WCR This Week

Violent upsurge in Iraq has pope, bishops call for peace

July 7, 2014
DAVID GAVLAC
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Thousands of Iraqi Christians fled shelling by extremist militants and were seeking refuge in the neighbouring autonomous Kurdistan region, said Catholic leaders in northern Iraq, who expressed grave concern for the people's fate. "It's going from bad to worse," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda of Irbil told Catholic News Service by telephone June 28. "Over 40,000 Christians have left the villages of Qaraqosh and Karamlish over the past three days. They are really, really afraid."

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Pope happy students asked him to visit

July 7, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis likely won't be visiting Edmonton's St. Francis School but he is pleased the students invited him. The pope's response came via a letter from Archbishop Angelo Becciu of the Vatican's Secretariat of State to Archbishop Richard Smith. In the June 9 letter, Becciu thanks the students for a video presentation they sent to the pope earlier this year and says, "He appreciates your thoughtful gesture."

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Think tank debunks common tax myths on income splitting

Andrea Mrozek

July 7, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Income splitting is not a tax break for the rich, but a "policy to correct an inequity in the current tax system that treats households with similar income differently," says the head of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC). "Critics don't like it because it means less tax income for government and more income for families," Andrea Mrozek writes in an IMFC report debunking myths about income splitting as a method of tax relief.

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Pipeline concerns range from theology to the 'rule of law'

July 7, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When the Harper Conservative government approved the Northern Gateway pipeline June 17, it launched a debate likely to figure prominently in the 2015 election. The debate will involve environmental concerns, aboriginal rights and the health of Canada's resource-based economy. The government decision marked the acceptance of the National Energy Board's (NEB) conditional approval of the pipeline that would bring bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to the British Columbia coast so it can be shipped to world markets.

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Vocations need to be encouraged

Fr. James DeBeer

July 7, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Men who consider joining the priesthood were likely encouraged to do so by a priest, yet many priests are reluctant to talk to youth about religious vocations, says Father James DeBeer, director of vocations for the Winnipeg Archdiocese. "The most successful invitations come from pastors and parish priests," says DeBeer, adding, "A great majority of priests do not encourage the young to join them."

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Women's shelter now offers daycare

Naomi Broadhead and Patrica Garrett

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Women with children who have experienced family violence can now return to work, school or job training without the added challenge of securing outside daycare. Since opening in 1987, Wings of Providence has provided safe and secure apartment living and counseling to more than 1,000 women and 2,300 children. Last year alone, Wings served 109 women and 242 children.

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Corpus Christi takes Jesus to the world

Corpus Christi banner

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Patients at the Edmonton General Hospital, young people moving out of their apartment, women sunbathing and teenagers tossing a Frisbee in the park all stopped what they were doing to watch the outdoor Corpus Christi procession June 22. The procession through parts of downtown Edmonton, featured the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exposed, not only to faithful Catholics, but to the whole world.

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Families deepen faith at Lac Ste. Anne

Patrick Schiller

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Faith begins with the family. Formation starts in the parent/child relation. Home is where learning about communication, prayer, forgiveness and other virtuous qualities are nurtured. This message was reinforced at the 19th annual Catholic Family Life Conference, June 27-30 at Lac Ste. Anne. The gathering attracted more than 2,000 people seeking to deepen their faith. "This is a massive conference full of Catholic families that come from all over.

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Zynel was dedicated to his priesthood

Fr. Karol Zynel

July 7, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Welcoming is the first word that springs to people's lips when they talk about Father Karol Zynel. "He was the one who welcomed priests coming to the archdiocese," says Father Mitch Fidyka. The two priests met 29 years ago when Zynel came to the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Quebec euthanasia law confounds docs

Maurice Beire

July 7, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quebec physicians face moral and legal quandaries as their province prepares to implement its new euthanasia law contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. The law, dubbed innocuously An Act Respecting End of Life Care, is not slated to go into effect for another year to 18 months, but already Quebec doctors who want answers concerning malpractice insurance have no certainty whether they will be covered in cases involving euthanasia.

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