WCR This Week

Chosen child fights for the unborn

November 29, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The only time Ruth Lobo felt afraid during her arrest on the Carleton University campus last October, was when the Ottawa police slammed the doors of the paddy wagon and left her inside alone.

"I didn't know what was happening and I couldn't see my team," the 23-year-old student said. more . . .

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Visiting sisters sample Canadian Life

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Winter might be cold but Canadians are a warm and polite bunch. That's the view of a group of foreign Sisters of Providence and novices currently visiting Alberta. more . . .

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Brothers murder led chaplain to seek justice that heals

November 29, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Justice is not just about determining guilt and punishing the offender but also about creating peace and harmony between victim, offender and the community, says Pierre Allard.

More important than determining guilt or innocence is finding a way to make things better, said Allard, one of Canada's strongest promoters of restorative justice. "How can we get beyond pain?" more . . .

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Dementia cries out for spiritual sustenance

November 29, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

"Dementia causes the patient to forget. It should not cause us to forget the patient," said Father John Siberski, who gave Covenant Health's annual Gordon Reid MacDonald Memorial Lecture.

Siberski quoted Psalm 71.9: "Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent." more . . .

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Micro finance enables poor from developing world to build a future

November 29, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The global economy should operate with everyone's benefit in mind, not just those living in rich countries, Pope Benedict stressed in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate.

Every economic decision, said the pope, has a moral consequence. more . . .

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Winnipeg art studio aids mentally ill on the path to recovery

November 29, 2010
JAMES BUCHOK
PRIAIRE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — Art can challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by the mentally ill and aid in their recovery, says a Winnipeg artist diagnosed with schizophrenia.

In 2005 Nigel Bart founded ArtBeat Studio in Winnipeg's Exchange District with seven artists, each given free studio space for six months, ending with a show and sale of their works. more . . .

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Bible written for community — Miller

November 29, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller says he hopes Canadian Catholics will not see the latest papal exhortation Verbum Domini — the Word of God — as a call simply to engage in more Bible study. more . . .

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The Point creates a sense of belonging

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brian Holdsworth converted to the Catholic Church about seven years ago. A negative consequence was that he lost old friends who either did not understand or approve of his conversion. New to the Church, he did not immediately have any Catholic friends either.

"It was a real shock, a culture shock, to not have any friends around me all of a sudden, and not have any community around me anymore," said Holdsworth. more . . .

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Christians seek prison justice that works

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As he sat in jail month after month trying to make sense of his life, Bruce Rowe one day knew he wasn't quite so interested in freedom.

"I realized when I was inside, all of that didn't matter if I didn't become a better person," said Rowe.

Prison isn't philosophy class. They're not asking what it means to be human. Nor is it a great place to form community, to discover your humanity by sharing your experience with others. more . . .

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CCODP gets clean bill from Canada's bishops

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Catholics can be confident money they contribute to the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) "will be properly spent and properly supervised," said Msgr. Patrick Powers.

In a Nov. 12 interview from Rome, the secretary general of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said the work of an ad hoc committee of bishops established a year ago has produced "substantive results" and has "brought everyone together." more . . .

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