WCR This Week

CCODP national council says it will decide on who receives funds

July 11, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Canadian bishops are welcome to advise Development and Peace about overseas partnerships but CCODP members say they will make final decisions about which organizations are funded.

CCODP's national council passed a unanimous resolution at a June 10-12 meeting that essentially reaffirms that funding decisions will be made by the council and its 12,000 strong predominantly lay members.

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Eucharist puts Jesus at the centre of the family

Fr. George McInnis

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Eucharist should be the centre of our lives as Catholics, says an American missionary.

Speaking at the Catholic Family Life Conference July 1, Father George McInnis said the Lord deserves to be the centre of our lives as Catholics and at the centre of our family life.

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Smith calls families to play a roll in new evangelization

Archbishop Richard Smith

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — The family today should be the subject and the first object of the new evangelization, said Archbishop Richard Smith.

"This is a historical moment and we are all as members of the Church becoming increasingly aware of the urgent need for the new evangelization," Smith said during a homily at the family life conference July 2.

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Trying is not good enough; God wants all of you

Michael Chiasson

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — When it comes to God and the Church, Calgary's Michael Chiasson is all in and his black T-shirt reveals his stance.

Speaking July 2, he demanded a similar commitment from his audience.

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U.S. author, apologist touts the family as the image of the Trinity

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July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Families are icons of the Trinity and the place where we learn to become holy, apologist Mark Shea told the annual Family Life Conference July 2.

"Families give flesh to the vision of the Trinity in the lovely and painful and beautiful expressions of real human beings living out the Gospel," he said. "In their faces, the faces of your family, we see the first face of Christ we'll ever meet."

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Icons draw spiritual seekers to Christ

July 11, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

Embracing the Christian life is a sacred mystery; icons possess a mysterious power to draw the spiritual seeker to Christ, says iconographer Matthia Langone.

Icons are artistic "written" images of Jesus, Mary, the saints, or angels which offer a living theology and experience of prayer. Iconographers not only offer their creative charism to God, they offer their whole heart, mind, and soul.

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Priesthood brought me closer to God — pope

July 11, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict reflected on his 60 years as a priest, calling it a demanding and "awe-inspiring" ministry that brought him closer to God.

The pope's personal recollection came June 29, the anniversary of his priestly ordination in Bavaria in 1951 and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.

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Priests, laity hold fort against rioters

July 11, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - The Canucks' Game 7 match against the Boston Bruins started off as a great day for Father Glenn Dion, rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral. He had been given a ticket to the coveted game as a gift, so he felt comfortable splurging on a new jersey at the Bay.

He enjoyed the game "even though we didn't win," and when he began walking home to the cathedral rectory he saw mostly happy people.

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Marriages get a boost as couples draw near to God

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July 4, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Miriam and Terry Sharp say they now have the kind of relationship they dreamt about thanks to a movement for married couples they joined in 2006 at Edmonton's Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish) Parish.

Not long after getting married in 2005 the Sharps started to notice something was missing in their relationship. Things were good, but not good enough.

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Sports anchor canned for tweet supporting marriage

July 4, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — The Catholic Civil Rights League is standing by the human rights appeal of Damian Goddard, a sports anchor fired for his Catholic views on traditional marriage.

Goddard, a former host of Connected on Rogers Sportsnet, plans to file a human rights complaint against his former employer, Rogers Communication Inc.

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