WCR This Week

Faith calls us to love creation – sister

November 21, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
THE PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Society has a moral sense of suicide, homicide and genocide “but no moral sense of biocide or geocide,” says a Catholic bioethicist.

Sister Mary Rowell was quoting the late Thomas Berry, an American priest and ecologist as she spoke at the Canadian Religious Conference Oct. 29.

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Prison chaplains bring Christ's love behind bars

November 14, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic prison chaplains don't judge prisoners and they love inmates as God does. They believe inmates should have the opportunity to change, to heal and to rebuild their lives no matter how hopeless or lost they feel.

"As a society we have no use for them, we are desensitized to them but they are human beings loved by God," says chaplain Mary-Anne Miskolzie of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.

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Archbishop calls for uniform postures during Mass

November 14, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese have been directed to kneel for the Consecration during Mass and bow before receiving Communion.

"These directives have as their intention to assure consistent practice in the archdiocese and conformity with the universal law of the Church," Archbishop Richard Smith says in a pastoral letter announcing the directives.

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Archbishop's directives on posture, Communion

Archbishop Richard Smith

November 14, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, a revised English-language translation of the Roman Missal has been approved by the Holy See for use in Canada. The Missal is the book that you see the priest use as he presides at Mass. It contains all the prayers and indications that guide the ordained and lay faithful in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

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Sr. Annata is Global TV's woman of distinction

November 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Sister Annata Brockman, while on a retreat many years ago with other sisters, was asked to explain her motivating force in daily living.

Brockman responded with a statement by which she has lived her whole life. She even keeps that response typed on a slip of paper.

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Prayer campaign for life draws a crowd

November 14, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Mena Jewell found it "kind of creepy" to be standing across the street from the Women's Health Options abortion clinic but she said maybe it's the right thing to do.

"When we stand here people will say 'Why are all these people standing there looking at that building. Are they on strike?'" the Edmonton woman said, trembling from the cold.

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Smith presents pope with copy of English Missal

November 14, 2011
CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Vatican City – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith has presented Pope Benedict with a specially bound edition of the first printed copy of the revised Canadian English-language edition of the Roman Missal.

At the private audience Nov. 7, the archbishop also gave the pope a copy of the book marking the opening earlier this year of the new building housing St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton.

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Social programs may push Quebec into fiscal collapse

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Quebec could be headed for a fiscal collapse similar to that now faced by Greece if it does not re-examine its social programs, says a new study by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada.

"There are real reasons to be concerned about the sustainability of the rather ambitious Quebec welfare state," say the authors of A Quebec Family Portrait released Nov. 7.

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Abortion raises the risk of breast cancer, says U.S. Specialist

November 14, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Women are not getting all the facts about the link between abortion and breast cancer, says Dr. Angela Lanfranchi.

"It doesn't matter if you're pro-life or pro-choice," she said, "women and the population just want the facts."

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Exorcists ramp up war on the devil

St. Michael

November 14, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A call to arms – to take up the weapons of the rosary and prayer – rings out every year at an international conference on exorcism in Rome.

The Church needs more training of both priests and laypeople in fighting the influence of the devil and bringing spiritual healing to those in need, attendees said.

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