WCR This Week

St Thérèse was doctor of humility, says pope

St Thérèse  of Lisieux

April 18, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict called St. Thérèse of Lisieux's autobiography, The Story of a Soul, a wonderful authentic "treasure" and invited everyone to read it.

The 19th-century Carmelite saint's teaching of "the 'little way" of holiness has been so influential in our time," he said April 6 at his weekly general audience.

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Jesus' feet washing is a call to service

April 18, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — When Jesus served the disciples by washing their feet at the Last Supper, he meant it as a sign for them to do likewise, says Oblate Father Paul Fachet.

As with the celebration of the Eucharist, Christ calls us "to do this in memory of me," said Fachet, a former long-time professor at Edmonton's Newman Theological College.

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Ontario conference plants seed of leadership in teenagers

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — Bishop Gerard Bergie urged a select group of Ontario high school students to take up the mantle of leadership and make Catholic education even better for future generations.

"We have an opportunity to take something that is good and make it even better so that we can create better leaders, because we can never rest on our laurels," said the St. Catharines, Ont., bishop.

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Social conservatives upset Harper closes door on abortion or marriage

April 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Social conservative leaders have expressed disappointment Prime Minister Stephen Harper refuses to reopen debates on abortion or marriage even if the Conservatives win a majority in the May 2 election.

But one prominent social conservative says taking these issues off the public agenda is a sign of a bigger problem: No serious issues — such as health care reform, immigration or serious nation security problems - get discussed in a responsible way in elections either.

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RCIA: Everyone has their story

April 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At Easter, 23 adults and children at St. Thomas More Parish will join the Roman Catholic Church. All of them have faith journeys poles apart that led them to the Church.

One decided to become Catholic after escaping injury when a table fell on his head. Another was intrigued by the writings of Pope Benedict. A third has been looking for the right church since she was six.

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Haunting Man of Sorrows entrances

April 18, 2011
BETH GRIFFIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK — The graphic depiction of Jesus as the suffering Man of Sorrows is not a crowd pleaser but is a crowd draw, according to a Jesuit art historian.

"No one would dispute the importance of Christ's sacrificial death in Christian theology, but we are less inclined today to decorate our living rooms with bloody representations of him," said Jesuit Father Gregory Waldrop.

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West has lost ability to believe in God, says Weisgerber

April 18, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The great accomplishments of the Western world have come at the cost of our faith, says the archbishop of Winnipeg.

"Our world has a very difficult time believing in God," Archbishop James Weisgerber told a recent Theology on Tap session.

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New missal translation to be implemented in Advent

April 11, 2011
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canadian Catholics will begin using the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) made the announcement April 4, after receiving recognitio for all sections of the revised Missal for use in Canada.

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CCODP visitor linked to Mexican pro-choice group

Michael Casey

April 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The archbishop of Ottawa has cancelled a visit by a Mexican priest over concerns his human rights organization was too closely allied with other groups fighting to decriminalize abortion.

Father Luis Arriaga, director of the of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), was scheduled to hold meetings and speak publicly on behalf of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) April 2-3.

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Ex-soldier marches to St. Joe's College

Fr. Terry Kersch

April 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Basilian Father Terry Kersch is a walking enigma, previously living the life of a soldier and then another as a man of the Gospel.

"The religious life and the military life, in some fundamental ways, are not all that different," said Kersch. "In the military life, it's the mission that takes precedence and part of your identity is putting yourself at the service of an overall mission.

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