WCR This Week

Archdiocese mourns the loss of Fr. Michael "Catfish" Mireau

September 24, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – The Catholic community is mourning the death of Father Michael (Catfish) Mireau, a priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and beloved district chaplain of Edmonton Catholic Schools. Father Mike died late Monday night following a heroic battle with cancer, one he documented over the last two years in an inspiring and provocative series of videos at www.fathercatfish.com. He was 42.

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Iraqis plead for Canada to open doors for families

September 22, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Images of war-torn towns, broken bodies of children, starving Iraqi people flash through the daily newscasts, splash across the front pages of newspapers. But there are those who know what these people are going through because they themselves fled the terror years ago and are now desperately trying to rescue relatives and friends left behind. Zeina Pauls of St. Albert and her two children have been living in the safety of Canada for 15 years.

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Barylo passes the praise for winning Kevin Carr Award

Marc Barylo

September 22, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Marc Barylo, the driving force behind Catholic Social Services' successful Sign of Hope fundraising campaign for 30 years, is this year's winner of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. Barylo, CSS's vice-president of development and community relations, is "an impassioned leader" who inspires his team of community leaders and volunteers, said Father Mike McCaffery, former archdiocesan chancellor, in nominating Barylo for the award.

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Bishops launch campaign against euthanasia

September 22, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

BEAUPRÉ, QUEBEC – The Canadian bishops are launching a national strategy to fight the push for euthanasia. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the CCCB will launch a "campaign to combat the movement in Canada to facilitate access to euthanasia" with the help of the Catholic Organization of Life and Family (COLF) and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Muslims, Christians seek way of peace

September 22, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians and Muslims agree that love, peace and hope are some of the most basic gifts they can offer as they practise their faith in Canada's secular society. At their second dialogue in Edmonton, leaders of both major religions encouraged participants to live out their faith so others will see them as people of faith and agents of peace and love. Almost 250 people, including Muslims of the Sunni and Shia sects and Christians of the Roman Catholic and Mennonite churches, attended the event at the Edmonton Islamic Academy Sept. 13.

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Papal visit to Albania honours persecuted Church

September 22, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Walking to a cemetery on All Saints' Day, watching television past 10 p.m., even slaughtering a kid goat on Easter were once so highly suspect in Albania, they would trigger neighbourhood spies to tip off communist authorities. The religious persecution the atheist state waged between 1944 and the 1990s was so severe, it prompted Pope Francis to make Albania the first country in Europe he visits.

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Development and Peace group visits typhoon-ravaged Philippines

September 22, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – A Development & Peace (CCODP) delegation visited the region of the Philippines devastated by last year's Typhoon Haiyan. Their trip in August was filmed for a documentary, which is still in production. Fran Lucas, national second vice-president of the Catholic Women's League, was one of 10 Canadians on the trip. Serving with the CWL for 23 years at St. Joseph's Basilica, Lucas was invited by CCODP to participate in the 11-day whirlwind solidarity trip.

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Action needed more than aid

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan

September 22, 2014
MARK ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the Middle East. "Christians are not (just) looking for humanitarian aid. They are looking for humanitarian action, to save Christianity in the Middle East," said Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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The many loves of Br. Donatus

Br. Donatus Vervoort

September 22, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The gold stars on his report card are many. Now 83, celebrating his 65 years of religious life, Brother Donatus Vervoort is hard pressed to reply when asked what the greatest joy has been in his life. "You have put me at a dilemma," and a smile softens his face. "Music! I love music. The choirs, the singing . . ." This comes from years of study at Ward Institute in Roermond, Netherlands. As a child, Donatus and his 11 brothers and sisters lived on a five-acre farm. The 250 chickens, two cows and two pigs supplemented their father's wages as a labourer at a linen factory.

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CCODP boosts outreach to young Catholics

Isabelle Kim

September 22, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is hoping to engage a new generation of young Catholics in creating a more just world. "I want to create a movement that will reflect and be embracive of all the changes in Canada's growing Catholic family, a movement that is multi-generational, where we will have meetings in five or 10 years with tons of kids running around, with people of First Nations descent and from all walks of life," said Isabelle Kim who is charged with expanding the organization's youth outreach.

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