WCR This Week

Priest heard God’s voice when he was 3

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Roger Rouleau is now a priest. Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the 34-year-old St. Albert man before a packed St. Joseph’s Basilica Dec. 3.

Several members of Rouleau’s family and most of the priests and deacons of the archdiocese were present for the ordination, the fourth this year. more . . .

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Calgary Anglican parish accepts pope’s invitation

December 13, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY - A year ago, Pope Benedict invited traditionalist Anglicans to return to the fold of Roman Catholicism. Calgary's St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church is the first parish in Canada to accept his offer.

The 70-member congregation held meetings for 10 months, conducted research, prayed, and discerned about the decision. A vote was held Nov. 21, with 90 per cent in favour of rejoining the Catholic Church. more . . .

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CCODP promotes the right to water

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Water is a human right yet millions of people in the developing world lack access to it. That’s in large part because the big corporations that control the water systems in many developing countries have turned water into a commodity, laments Sara Michel, interim regional animator of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). more . . .

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Parishes help shelter Edmonton’s homeless

December 13, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Upon their arrival in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph were told that there was no room for them in the inn, and so they took refuge in a stable until Jesus was born.

About 2,400 homeless men, women and children in Edmonton face a similar dire situation, with nowhere to live and hundreds of them camping outdoors in the river valley. more . . .

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Catholic School superintendent wins public service award

December 13, 2010
WHO
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY — Dr. Lucy Miller, chief superintendent of the Calgary Catholic School District, is this year’s winner of one of Alberta’s most prestigious honours for public service.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence is presented annually by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), an organization dedicated to excellence in the public service. more . . .

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Ukrainian Knights remember famine by hosting school lunch

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Knights of Columbus of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Parish commemorated the Holodomor — the forced famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s — by feeding elementary students at St. Bernadette Catholic School Dec. 1.

“What we are trying to do is have the kids understand hunger and what it might have been like to be hungry back then,” explained Maurice Chichak, the council’s grand knight. more . . .

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Narnia actor says Aslan symbolizes all spiritual leaders

December 13, 2010
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

LONDON — Catholic actor Liam Neeson said he thinks the magical lion of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series not only represents Christ but also symbolizes other great spiritual leaders. more . . .

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Devil is out to destroy the family, says pro-life speaker

December 13, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — “Right now, in our culture, the family is under attack,” says a well-known pro-life speaker.

“The enemy is very clever. He realizes that if he can destroy the family, he’s won (half) the battle,” pro-life speaker Christina King said at Protect Life’s first annual pro-life conference at Holy Family Church. more . . .

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MP’s bill would protect ‘gender expression’

December 13, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — A private member’s bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code has pro-family groups and individuals on high alert. more . . .

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Kenney lashes out at bishops’ critique of human smuggling bill

December 13, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has fired back at Canada’s bishops who criticized his anti-human smuggling bill.

The letter reflects a “long tradition of ideological bureaucrats who work for the bishops’ conference producing political letters signed by pastors who may not have specialized knowledge in certain areas of policy,” Kenney said in an interview. more . . .

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