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For the past 33 years, I have had the great privilege of being a print journalist. At almost every newspaper where I have worked, I've had the responsibility of writing editorials, columns or other opinion pieces.
This responsibility carries with it the opportunity of forming the public mind for good or evil. I still look back with sorrow on those occasions when I used that opportunity and my own gifts for stinging criticism of others.
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Catholic schools provide an opportunity to teach God and to introduce young people to a living relationship with the living Christ.
That’s how Bishop David Motiuk, the bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton, attempted to answer the “what” of Catholic education — the main focus of a forum on Catholic education held at St. Michael-Resurrection Church Oct. 5.
EDMONTON — There is a surety about geese flying that humans admire.
While waiting to catch a ferry at Puget Sound, poet David Whyte saw a gaggle of geese shoot up into the sky. It was an astounding sight and, seeing them, a collective sigh went over the crowd. The birds, with each set of wing beats, formed a faultless V, and were soon flying high on a strong current, in perfect formation.
He wanted to be a millionaire by age 33 but the Holy Spirit had a different plan for Robert Canton. Instead, the Lord wanted him to travel the world and heal millions in God’s name.
To accomplish his mission, the Lord gave him the gifts of prophecy, tongues and healing. He also gives him daily revelations. Since 1991 Canton, now an international leader in the charismatic renewal, has travelled to 41 countries preaching the word.
OTTAWA — Two Catholic organizations have blasted International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda’s decision to grant the International Planned Parenthood Federation $6 million in new funding.
In an Oct. 4 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bishop Gerald Wiesner of Prince George, chairman of the board of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), expressed dismay that “the world’s largest abortion provider and promoter” would receive a CIDA grant over the next three years.
Father Bob Bedard, the Ottawa priest who founded the Companions of the Cross more than 25 years ago, died peacefully Oct. 6 at the age of 82 after a long illness.
Bedard not only founded the charismatic order that has grown to include 40 priests, six religious sisters and hundreds of lay associates in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Houston, he was one of the leaders in the charismatic renewal movement and the popular host of the television program Food for Life for many years.
VANCOUVER — Strong families establish strong vocations. That was the message of Archbishop Michael Miller during the recent Altar Server Awards at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
“The first steps are taken at home,” the archbishop said during his homily.
In a time when municipalities are weeding religion out of public places, the City of Edmonton has taken a different approach, encouraging understanding of all spiritual traditions, and giving thanks for the city’s many faith expressions.
Each month a different faith launches an educational event to showcase its tradition. Displays depicting various faiths are rotated on a regular basis in City Hall.
MUNICH — St. Francis of Assisi appeals to believers and nonbelievers alike because they long for a world where people see each other as brothers and sisters, said the superior of the Franciscan convent in Assisi.
Conventual Franciscan Father Giuseppe Piemontese, custodian of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis, also said humanity yearns for a world where creation is respected as a gift to all.
Adam and Eve recently made an appearance on U.S. National Public Radio — not as guests, but as the topic of a discussion about their existence.
Morning Edition, a regular National Public Radio series, examined the current debate among evangelical Christians over whether the first couple actually lived or are characters in a Bible story that makes a point about God and his creatures.