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World Youth Day pilgrims have returned home from a great adventure, with many of them eager to return.
About 500 pilgrims from the Edmonton Archdiocese representing 30 different groups participated in World Youth Day festivities in Madrid, Spain. The event was held Aug. 16-21, but many arrived early and stayed after the closing Mass to explore the country.
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TORONTO — As archbishop of Toronto for 16 years, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic oversaw the transformation of Canada's largest diocese into a multicultural, multi-racial home to 1.6 million Catholics.
But while acknowledging the challenges, Ambrozic once said his main challenge was simply to be true to the Catholic Church.
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre has experienced three major changes over the summer: a new location, new website and new ultrasound machine.
The centre expects the changes will help it improve how it carries out its mission of providing pro-life alternatives to those facing crisis pregnancies.
RED DEER — The Red Deer Catholic board of trustees has appointed a seasoned school administrator and former classroom teacher as the division's new superintendent.
Paul Mason, 48, took over as superintendent Aug. 27. He replaces Paulette Hanna, who is retiring after four years in the position.
SASKATOON — An Islamic boarding school for boys will open this fall in the former St. Angela's Convent and Academy at Prelate, Sask.
The newly created Islamic College of Saskatchewan took possession of the former convent and girls' boarding school Aug. 15 from the Ursulines of Prelate.
ST. ALBERT — A priest best known for his quiet presence and caring nature has passed away.
Father John Nowakowski died Aug. 27 at Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert. He was 79.
TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T. — Kedra and Destiny Kimiksana got to try cherries for the first time at the Catholic mission house in Tuktoyaktuk with Sister Fay Trombley.
Once they had been warned about the pits, I tried teaching them "Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor. . .". Of course the seven- and eight-year-old girls didn't know what a tinker or a tailor was. In fact, beggar man and thief were also new vocabulary.
A priest is an ambassador of Christ and his role is to care for God's people, teach the Good News and plant the Church in the hearts of people.
That's how Pallottine Father George Neumann defines his priesthood, a vocation to which he has dedicated half a century.
TORONTO — Taking aim at preserving human embryos and providing support for aboriginal children whose mothers are missing or have been murdered were just two of the resolutions the national Catholic Women's League has vowed to take on this year.
More than 600 delegates came to Toronto Aug. 14 to 17 for the 91st annual CWL National Convention, themed "Centred on Faith & Justice."
VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican council is tackling an old task: bringing God to the world in new ways.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization is just a year old, but "it is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council," said the council's president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.