WCR This Week

Baby Joseph dies at home in Ontario

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WINDSOR, ONT. — A 20-month-old boy who was at the centre of an end-of-life debate died at home Sept. 27.

Joseph Maraachli died with his parents, Moe and Sana, by his side, six months after receiving a tracheotomy at a Catholic hospital in St. Louis. The procedure allowed him to return home to be cared for by his family.

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Alta. Sisters honoured with statue on Legislature grounds

October 3, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic sisters are being honoured for their pioneering contributions in education, health care and social welfare.

The Catholic Sisters Legacy Recognition Project honours the legacy of 74 founding congregations who have served in Alberta.

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Open your Bible, read it and meet Jesus

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Bible should be part of the daily life of every Catholic, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast. "You need to feed on it."

Speaking at ScriptureFest 2011, Prendergast noted Catholics are not known for their appreciation of the Bible, but that has to change if we are going to evangelize the world.

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Young Catholics urged to pursue justice and joy

October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

In a message released Sept. 22, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' Commission for Justice and Peace urges young Catholics to participate in furthering the "Millennium objectives for development."

"The Catholic Church shares all of humanity's common quest for peace and happiness, and supports efforts of individuals and groups working to eradicate poverty, illness, injustice, inequality, human rights violations, and environmental exploitation," says the Message to Young Catholics on Social Justice.

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Preparing for Change

Jean Schult

October 3, 2011

Jean Schult (right), director of the archdiocesan choir, leads several dozen music ministers and singers in a workshop at St. Joseph's Basilica Sept. 25.

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Hardships fail to deter Vietnamese refugee

Quyn Le

October 3, 2011
NATHAN RUMOHR
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Quyn Le has moved past hardship, a lack of education and the disability of blindness to become a successful counsellor.

She arrived in Canada at the age of 14 with a Grade 2 education, having spent four years escaping the communist regime in Vietnam.

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Students celebrate 20 years of free Ukraine

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The 20th anniversary of a free Ukraine was the focus of the school opening liturgy of the Ukrainian Bilingual Program Sept. 21.

Gathered at St. Josaphat Cathedral, nearly 800 students and teachers prayed for their compatriots' spiritual, social and economic well-being.

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'Becoming a monk was the last thing on my mind'

Caesarius Marple

October 3, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MISSION, B.C. — John Marple always knew he wanted to serve God in some way. But when the idea that he could become a monk floated his way, he totally rejected it.

"It was the last thing I wanted."

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Pro-life Tory MP blasts gov't decision to fund Planned Parenthood

October 3, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Conservative MP Brad Trost calls the CIDA grant of $6 million to International Planned Parenthood (IPF) a “slap in the face” to social conservatives in Parliament and in the Tory caucus.

“I am very, very disappointed, very unhappy,” said Trost, the pro-life Saskatoon-Humboldt MP, who campaigned last spring on getting IPF de-funded. IPF is a well-known abortion provider and promoter.

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Inner City principal shares her dream of peace

Debbie Ducharme

October 3, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — A person who works for peace is a child of God, Archbishop James Weisgerber said at a prayer service to mark the Sept. 21 United Nations International Day of Peace.

"Those who work for peace must have a peaceful heart," he told the gathering of 100 people.

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