WCR This Week

Former missionary tackles realities, myths of the Dene

Bern Will Brown

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Sahtu Dene people have undergone significant lifestyle changes in the past six decades, moving from dog teams to Ski-Doos, from traplines to mostly wage employment and from log cabins to frame houses. Bern Will Brown has travelled with them every step of the way. In his most recent book, End-of-Earth People: The Arctic Sahtu Dene, Brown provides new insights on the Sahtu Dene, the people referred to as the Hareskin in Alexander Mackenzie's 1793 journal.

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Ukrainian Catholics celebrate 25 years of religious freedom

Ukrainian Archbishop Volodymyr Sterniuk

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Church is marking the 25th anniversary of its legalization in the former Soviet Union. Christianity came to Ukraine in 988. Christianity, mainly Eastern Orthodox, has been the dominant religion in the country since its acceptance by Volodymyr the Great, who made it the state religion. "Prince Volodymyr was looking for a way to unify his people, the various tribes, and he did so ingeniously through faith," explained Bishop David Motiuk of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton.

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Couple determined to share the love God has given them

Jerry Heck

April 28, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pat Heck heard the voice of the Lord. He instructed her to do the small things well. "It's not all about being out in the open doing things where everybody sees you. It's all about what you do when you're called to do something quiet, something unseen," said Pat. She and her husband Jerry were the guest speakers at the Edmonton Catholic charismatic prayer breakfast, held April 12 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre.

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The pope's new man in Canada

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi

April 28, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, Canada's new apostolic nuncio, recalls two life-changing lessons in humility at age 19 that prepared him for a life of joyful, self-giving service to God and his Church. These experiences shaped his life in the mould of Pope Francis, whom he represents to the Church in Canada. As the ambassador from the Holy See, he also represents the Vatican to the Canadian government. As well, he plays a key role advising the pope on episcopal appointments.

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Teachers' union admonished for joining Gay Pride parade

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The union representing Ontario's Catholic teachers is wrong to join in the World Pride Parade and its decision demonstrates an "inadequate and mistaken understanding of their faith," said Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA), which represents 45,000 Catholic teachers, passed a motion at its recent annual general meeting to march in the June 29 Pride Parade in downtown Toronto. About 800 delegates attended the meeting.

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Open your hearts to the poor, says Smith

Archbishop Richard Smith

April 28, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To make poverty in spirit a way of life, we have to undergo a conversion in the way we see the poor, the archbishop of Edmonton told young people as the Edmonton Archdiocese marked World Youth Day 2014 locally. This means meeting the poor, listening to them, caring for them and offering them both material and spiritual assistance, Archbishop Richard Smith said at an April 12 retreat with mostly university students.

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Ont. bishops unite farming and faith

April 28, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Is there anything sacred about the soil? Is there holiness in meals we share? Does our Catholic religious imagination extend to how we nourish ourselves and our families? The bishops of Ontario want people to think and pray about the food they pluck from grocery store shelves – to look past the packaging and consider how soil, water, energy and labour combine to provide us with everything from a five-course feast to junk food indulgence.

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Pope Francis gives loving gaze to disabled after he washes feet

April 28, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said. "This is the legacy that Jesus leaves us," and he wants it to be passed down through people's loving service to others, he said. During the evening Mass at a rehabilitation facility on the outskirts of Rome April 17, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities.

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Return to Galilee, pope urges at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis

April 28, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Remember and reflect on the first moment you recall having encountered Jesus, Pope Francis urged the congregation in a packed St. Peter's Basilica in his homily during the Easter Vigil. Referring to the Easter account from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the pope noted how the women who went to Jesus' tomb were told first by the angel and then by the risen Lord to await him in Galilee and tell the disciples to go as well.

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A spirituality for golden years

Paul Kennedy

April 28, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Sister Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years. "The fact of the matter is that there are many, many more older people and they are living longer," said the Sister of St. Joseph. "And the Church is not there to support them."

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