WCR This Week

Southside church on target to open before Christmas 2015

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Expectation is increasing among Corpus Christi parishioners as their new 1,500-seat church continues to go up without a hitch. The church, now more than half-built, is expected to be ready by December. "It's all up. We will celebrate Christmas at Corpus Christi in 2015," vows Father Jim Corrigan, the pastor. "What I have been telling people is, 'Take a drive by 34th Street and 28th Avenue and take a look at the church that you are building because it's really quite amazing.'"

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Atonement sister supports victims of domestic violence

Sr. Lucinda Patterso

January 12, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Domestic violence happens in one out of three homes. This statistic comes from someone who deals with this tragedy – hidden by closed doors and threats. Sister Lucinda Patterson, CEO of Lurana Shelter for 17 years, has seen the damage first hand, and she and her staff work to heal the shattered lives of women and children, and to prepare them to live independently.

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Joly a vibrant priest who had a great love for nature

Fr. Jacques Joly, omi

January 12, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He loved nature. He could stop and marvel at a flower. He had an ability to see beauty in everything. He loved hockey and was an Oilers fan. That's how colleagues remember Father Jacques Joly – a popular Oblate missionary who spent more than five decades ministering to flocks throughout Alberta. "He was a fellow who was very direct, very sincere and very honest. He spoke words that went to your heart," recalls his friend and colleague Father Camille Piche, a former provincial superior of the Oblate Fathers.

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NZ cardinal seeks 'pastoral approach' in ending hunger for 'eucharistic food'

Cardinal-designate John Dew

January 12, 2015
PETER GRACE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Cardinal-designate John Dew of Wellington has appealed for a more pastoral approach for some of the family issues facing New Zealand Catholics. At the 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, he called on Church leaders to discuss a "pastoral approach" to ending "the scandal of hunger for eucharistic food."

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Quebec's Holy Door proves to be a popular attraction

January 12, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

QUEBEC – A year of celebration in the Archdiocese of Quebec drew more than 350,000 pilgrims through the Holy Door of Quebec City's Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Québec. The celebrations began in 2013 on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when Notre Dame, North America's first parish, marked the start of its 350th year.

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Church agencies reject refugee discrimination

January 12, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Religion should never be used to priorize Syrian refugees for resettlement, said Catholic agencies amid reports that the Canadian government intends to give preferential treatment to religious minorities. The CBC and Post Media both reported that the government intends to accept into Canada only Syrian refugees who face religious persecution. Quoting sources inside a United Nations High Commission for Refugees pledging conference in Geneva, the media outlets claimed Canada clashed with the UNHCR over the government's intended policy.

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Pope's eyes turn toward children at Christmas

January 12, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christmas, it is often said, is for children. So Pope Francis gave special attention to the gift of children during his talks in the Christmas season. The pope extolled the miracle of children in one talk and, in another, called on "Baby Jesus" to save the millions of children who are abused and mistreated. "A child is a miracle" that changes the lives of his or her parents, he said in an audience with an Italian association for large families on Dec. 28, the feast of the Holy Family.

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Local Filipinos ecstatic over pope's visit to the Philippines

January 12, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics from the Philippines are ecstatic over Pope Francis' visit to their homeland Jan. 15 to 19. "It is a blessing because the vicar of Christ is coming to visit them," said Father Joselito Cantal. The pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Edson, Cantal was born and grew up in the Philippines, and still has family there. "We know the pope's heart is very close to the poor," Cantal said in an interview.

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Pope calls all to a mission of peace

January 12, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Peace is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one's family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. "At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don't get along with that person? Make peace. In your home? Make peace.

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Mother's concern is for her children

Hanadi Shehadeh

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RAMTHA, JORDAN – Samira has spent much of the past several years living in fear. When the crisis in her home province of Dara'a, Syria, began in 2011, she was "afraid for my kids to go to school." When the bombing in her village began, she hid in a shelter. When she emerged, "We saw big tanks, I didn't even try to reach my house."

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