WCR This Week

Development and Peace warns 10 million lives at risk in the Horn of Africa

August 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is urging Canadian Catholics to help the 10 million people in the Horn of Africa whose lives are endangered by drought and famine.

CCODP spokesperson Kelly Di Domenico described the worsening situation in the region as “drastic.”

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Pilgrimage at Skaro

August 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Right from the beginning, the Twardowski men have led the processions at the annual Skaro Pilgrimage. So this year David Twardowski again walked at the head of the procession prior to the Aug. 14 evening Mass and the ensuing candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament.

How did the Twardowski tradition start? David says he doesn’t know.

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Mary shows us how to follow Jesus — Hamilton

Msgr. Jack Hamilton

August 16, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SKARO — The Virgin Mary offers Christians of every age "a beautiful example of unwavering faith," Msgr. Jack Hamilton said in his homily at the 93rd annual Skaro Pilgrimage.

Mary had "a confident reliance on God no matter how outrageous God's plan might seem at first," Hamilton said. "In this she is truly blessed and so are we."

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WYD pilgrims begin 'days you will never forget'

August 16, 2011
GRETCHEN CROWE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID — A cloudless blue sky turned to inky night as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day, celebrated by Madrid Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela.

Protected from the heat by white umbrellas and streams of soft mists, dozens of bishops and priests gathered on and around the makeshift altar to celebrate the Mass for pilgrims representing their homeland with flags, special hats, T-shirts and banners.

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The last Skaro pioneer

Walter Domshy

July 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Building things has summed up Walter Domshy's whole life.

The TV cabinet, keyboard stand and most of the furniture within his west Edmonton home were handcrafted by him. He's built merry-go-rounds, sandboxes and seesaws that are still in use at school playgrounds. He also made many useable items, such as the votive candle stand, found at Annunciation Church.

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Newman lays foundation for lay ministry

Fr. Stefano Penna

July 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A new online-based program and the reintroduction of an old program at Newman Theological College will prepare students for lay ministry.

The bachelor of theology program was intended to give students a basic understanding of theology and religious sciences and provide a foundation for pastoral leadership.

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Alta. Knights raise $237,000 to renovate building at St. Mary's

July 25, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY — Alberta's Knights of Columbus have raised about $237,000 for St. Mary's University College in Calgary.

"It took us a little over three years to raise the money. We had help from knights all over southern Alberta," said Leo Bunz who chaired Knights of Columbus fundraising committee. "We concentrated very heavily on the councils in southern Alberta for their donations."

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Inuvalit witness stolen lives

Laura Tabac

July 25, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

INUVIK, N.W.T. — Pictures tell stories. Stories tell us who we are. For 15-year-old Mary Masazumi the story falls into the category of mystery.

Her father Alfred is dead and there are no family photo albums at home in Fort Good Hope that stretch back into her father's childhood. Mary hoped to fill that gap pouring through binders of photos from the archives of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

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Residential schools' legacy still haunts

Gerry Kelly

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — The residential school system was a systemic sin that cannot be understood as separate from a broader colonial reality, says Gerry Kelly, a consultant on the residential school settlement.

Stressing that Canada's residential school system was entrenched in Canada's social policy, Kelly said, "We have to realize that we are dealing with a structural harm."

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Reconciliation lets people heal, move forward — Basilian

Fr. Daryold Winkler

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — The whole purpose of reconciliation is so our children and our children's children don't have to experience the same kind of pain that we did, says Basilian Father Daryold Winkler.

Speaking on forgiveness at a the fourth annual Directions on Aboriginal Ministry conference, Winkler, an aboriginal priest and academic from Ottawa, described reconciliation as a spiritual way of living that allows us to heal and move forward.

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