WCR This Week

Vatican dusts off the art of apologetics

January 30, 2012
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the Catholic Church, it's true that everything old can be new again, and the Vatican wants one of those things to be the art of "apologetics" – dusted off and updated to respond to new challenges, including those posed by militant atheists.

The term "apologetics" literally means "to answer, account for or defend." Through the 1950s even Catholic high school students were given specific training in responding to questions about Catholicism and challenges to Church teaching.

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Local Anglicans, RCs mark 40 years of joint actions

Pope Benedict

January 23, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Being friends and knowing each other well has served as a model for ecumenical ventures between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Edmonton.

"The more that we know each other in life, the more we have an ability to talk to each other about Church matters, whether theological, practical, liturgical or whatever," said Julien Hammond, associate director of ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Edmonton Catholic Archdiocese.

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VLT hamster wheel spun out of control

Book Cover

January 23, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Gisele Jubinville became a millionaire in 1993. By 2009, she had lost a good chunk of her fortune in video lottery terminals (VLTs) and slot machines.

She couldn't stop and would spend her days at bars, lounges and casinos trying to get her fix.

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Author spots Christian-Hindu similarities

Reid Locklin

January 23, 2012
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Libera nos a malo" is usually translated "Deliver us from evil," but the Latin word "libera" can also mean liberation.

The fundamental Christian desire to be free comes from the Lord's Prayer. But a Toronto university professor claims it's also a good way for a Catholic to understand Hindu theology.

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Windows shine light of Christ on new cathedral

January 23, 2012
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

One of the most striking features of Saskatoon's new Cathedral of the Holy Family is the innovative stained glass that adorns the building's white spire.

Those driving by on busy Attridge Drive can clearly see the solar-cell-equipped glass art of Lux Gloria, arrayed in three large sections of colour - red, gold and blue-green. Twelve small golden crosses are visible in the swirling colours of the glass panels.

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New cathedral becomes home for Jesus and his Saskatoon family

January 23, 2012
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – The new Cathedral of the Holy Family was officially declared the diocesan home for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon at a celebration on New Year's Day.

Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface was a special guest at the first diocesan celebration in the new building. During his time as bishop of Saskatoon, LeGatt initiated plans to construct the new cathedral and diocesan pastoral centre, in conjunction with a new church building for Holy Family Parish in northeast Saskatoon.

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Narcissism leads abusers to double life

January 23, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Bishop Raymond Lahey's double life while serving as a bishop in the Catholic Church might partly be explained by narcissism say experts who have worked with troubled or accused priests.

In December, the forensic psychiatrist who examined the 71-year old bishop told Lahey's sentencing hearing, he was a homosexual who had been involved in a "number of one-night stands" before entering a 10-year relationship with a man that he hoped to continue when he got out of prison.

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Holy Trinity brings Olds together

January 23, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every school day begins with a class leading morning prayer in the gymnasium. Father Maurice Okolie, from St. Stephen's Parish, visits the school about once a week. Crosses are prevalent throughout the whole school, above every door and in every window.

Such features make Catholic education a rewarding experience for students in Olds, population 7,500.

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Toronto Catholic artists express culture of life

January 23, 2012
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Musician Susan HooKong-Taylor is doing everything she can in her music ministry to build up the body of Christ.

One way is through a Catholic arts initiative called The Beads.

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African Women shattered by food crisis

Joan Ochieng

January 23, 2012
CHRIS HERLINGER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, KENYA – The year 2011 was not good for women such as Joan Ochieng. Just about everything was a struggle.

"We were not treated fairly," the Nairobi resident and single mother said of life in 2011, noting the many pressures, including spiraling food prices that caused her and her family of four children and one grandchild to often go to bed hungry.

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