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In his inaugural homily in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict concluded, “At this point, my mind goes back to Oct. 22, 1978, when Pope John Paul II began his ministry here in St. Peter’s Square. His words on that occasion constantly echo in my ears: ‘Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!’”
Indeed, the whole Church will look back to Oct. 22, 1978 — that’s the new feast day for Blessed John Paul. For the feast day’s Office of Readings in the breviary, an excerpt from the day’s “Be not afraid” homily has been chosen.
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Where does the devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel originate and why is she the patroness of the CWL?
I am pleased to announce that Hank Zyp is the recipient of the 2011 SAGE Award in the area of social justice and peace. The SAGE awards celebrate seniors who inspire, empower and engage others in making our community, province, nation and world a better place.
The list of Hank and Tillie Zyp’s achievements is long and impressive. It includes the founding of two NGOs: St. Joseph’s Save the Children Club (now called Rainbow of Hope for Children) and Change for Children. Thirty-five years later, these organizations are thriving, proving ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.
EDMONTON — Under sunny skies and surrounded by bishops, priests, deacons and lay people, Archbishop Richard Smith prayed that St. Joseph Seminary may be a “school of prayer and a centre of divine teaching.”
The blessing of the new seminary May 2 was the culmination of years of working toward the fulfillment of a dream – the move of the seminary and Newman Theological College to the grounds of the Catholic Pastoral Centre in central Edmonton.
VATICAN CITY — One of our young people at Newman House recently asked me whether I ever cry. I tear up quite rarely, save for the liturgy, when it happens not rarely, and not just at funerals. Perhaps it is a grace God has given me, to feel on occasion the reality that the liturgy makes manifest.
Tears often mark an intense encounter with reality, and the liturgy opens to us the world that is most real. Whether grace or simple sentimentality, weepiness can be rather awkward for a priest, as it gets in the way of leading the worship and is rather distracting for the people.
Gary Johnson of St. Albert is the new leader of the 17,000 Knights of Columbus in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Johnson, 64, was elected state deputy at the Knights’ convention in Calgary April 29 to May 1. He was state secretary prior to the election.
The Western Catholic Reporter has again been honoured for general excellence among Canadian Church newspapers.
The WCR received the second place award for general excellence among regional Church newspapers at the annual convention of the Canadian Church Press, held April 27-29 in Chicago.
EDMONTON — They walked in silence through the streets of downtown Edmonton following a small wooden cross.
About 80 Catholics, including a handful of seminarians from St. Joseph Seminary, took part in the Way of the Cross organized by Communion and Liberation, a local Catholic movement with international roots.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement May 2 reacting to the killing of bin Laden, a man Lombardi said sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths.
ST. ALBERT — Dating back to the 1870s, and through most of the 20th century, more than 150,000 first Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.
The federal government's aim was to "civilize," Christianize and assimilate aboriginal people into Canadian society. Canada had more than 130 residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996. The policy behind the Church-run schools was to kill the Indian in the child. Many students suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.