WCR This Week

John Paul's beatification greeted with tears of joy

May 9, 2011
FR. RAYMOND DE SOUZA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

VATICAN CITY — One of our young people at Newman House recently asked me whether I ever cry. I tear up quite rarely, save for the liturgy, when it happens not rarely, and not just at funerals. Perhaps it is a grace God has given me, to feel on occasion the reality that the liturgy makes manifest.

Tears often mark an intense encounter with reality, and the liturgy opens to us the world that is most real. Whether grace or simple sentimentality, weepiness can be rather awkward for a priest, as it gets in the way of leading the worship and is rather distracting for the people.

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New state deputy transformed by faith

Gary Johnson

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gary Johnson of St. Albert is the new leader of the 17,000 Knights of Columbus in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Johnson, 64, was elected state deputy at the Knights’ convention in Calgary April 29 to May 1. He was state secretary prior to the election.

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WCR receives 5 Church press awards

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May 9, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has again been honoured for general excellence among Canadian Church newspapers.

The WCR received the second place award for general excellence among regional Church newspapers at the annual convention of the Canadian Church Press, held April 27-29 in Chicago.

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The cross is humanity's liberation

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — They walked in silence through the streets of downtown Edmonton following a small wooden cross.

About 80 Catholics, including a handful of seminarians from St. Joseph Seminary, took part in the Way of the Cross organized by Communion and Liberation, a local Catholic movement with international roots.

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Bin Laden's death a cause to reflect, not rejoice — Vatican

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement May 2 reacting to the killing of bin Laden, a man Lombardi said sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths.

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Oblates, sisters tell of joys, sorrows in residential schools

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — Dating back to the 1870s, and through most of the 20th century, more than 150,000 first Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.

The federal government's aim was to "civilize," Christianize and assimilate aboriginal people into Canadian society. Canada had more than 130 residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996. The policy behind the Church-run schools was to kill the Indian in the child. Many students suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

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Chaplain makes St. Francis' words live.

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Carla Cuglietta is all about helping others, whether the family is across the street or across the world.

A teacher and chaplain at Austin O’Brien High School, Cuglietta was inspired at least 10 years ago by a TV documentary about a woman who felt called to help abandoned children. The children were living in a garbage dump.

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World turning against nuclear arms

Douglas Roche

May 9, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The desire to rid the world of nuclear weapons is gathering momentum, says Senator Douglas Roche.

“Nobody loves nuclear weapons — except their powerfully placed defenders in government, their supporters in the military and terrorists,” Roche says in new book, How We Stopped Loving the Bomb.

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Holy Trinity hands build Jamaica bonds

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jamaica is known for its sunny beaches and tourist resorts, making it a common vacation destination. A few parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain view the Caribbean country much differently.

Next to Haiti, Jamaica is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Of its three main areas — Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston — Mandeville is the most impoverished.

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John Paul II still draws a crowd

May 9, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

John Paul II is blessed because of his faith — a strong, generous and apostolic faith,” Pope Benedict said May 1 just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor.

Many among those attending Pope John Paul’s beatification had personal stories about seeing the late pope or even meeting him, and Pope Benedict ended his homily at the Mass sharing his own personal story.

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