists help faith to focus its thinking

November 21, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

With a title like The Future of Religion in a Secular Age the evening of high-minded talk on the campus of the University of Toronto might have been an invitation to religious hand-wringing.

The new atheists, religious illiteracy, technology, loneliness, multiculturalism and community breakdown were all on the agenda.

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