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Sign of Hope raises 2.66M

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Catholic Social Services has once again run a successful Sign of Hope Campaign, raising $2.66 million. That's four per cent more than its goal of $2.55 million

"It was a very successful campaign; we are very pleased with how it went," said campaign chair Gerry Hood.

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New senator has close ties to Church

January 16, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's newest member of the Canadian Senate is a board member of the Western Catholic Reporter and a long-time leader in St. Joseph's Basilica Parish.

Betty Unger, named to the Senate Jan. 6 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has served as chair of the WCR board and is currently in her seventh year as a board member.

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Aboriginal parishes eager for St. Kateri

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

January 16, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton – Excitement is building in some aboriginal parishes in the Edmonton Archdiocese as Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha draws closer to canonization.

"I'm excited because I think it's way overdue," says Oblate Father Jim Holland of Edmonton's Sacred Heart Parish. "She will be the first true North American to be canonized."

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Talk with Collins was like opening a 'treasure chest'

Archbishop Thomas Collins

January 16, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The priest who worked most closely with Archbishop Thomas Collins during his seven years in Edmonton says speaking with the new cardinal was "like opening up a treasure chest."

Father Greg Bittman, archdiocesan chancellor, said Collins was always full of valuable insights and wisdom.

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Collins' red hat will bring higher profile, more duties

Archbishop Thomas Collins

January 16, 2012
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Receiving the honour of a papal invitation to join the College of Cardinals means Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins will become an advisor to Pope Benedict, likely be assigned a symbolic parish in Rome and acquire important commissions from the pope.

And as the highest-ranked Canadian Catholic prelate outside Quebec, he will also become the primary spokesman for the Church in English Canada. As an archbishop, he is familiar with the role. As a cardinal, it takes on greater weight.

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Salt and Light interview with new Senator Betty Unger

Singing 'Joy to the World' behind bars

January 23, 2012
VIVA LAMOUREUX
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This year, as an Advent offering, I had the opportunity to do something completely different. I was invited to bring my guitar and join a small volunteer choir in singing Christmas carols with inmates.

So on a chilly morning a few days before Christmas, I met up with the other volunteers at the Edmonton Remand Centre. After a few brief instructions we tuned our guitars and followed the chaplains into the prison. I must admit that I really had no idea what to expect.

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Ecumenists in same boat as evangelizers

January 23, 2012
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Church leaders from across the denominational spectrum in the United States met for two days prior to the Jan. 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in what might be called an ecumenical summit meeting.

They met to look at whether the various ecumenical "instruments" such as the National Council of Churches and the new Christian Churches Together in the USA represent in their present configuration the most effective use of available resources for carrying forward the work of unity among Christians.

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Hunger haunts even the working poor

Bob McKeon

January 23, 2012

Two months ago, Food Banks Canada published Hunger Count 2011 , an annual report on hunger and food use in Canada. Our community food banks serve as an "early warning" indicator of the serious problems our society is currently facing.

The total number of individuals assisted by food banks in Alberta was 58,735, up a whopping 75 per cent from three years ago.

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Toss out preconceptions and hear God's word

Kathleen Giffin

January 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 29, 2012

One characteristic of this era is the overemphasis and reliance on our own perspective and ability to understand as the means by which we determine what is right and good. It comes, I think, from the natural tendency of the brain to order data, reach conclusions and make judgments based on those conclusions.

Yet if that normal means of understanding reality is not tempered by a humility which acknowledges the limitations in our ability to grasp the fullness of truth, we can end up seriously disoriented.

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