WCR This Week

Romero protected his flock from political repression

Archbishop Oscar Romero
May 18, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, has become a symbol of Latin American Church leaders' efforts to protect their flocks from the abuses of military dictatorships. However, his life and the 35 years it took the Vatican to recognize him as a martyr also reflect decades of theological and pastoral discussion over the line dividing pastoral action from political activism under repressive regimes.

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Knights shocked as future state deputy dies

Grant Mann
May 18, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grant Mann believed the Alberta-Northwest Territories Knights of Columbus was beginning to stray from its original purpose and wanted to bring it back in line. With that goal in mind, he decided to run for the office of state deputy at the Knights' April 17-19 convention in Red Deer. He won and was to become the top leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta next month.

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Mother recalls trauma of daughter's disappearance, murder

Pauline Muskego
May 18, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – On May 18, 2004, Daleen Bosse was out with friends and was expected home that night. It was early the next morning that Bosse's mother, Pauline Muskego, began a journey that continues to this day. Muskego's son, Dana, was babysitting Bosse's daughter while she was out. He called his parents when Bosse did not call home to check on her daughter. "We came to Saskatoon right away to find out what was going on," Muskego recalled. "We didn't want to believe anything had happened."

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Destruction of native culture at root of women's disappearance

Glenda Abbott
May 18, 2015
BLAKE SITTLER
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

The deliberate attempt of European settlers to break down aboriginal communities lies at the root of the addictions, violence and incarceration that is the life of many indigenous women today, says a native studies professor. Europeans brought an end to the way aboriginal people passed on their culture from elders to their grandchildren by imposing an industrial school system, said Dr. Winona Wheeler. "It was a systematic, destructive, pre-conceived breakdown of our communities," Wheeler asserted.

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WCR again named top regional Church paper in Canada

WCR honoured
May 18, 2015
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Western Catholic Reporter has again been named the top regional Church newspaper in Canada, one of nine awards it received from the Canadian Church Press (CCP) May 1. The CCP has acknowledged the WCR as the country's first or second best regional Church newspaper seven times in the last nine years.

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Religion in Canada is a growth industry, says sociologist Bibby

May 18, 2015
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – Religion in Canada is a growth industry and Catholics are leading the way, says University of Lethbridge sociologist Dr. Reginald Bibby. Bibby backed his assertions with statistics from his own research as well as information from Statistics Canada. He acknowledged Church attendance has decreased, especially among teens, but it has now stabilized, largely due to Catholic immigrants.

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Sisters strove to save martyr's legacy

Sr. Maria Julia Garica
May 18, 2015
BR. OCTAVIO DURAN, OFM
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Church hierarchy in El Salvador has shown little interest in the relics of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the 35 years since his death, says the sister who is director of the hospital where Romero was murdered in 1980. "Now that the pope has recognized his martyrdom, everyone is interested in Romero, including those who disagreed with his message," said Sister Maria Julia Garcia, Carmelite superior and director of the Divine Providence Hospital in San Salvador.

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Drama explores power of conscience

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Coptic Christians calling out to Jesus during their execution on a Libyan beach. Gunmen storming Garissa University College in Kenya, targeting and shooting dead scores of Christian students. Iraqi Christians trapped in the mountains fleeing Islamic State persecution.

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Pastor sensed Dubois was called to the priesthood

Deacon Christopher Dubois
May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Father Dominic Yuen first met Christopher Dubois, he could tell there was a special calling on the young university student's life. A political science major attending Brandon University at the time, Dubois, the eldest of five children – two younger sisters and two younger brothers – was thinking of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a lawyer.

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Composer's music aims to bring the undead to life

May 18, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The dark and bloody opus of the zombie death metal that scores the wildly popular and violent video game Call of Duty series would not be a likely creation from the mind of a young Catholic. A zombie-themed conference featuring a choir clad in blood-smeared gowns would not be a likely event on a Christian school campus, either. Kevin Sherwood, senior sound designer and composer for software developer Treyarch, the company behind the Call of Duty Nazi Zombies game mode, was the keynote speaker at Concordia University of Edmonton's Religion and Pop Culture conference on May 1.

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