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New priest tracks Magi-like pilgrimage

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - When Father Hezuk Shroff thinks of his journey from the Zoroastrian faith to the Catholic Church, he thinks of the journey of the Magi.

Oral tradition holds that the Magi were Zoroastrian priests, Shroff said in an interview after his recent ordination.

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Spaniards promise to offer a WYD fiesta for 1.5M youth in Madrid

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May 30, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MADRID, SPAIN - World Youth Day organizers in Madrid are promising a "fiesta," adding a Spanish flavour to the traditional opportunities for prayer, friendship, music and religious education.

So far, more than 350,000 youths have registered for the Aug. 16-21 event, which Pope Benedict will attend. The figure included about 22,500 young people from the United States and 5,500 from Canada.

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Edmonton man's jersey will identify Canadians in Spain

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The Canadian delegation to World Youth Day will be wearing a red and white soccer jersey designed and produced in Edmonton.

Erwin Fung, a volunteer with the Office of Youth Evangelization, designed the jersey and then made it available to dioceses across Canada. About 3,000 young Catholics from across Canada are expected to attend the Aug. 16-21 event in Madrid, Spain.

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Local youth dig deep for WYD

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May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Hundreds of excited young people in the Edmonton Archdiocese are getting ready for the journey of their lifetime.

Close to 500 young pilgrims from 30 different groups will be travelling to Madrid, Spain, in mid-August to take part in World Youth Day. Archbishop Richard Smith and a handful of priests will also take part in the youth event.

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Four bedroom rectory built for Our Lady of Angels' priests

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May 30, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN - The Fort Saskatchewan parish, Our Lady of the Angels, has a beautiful new rectory to house its two priests.

The one-storey structure located directly behind the church is more than 4,000 square feet and has all of the amenities needed for comfortable modern living.

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Children celebrate CSS's first mission day

May 30, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Bells rang, children sang, and dancers swayed at the buoyant celebration marking Catholic Social Services' first annual mission day on May 13.

The date was chosen because it is the birthdate of CSS founder the late Msgr. William Irwin.

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Quebec Religious course goes to the Supreme Court

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments pitting parental rights in the education of their children against Quebec's mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture program.

The case has raised alarms across Canada among Catholic educators, who fear that relativism is threatening the right to a truly Catholic education.

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Congregation of Faith rules roost in Vatican

May 30, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - As two recent documents illustrate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican.

Although it has fewer than 50 employees, including ushers and receptionists, whatever any Vatican office does or says having to do with faith and morals is a matter that falls under the congregation's gaze.

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St. Mary's takes message of faith to Ukraine

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May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY - Teaching is a vocation because teachers educate God's most precious gift.

That was an important message professors from St. Mary's University College in Calgary delivered to their counterparts in Ukraine recently.

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Over 50 years, Gartner has seen lots of changes

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WAINWRIGHT - After five decades of priesthood, Father Len Gartner is still grateful God chose him to look after his flock.

"Being a priest is the deepest privilege," says the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish. "It's a privilege I haven't fully grasped yet. I'm still trying to understand the great gift, the wonder of the gift."

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