WCR This Week

KAIROS' funding cut worries CCODP

March 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The ongoing controversy over KAIROS funding is creating confusion and concern in the development community says Michael Casey, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).

"It would be good if some clear guidelines emerged out of this," said Casey. more . . .

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Renounce selfishness

March 7, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Lent is a time for self-examination and to let go of all traces of selfishness, which is the root of violence, Pope Benedict said. more . . .

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Commit, then go forth and evangelize

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Evangelizing is done best through example, says Patty Schneier, a wife, mother of three, cantor and radio show host from Missouri. more . . .

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Provincial cut slashes innovative program

Debbie Engel

March 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Drastic funding cuts to an innovative government grant program has Edmonton Catholic Schools reevaluating its budget.

Effective Sept. 1, Alberta Education's $80 million province-wide funding for the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) will be slashed in half, reduced to $40 million. Edmonton Catholic, now in its fourth three-year AISI cycle, received about $4.5 million in AISI grants last year. more . . .

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Indian pastor brings international experience to Italian parish

Fr. 'James' Chitteth

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — For the most part, the congregation at St. Maria Goretti Parish is elderly. That's the first thing Father Mathai Chacko Chitteth noticed when he took over as pastor of the city's Italian parish in February. more . . .

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Sisters of Sion say 'farewell' after 50 years of ministry

Sr. Terry Horvath

March 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Sisters of Sion were sent to North America in 1892 with the encouraging words, "Congratulations, go and do something."

When the first three sisters came to Edmonton in 1961, they remained busy "doing something," mostly serving in the schools or in parish work. Father Joseph McGrane was instrumental in bringing Sister Alice Godin and two others from the order to Edmonton to help in his parish of St. Angela. more . . .

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Knights provide chaplain with right tools for hospital evangelization

Fr. Oscar Monroy

March 7, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — As a Catholic chaplain, Father Oscar Monroy spends most of his days providing pastoral and spiritual services to patients, families and staff at the University of Alberta Hospital. more . . .

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New primate passionate for the Gospel

Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix

March 7, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC CITY — Quebec's new Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix did not get the usual telephone call from the nuncio when he was informed of the pope's appointment.

Instead Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana invited Lacroix to Ottawa to meet him. more . . .

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Born in war, student creates peace cover

Maja Milijkovic

March 7, 2011
COLLEEN RING
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — In November, the staff and students of St. James School embarked on a project which served to continue a school-wide focus on the importance of peace and resulted in the joint creation of a peace calendar which showcased the students' art and written work. more . . .

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Watching an abortion triggers conversion

March 7, 2011
VALERIE SCHMALZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

SAN FRANCISCO — A woman who walked away from her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director after helping with an ultrasound-guided abortion is preparing to enter the Catholic Church. more . . .

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