WCR This Week

Demand quality health care for the poor, the homeless

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Many Canadians have health outcomes similar to people in Third World nations, says the president of the Canadian Medical Association.

That includes the homeless, the rural poor, the disabled, single parent families and those living on reserves, Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull said at a May 17 fundraising banquet for an inner city ministry to the homeless.

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Southdown restores wounded Church leaders to health

June 6, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Southdown Institute CEO Sister Miriam Ukeritis describes the priests and men and women religious who come through her doors as “wounded healers.”

Ukeritis challenged the stigma that can attach to priests or religious who are sent to the residential treatment program that started 45-years ago as a residential program to treat priests with alcohol problems.

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Students make somber stop at murder site

logo - Sacred Heart School, Wetaskiwin

June 6, 2011
LINDA SCHMIDT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

WETASKIWIN – For the last eight years, Grade 9 students from Sacred Heart School in Wetaskiwin have been taking a year-end trip to Victoria.

The five-day field trip is filled with activities like caving, kayaking, whale-watching and museums. This year’s trip had a more poignant and sombre stop.

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Black Africa on bottom rung — Dallaire

Senator Romeo Dallaire

June 6, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Wealthy nations have established a pecking order among the world’s needy that says black Africans are the last to receive assistance, says Senator Romeo Dallaire.

He cited the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 killing 230,000 people.

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Slave Lake pastor yearns to build community of hope

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SLAVE LAKE - St. Peter's Catholic Church in Slave Lake survived the wildfire that destroyed a third of the town, says Father Joseph Jeyapaul Packiasamy.

Packiasamy, a native of India and pastor for the past three years, said when evacuees are able to return to the town of 7,000, he plans to work with other Christian pastors to "try to build a community of hope."

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Saints are heroes who live the Beatitudes — Rosica

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Pope John Paul II canonized or beatified many saints because he knew "the world needed heroes," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica told priests and lay people gathered for a pastoral day May 19.

What Pope John Paul did was present "a lot of people who look like us," Rosica said. "They became an invitation to others to be like them."

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Archdiocese announces appointments of priests

May 30, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Appointments of priests for the Edmonton Archdiocese. All appointments take effect Aug. 17, unless otherwise indicated:

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Over 50 years, Gartner has seen lots of changes

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WAINWRIGHT - After five decades of priesthood, Father Len Gartner is still grateful God chose him to look after his flock.

"Being a priest is the deepest privilege," says the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish. "It's a privilege I haven't fully grasped yet. I'm still trying to understand the great gift, the wonder of the gift."

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St. Mary's takes message of faith to Ukraine

Linda Dudar

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY - Teaching is a vocation because teachers educate God's most precious gift.

That was an important message professors from St. Mary's University College in Calgary delivered to their counterparts in Ukraine recently.

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Congregation of Faith rules roost in Vatican

May 30, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - As two recent documents illustrate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican.

Although it has fewer than 50 employees, including ushers and receptionists, whatever any Vatican office does or says having to do with faith and morals is a matter that falls under the congregation's gaze.

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