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Seminary draws largest numbers in 50 years

Fr. Stephen Hero

October 6, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thanks to prayer and hard work, St. Joseph Seminary is bursting with seminarians this year. Currently 53 seminarians from several Western dioceses are studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph. That's about 10 more than last year. "This is very exciting," said seminary rector Father Stephen Hero. "These things go a little bit in cycles sometimes but I have to say we haven't had this many (seminarians) probably since the late 1960s." The seminary has room for 60 seminarians and 51 are living in house at the moment. Two are away doing their pastoral internships.

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Fr. Mireau chose life, inspired my renewal

October 6, 2014

Dear Father Mike (Catfish) Mireau.

I am sitting in the library where I just read of your passing. I didn't know you, Father. However, my journey with you through the blogs and experiences you shared with the youth of the archdiocese made me want to be a better person.

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Pope Francis can help to bring Mideast peace

October 6, 2014

I'm not a political activist, but the things that I have read about the news in Gaza has made me think more. Mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict tends to be biased and constrained. Even some Jews complain that they cannot criticize Israel's policy on Palestine without being branded anti-Semitic or as Jews without the backbone to defend Israel.

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Archbishop Durocher: Church Teaching is Pastoral Care

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, President of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, discusses the relationship between church teaching and pastoral care.

 

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Freedom and rights grow out of human yearning for truth

October 20, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although the Polish Archbishop Karol Wojtyla was not one of the main architects of the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis Humanae) at the Second Vatican Council, he may have been the bishop who used the declaration most effectively after the council. For Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, by rooting the right to religious freedom in the nature of the human person, the declaration provided a teaching that he could use to challenge the Communist rulers of Poland.

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School district touched by love for Fr. Catfish

October 20, 2014

It has been a difficult week for the Edmonton Catholic School District with the passing of our beloved district chaplain, Father Michael Mireau. His battle with cancer took him on a challenging journey that he shared openly with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain; in the end bringing us all comfort and solace.

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Climate crisis calls for moral response

October 20, 2014

I am grateful the Vatican recently urged ethical action in response to climate change during a presentation at the United Nations ("Nations share responsibility for climate change," WCR, Oct. 6). "There is a moral imperative to act" because climate change "affects everyone, in particular the poorest among us," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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Gov't puts stick in the wheel of refugee sponsorship

Joe Gunn

October 20, 2014

There are more refugees around the world than ever before – so why is your church having more trouble than ever in finding a way to receive, resettle and "welcome the stranger" (Matthew 25)? Canada's bishops are currently preparing a pastoral letter on refugees – will they raise this concern? In 2013, just over 12,000 refugees were accepted into Canada. Of these, 6,623 were sponsored by private groups who assisted their resettlement in Canada. Many privately-sponsored refugees are assisted by faith groups, but community or ethnic organizations, and even individuals can also play this role. The federal government supports the remainder.

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When one door of happiness closes, God opens another one

Mark Pickup

October 20, 2014

Helen Keller was deaf and blind from early childhood, yet she became one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century. When news of her death in 1968 came over the radio, I remember my father say, "There goes a great person." I was 15 years old at the time and too self-absorbed to understand. Only much later, in my own disability, did I begin to understand what my father meant. Helen Keller wrote: "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has opened for us."

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What is Celtic spirituality?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 20, 2014

My family and I went to listen to the McDade family playing Celtic music. I understand there is a Celtic spirituality, as well. What is Celtic spirituality, and does it conflict with the teaching of the Catholic Church?

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