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ST. ALBERT — In January 1861, Father Albert Lacombe and Bishop Alexandre Taché came to the top of the hill overlooking the Sturgeon River and decided that this would be the site of the new church.
Taché suggested it be named after Lacombe's patron saint, St. Albert. This site, now marked by a huge bronze statue of Lacombe, was not colonized until April 1861.
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Alan Law wanted to know why the gates were closed so early at Cuatro Vientos airbase on the eve of the papal vigil at World Youth Day. So the Toronto man posed this question on the wall for the official WYD Facebook group, run by event organizers.
The Knights of Columbus in the tornado-ravaged town of Goderich, Ont., were front and centre in the efforts to help the town recover from a devastating tornado that hit Aug. 21.
A parish in India's Kerala state has instituted incentives to encourage families to have more children amid worries that the Catholic population in the area has begun to drop.
A southern Italian priest who is outspoken against the Mafia said gunshots fired at his car were likely meant to show him and the public that members of organized crime are still in charge of the area.
Appreciating beautiful works of art is not just for cultural enrichment, it's also an important way to experience God and become aware of the human thirst for the infinite, Pope Benedict said.
When it comes to sex education programs, the Catholic Church is painted as old-fashioned and callous about teen pregnancy and disease.
The California Catholic Conference is urging Californians to call Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. and urge him to veto legislation that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or knowledge.
The head of a foundation encouraging Catholics to have a deeper devotion to Mary said that having a relationship with the mother of God "is a calling for us to renew and keep our baptismal promises and to answer God's call to imitate Christ."
As a Catholic editor, I have a responsibility to do my best to help our readers understand Church teachings and develop their spiritual lives. Nevertheless, in writing these reflections on St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life, at times I feel like a hypocrite.
In the articles published to date, I have described Francis’s presentation of how a devout person ought to pray and receive the sacraments. The regime Francis describes far outstrips my own practice, leaving me to encourage readers to do what I say, not what I do.