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Foreign governments are experiencing varying degrees of inertia at developments in Ukraine on Jan. 20, referred to by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk as the St. John the Baptist Day violence. "The conflict still can be walked back from the precipice through quick negotiations, and a stand-down by the Yanukovych camp," writes Adrian Karatnycky on the Atlantic Council website.
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KYIV, UKRAINE – The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church appealed for calm as violence worsened between police and pro-European Union demonstrators. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, said Jan. 21 that he was dismayed and saddened as violence escalated for the third consecutive day in and around Kyiv's Maidan – or Independence – Square.
Smiles and tears wreathed the faces of parishioners and visitors as the congregation of St. Francis de Sales Parish, High River, celebrated the re-dedication of their building restored following flooding seven months earlier.
In the Ukrainian Catholic tradition, a key component of celebrating Christmas is through singing kolyadky – Ukrainian Christmas carols. On Saturday, Jan. 18, choirs and church groups took part in the age-old custom by visiting the Edmonton Ukrainian Eparchy's chancery office and singing carols for Bishop David Motiuk.
Is there still a constructive role for religions in debating public issues? There is, if we value pluralism and the rich contributions religious institutions have made to the world throughout history. So says David Goa, a University of Alberta professor and director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life in Camrose.
St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta is building a $35-million women's residence to house female students who want to live in a unisex environment on campus. The new residence will be built just south of the college, adjacent to the men's residence, and will host 282 female residents. It's expected to welcome students in September 2015.
Where are the young Catholic people? One out of two of those who were raised in the faith no longer attend Mass. They are not switching to other churches but when asked about their faith, they call themselves spiritual but not religious. Some call themselves agnostic or atheists.
ROME – While Christian unity will be a gift from God, it won't drop miraculously from the sky but will be given to the followers of Christ step by step as they walk together and work together, Pope Francis said.
Despite the troubled history between First Nations people and Canada's Christians, many First Nations people have embraced the Christian faith and bear witness through their lives to the love of Christ.
Christ has not been divided, Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander said Jan. 26 as she reflected on the theme of the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Has Christ been Divided?