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Pope Francis said his three-day trip to the Holy Land was a religious pilgrimage, one that would bring to mind the famous encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople 50 years ago. While the pope did meet today's patriarch – several times, in fact – his trip will be most remembered as a political pilgrimage that tackled the humanly impossible task of bringing peace between Israel and Palestine. Who better to assume the role of the impossible peacemaker than the vicar of Christ?
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Forty people died in Edmonton last year. What makes their deaths unique is that they died because they were without shelter. They were homeless, unprotected from the brutal winter, street violence, a place to be safe. You won't find their obituaries in the newspaper. But to many – their fellow people, agencies who worked with them, family members – they mattered and are missed.
VATICAN CITY – A Canadian sister of Notre-Dame and two Italian missionary priests have been released unharmed almost two months after being kidnapped in northern Cameroon. "It is with great joy that the sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame have learned . . . of the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere," said a June 1 statement from the Montreal-based order. Bussiere, 74, had been working in Cameroon since 1979.
Ken Griffith says students keep changing, and schools need to change to keep up with them. "Students learn differently today than they did even 10 years ago," said Griffith, principal of Red Deer's Maryview School and a recipient of the Alberta Teachers' Association 2013-14 Distinguished Leadership Award. "It's important that we're keeping up on current research and making all of our decisions upon accurate information and data that tell us how children work," he said.
With joy and awe the Edmonton Archdiocese welcomed three new permanent deacons to the fold. The large congregation erupted in applause as Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the trio May 31 at St. Joseph's Basilica. "Congratulations," the archbishop told Deacons Gem Mella, Hyland Fraser and Roger Reilander at the end of the ordination Mass. "Now we will put you to work." The Edmonton Archdiocese now has 29 permanent deacons and is expecting to ordain as many as five more within two years.
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV – Pope Francis said the door is open to allowing more married priests in the Catholic Church, in the Latin rite as well as the Eastern Catholic churches where the practice is already established. "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and believe to be a gift for the Church," the pope told reporters May 26. "Not being a dogma of faith, the door is always open."
Annunciation Parish: Salesian Father John Mariapragasam, pastor.
Kevin Feehan not only lives his Catholic faith, but he integrates it into his professional life as well. A lawyer living in Edmonton, Feehan has consistently given back to the Catholic education community for three decades. His dedication to working to ensure Canadians have fair and proper access to Catholic education is why he was nominated and awarded the 2014 Justice James Higgins Award. The CCSTA's Higgins Award is presented annually in memory of Canadian Catholic school trustee and jurist, the Hon. Justice James Higgins.
EDMONTON – The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association has thrown its support behind the provincial government's controversial Task Force for Teaching Excellence. In a May 16 press release, the ACSTA said it is encouraged that the taskforce made a commitment to excellence in teaching and school leadership its key "outcome." It also lauded Alberta Education for its collaborative approach to gathering reaction to the taskforce from all involved stakeholders.
Spring tune-ups, regular maintenance. We maintain a multitude of things. We also maintain our minds and bodies. Exercise, diet, lifelong learning. But what about our spirit? Every now and then, Christians need a spiritual retreat, spent away from their everyday lives, for the purpose of reconnecting on a deeper level with God. While most retreats of generations ago were run by religious orders, members of those orders are aging and their numbers declining.