John Paul's encyclical emphasized the role of the Holy Spirit

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January 11, 2016

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the public release of St. John Paul II's landmark encyclical, Mission of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio). The great pope's legacy is diverse, but his emphasis on evangelization is one of its hallmarks. Redemptoris Missio is notable for its emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit as "the principal agent of mission."

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School board diligent in facing complex issue

January 11, 2016

During the past six months the Edmonton Catholic school board has been engaged in producing a policy to ensure children whose sexual identity is not congruent with their anatomical sexuality can feel safe in district schools. The board and individual trustees have been subjected to a good deal of scrutiny and a degree of criticism in the policy development process. Most scrutiny and criticism has been well balanced but, as can be the case with complex emotional matters, some has not been helpful.

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Rolheiser confronted anti-Muslim prejudice

January 11, 2016

I read Father Ron Rolheiser's article's on Christian-Muslim dialogue on violence (WCR, Dec. 7). I was impressed with its overall message, as it appears to me that there is tremendous anti-Muslim prejudice in our society. It is difficult to listen to rants from people (including practising Christians and Catholics) blaming the very people who have been displaced by war by extreme Islamists.

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Jesus tore down walls of division

January 11, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Jesus went into the synagogue at Nazareth to read from the book of Isaiah, he knew his audience and they knew him. After all, he had grown up in their midst. Jesus would have known the personal quirks, the family histories and the likely reaction of every person in the synagogue to his proclamation, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4.21).

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Refugees prayed as they waited for sponsorship

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Even as war encamped around them in Aleppo, Syrian Catholic couple Ranim Azghen and Naim Kossa never lost their trust in God. Thousands of kilometres away in Edmonton, Canada, it was that same faith that was propelling a group of volunteers at Holy Family Parish to help deliver their Syrian brothers and sisters to safety. "Prayer helped, every time," said Azghen, whose family, including her two young sons, recently arrived in Edmonton.

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CSS moves main office to west side site

December 21, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a bid to provide a dignified workplace to its employees, Catholic Social Services has moved its administrative office to a renovated building in west Edmonton. The three-storey building, at 12431 Stony Plain Rd., features office space for 70 employees, an attractive staff lunchroom and, for the first time, a chapel. The chapel, blessed by Archbishop Richard Smith Dec. 8, is a place for staff to pray and meditate before they start their day or during breaks. Mass will be celebrated once a month.

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Minister confident transgender policy can meet constraints

Education Minister David Eggen
December 21, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Education Minister David Eggen is confident Edmonton Catholic Schools' trustees will ultimately produce a policy that provides a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students. "My ministry will provide further guidance for all (school) boards and in the end I expect we'll have something we can all be proud of," Eggen said Dec 11. "We want to make sure that all students are safe (and) have a safe environment in which to learn and that each school board will follow the letter of the School Act. I'm optimistic we'll reach that goal."

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Pilgrims read '5th Gospel' in Holy Land

December 21, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

John and Lorraine Caldwell found it difficult to describe what it is like to stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus himself once walked and first called his disciples. "It was just unbelievable that we were walking in his footsteps," said John. "It's just hard to describe the feeling of that experience." The couple, from Edmonton's St. Joseph's Basilica were among 78 pilgrims led by Archbishop Richard Smith on a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan Nov. 21 to Dec. 4.

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Ukraine fears world has abandoned it to Russia

December 21, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Many Ukrainians fear the world is abandoning their country to Russia, says Carl Hétu. Hétu, who visited Ukraine Nov. 23 to 28, said Ukrainians he met believe Russia is "diverting international attention to Syria at the expense of Ukraine." "Many believe there might be secret deals for a peace resolution in Syria if the international community ignores Ukraine and leaves it to Russia," said Hétu, national secretary of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) Canada.

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Murchland a priest who believed in role of the laity

Fr. Wilfrid Murchland
December 21, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A Holy Cross priest for more than five decades, Father Wilfrid Murchland was proud of having being a student of the Second Vatican Council, one of the most fulfilling periods of his priestly life. "That whole thrust was always important to me," he once said. "That explains my involvement with the lay ministries because there was a whole shift from a clerical Church to a lay-centred Church, moving from ordination to Baptism." Modeling that new vision of Church was a key part of Murchland's ministry.

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