WCR This Week

Benedict announces Church to hold 'Year of Faith'

Pope Benedict

October 24, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict announced a special Year of Faith to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.

The pope said the Year of Faith would give "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life."

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Fr. Blanch was strong advocate for Justice

Fr. Michael Blanch

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LACOMBE – Father Michael Blanch was know as a humble priest and an advocate for social justice

More than that, he was a beloved shepherd and friend to many – a gentle soul who spent long hours talking and listening to his flock.

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St. Edmund Church marks 100 years

October 24, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeannette Helmig remembers the days of open spaces around St. Edmund Church.

"When we moved out here, we were on acreages," recalled Helmig, a parishioner for 72 years. "We used to raise chickens a block away from here."

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Carr calls Newman grads to embrace life's paradoxes

GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Graduates of Newman Theological College were called to put their faith to work promoting the quality of life, the "seamless garment" of justice and the integrity of creation.

Joan Carr, superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, said Catholic education prepares students "to live with, even embrace, the paradoxes of life."

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Catholics steer clear of online media

October 24, 2011
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Adult Catholics in the U.S. are reading the printed versions of their diocesan newspapers to a much greater extent than they read the online versions, says a new study.

The study, commissioned by the Catholic Press Association (CPA), showed that 26 per cent of adult Catholics had read a print copy of their diocesan newspaper or magazine in the past three months, but only four per cent had gone to their computer to view the online version of the publication.

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CCODP controversy dogs bishop's meeting

October 24, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

CORNWALL, ONT. – Controversy surrounding the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) continued to dog Canada's bishops as they began their annual plenary Oct. 17-21.

On day one of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) gathering of 75 bishops from across Canada, a Quebec pro-life group dropped off a 400-name petition demanding a complete review of CCODP.

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Summer course spurred teacher to go the distance

Sylvia Forrow

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A substitute schoolteacher, Sylvia Forrow, was this year's valedictorian at Newman Theological College.

During a summer session nine years ago, Newman College offered a two-week liturgical art and environment course. Since Forrow was on the art and environment committee at St. Anthony's and St. Agnes parishes, taking the course seemed like an ideal fit.

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Hospital chaplain went for 1 semester, ends up earning 2 degrees

Marian Huber

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ESTEVAN, SASK. – "Just one semester."

Those were the words of the late Regina Archbishop Peter Mallon and Oblate Father Heinrich Sicking when they encouraged Marian Huber to take courses at Newman Theological College.

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Preserving native art? Then value their cultures

October 24, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Ceremonial and sacred objects from different parts of the world present enormous challenges for art restorers; they must clean, repair and preserve very unusual and delicate materials such as blue kingfisher bird feathers glued onto an 18th-century Chinese metal headdress or hair and reptile skin decorating an Ethiopian string instrument made out of a gourd.

The Vatican's Ethnological Missionary Museum has more than 80,000 unusual artifacts from all over the world documenting the vast cultural and spiritual heritage throughout history.

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Catholic bookstores defy boom-bust

October 24, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

More and more web-savvy consumers are turning to their home computers to browse the latest book titles through online book marketers such as Amazon and Indigo.

As a result, local Catholic bookstores have been forced to adapt to the apparent growth of online shopping.

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