From the monthly archives: September 2015

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Global refugee spotlight flashes on and on and on

September 28, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Fifty-one year old Somali refugee Abdi Mahdi is one of 25 students taking an English class offered by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Kobe refugee camp. He's also one of nearly 42,000 refugees in this particular camp located about three kms from the border between Ethiopia and Somalia.

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Even as a child, priest heard God's call

Fr. Anthony Cruz
September 28, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

There was little doubt Antony Cruz would one day become a priest. As a little boy in India, Cruz loved to play at being a priest, making himself a chasuble out of an old towel. He also made a chasuble for his doll out of a piece of cloth. Then he made a cross with sticks and planted it near a lake for his own pilgrimage. "From my childhood days, I am a Catholic Christian. My family is traditionally a Catholic family," Cruz, a Pallottine priest, told those attending the Catholic prayer breakfast at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre Sept. 12.

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Hamilton prelate elected as Canadian bishop's president

September 28, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CORNWALL, ONT. - Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, Ont., was elected president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops during its annual general assembly. His two-year term began Sept. 18 at the end of the assembly. He had been conference vice-president for the past two years.

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Prelates told how culture of death impacts Church, life

September 28, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Bishops examined their role in fighting euthanasia and assisted suicide during the annual gathering of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his welcoming remarks to the almost 90 bishops and eparchs gathered for the Sept. 14-18 conference in Cornwall, Ont., CCCB president Paul-André Durocher said the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 decision "to strike down the articles in the Criminal Code that prohibited active euthanasia and assisted suicide is for us a deep cause of worry and concern.

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Sign of Hope moves to inner-city park

September 28, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Normally a black-tie event at a fancy downtown hotel, the Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope campaign kickoff took a break from its past mold this year. After 25 years of its successful Evening at the Mac gala, the Catholic service charity hosted a new event this fall called Evening at the Park, an evening of free food and folk music in the heart of the inner city, open to the entire community.

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Author links New Age practices with the occult

Susan Brinkmann
September 28, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Susan Brinkmann was working for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's newspaper The Catholic Standard and Times, when her editor assigned her to the job of reporting on Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life, a 2003 Vatican document. Brinkmann herself had previously dabbled in New Age traditions, including consulting a psychic.

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Jordan's vision gave birth to the WCR

Archbishop Anthony Jordan
September 28, 2015
DOUGLAS ROCHE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In November 1964, Archbishop Anthony Jordan phoned to ask if I would be interested in visiting Edmonton to examine how the archdiocese could better communicate the startling developments of the Second Vatican Council. I was then living in New Jersey, where I was associate editor of The Sign, a Catholic monthly with a large circulation in the U.S. His call caught me in a reflective moment, for I was thinking of returning to my native Canada.

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Editor's grandiose designs had to meet the real world

WCR Logo
September 28, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Working at the WCR was to be, in my career plan, a whistle stop on a ride to a glorious career in print journalism. Somehow, the train never left the station. Today, I regard that stalled train as one of my life's greatest blessings. Serving the people of God, serving the Church is an enormous privilege on which one cannot put a price.

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U.S. diocese plunges into festival with other faiths

September 28, 2015
NATALIE HOEFER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

INDIANAPOLIS - As members of the St. Rita Parish Gospel Choir in Indianapolis lifted their voices in song, the crowd lifted their hands clapping in appreciation. They were hands of not just Catholics, but also Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims and more.

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Yes, there is a Catholic journalism

September 28, 2015
On Friday, Sept. 11, the Western Catholic Reporter celebrated its 50th anniversary with Mass, a reception and dinner at St. Andrew's Centre. On hand to deliver the keynote address was Joseph Sinasac, former editor and publisher of The Catholic Register in Toronto and currently publishing director of Novalis, Canada's largest Catholic publishing house. Following is the text of Sinasac's address.

I start from the assumption, rather quaint perhaps in a time when we are surrounded with almost uncountable forms of mass communications, that there is a thing called Catholic journalism and it is a close relative to that other thing known as journalism, plain and simple.

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