WCR This Week

Stay true to Christian values

June 13, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ZAGREB, CROATIA - Pope Benedict used his apostolic journey to the Croatian capital to encourage nations to build their communities on Christian values.

They should also support the traditional family and the sanctity of life, the pope said during his brief two-day pilgrimage June 4-5.

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Catholics see world through sacramental eyes — Walsh

Anne Walsh

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Being Catholic means to see everything in the world as sacramental, said the director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of St. John's, Nfld.

"There is one distinctive thing about being Catholic. We see the world through special glasses," Anne Walsh told pastoral assistants from across the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Canada's new missal uses beautiful images to serve the liturgy

June 13, 2011
GLENN BYER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.”

These words of Pope Benedict inspired the archbishop of Edmonton to launch a series of presentations on beauty; I have had the opportunity to listen to some of these and have been impressed by the wonderful variety that exists in the way people appreciate the beautiful.

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God kicked out of Quebec daycares

June 13, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Quebec’s ban on God, prayers, songs to Jesus and religious instruction in subsidized daycares discriminates against religious believers, says the Catholic Civil Rights League.

The league has expressed support for Jewish and Catholic parents who are appealing to the Quebec Superior Court on grounds the ban violates the constitution by infringing on religious freedom.

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Grey Nuns bid North farewell

Sr. Dora Durand

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, growing up in Legal, Sister Dora Durand watched a French movie, I Have Chosen Charity.

The film featured sisters serving the aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories. They visited people’s homes, travelled from place to place via dogsleds and got to know the people closely.

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From small beginnings . . .

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — An economist and a philosopher got together with teachers and businesspeople to take steps toward building a civilization of love.

“One person at a time can make a difference in the world,” said Marc Sanscartier, a teacher enrolled in the May 28-29 workshop on economies of communion at Newman Theological College.

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Low registration puts plans for all-boys academy on hold

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A proposed all-boys academy for grades 4 and 5 in Edmonton Catholic Schools has been ditched for the time being due to low registration.

The program was to start in September 2011 at two different schools.

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Contemplative monks meet spiritual needs of pilgrims

June 6, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MERLIN, ONT. — At Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine here you’ll find trails dedicated to the rosary, saints, approved apparitions and the Stations of the Cross.

Helping you through these trails, you’ll also find three monks from Sri Lanka — the first of their order to come to Canada.

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Chant expresses Church's universality — Benedict

June 6, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In giving priority to Gregorian chant and to classical liturgical music, the Catholic Church is showcasing a tradition of beautiful prayer, Pope Benedict wrote.

Music at Mass should reflect the fact that the liturgy “is primarily the action of God through the Church, which has its history, its rich tradition and its creativity,” the pope said.

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Atheist turned pro-life activist celebrates film

Jason Jones

June 6, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — The producer of the 2006 pro-life movie Bella says the thing that makes him happiest about the film’s success is that it saved the lives of more than 500 unborn children.

“Our goal when we made Bella was to know the name of just one baby in 10 years who was alive because their mother chose life (because of) our film,” said Jason Jones.

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