Vatican II declaration opened doors to friendly interfaith relations

Fr. Lawrence Frizzell
December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - The Second Vatican Council made historic changes to Church policies and theology that have led to improved relations with other religions, especially the Jewish people. The publication in 1965 of Nostra Aetate, Latin for In Our Time, revolutionized the Church's approach to Jews and Judaism.

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Red Deer trustee chosen president of the ACSTA

December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An experienced trustee and fervent supporter of Catholic education has been elected the new president of the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees' Association. Adriana LaGrange, a long-time trustee for Red Deer Catholic Schools, was elected ACSTA president at the association's recent general meeting in Edmonton.

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Synod highlighted beauty of marriage, Smith tells media

Archbishops Richard Smith
December 7, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Celebrate the beauty and joy of marriage. Too often, said Archbishop Richard Smith, society focuses on the glitches and tribulations of family life. The Edmonton archbishop made this comment during a teleconference interview with Catholic media representatives following his return from the World Synod on the Family in Rome.

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Durocher: Now it's time for Pope Francis to speak on synod topic

December 7, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The kind of broad consultation that preceded the two synods on the family is "part of the reality of the Church now," Gatineau Archbishop Durocher told a conference here Nov. 21. The most recent synod in October has provided the pope with a text for the process, which is a "work in progress," Durocher told The Synod My Family conference at Dominican College Nov. 19-21. "We need to give space for Pope Francis to speak."

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Alleged shooter not connected with pro-lifers

December 7, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - A priest who celebrates Mass every Friday morning on a sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood clinic targeted by a lone gunman Nov. 27 said the shooter's actions were the antithesis of the pro-life cause. "We want the conversion of Planned Parenthood, not their destruction," said Father Bill Carmody. "The pro-life movement has no place for violence."

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Alta food banks facing 'stampede'

December 7, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Anawim Place is not scheduled to open for another 30 minutes, but early on a chilly fall morning, the lineup in front already stretches past the entrance, slinking along the building. The volunteers in the back quickly huddle together to say Grace and a prayer for the men, women and children they will serve, before opening the doors to let them in. "You have to bear with us," said Sister Estela Andaya, director of the food depot operated by the Sisters of Providence and many lay volunteers. "It's really like a stampede." The demand at the inner-city charity is not an unusual sight these days, as meal providers across Alberta grapple with a 23 per cent increase in food bank usage this year.

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O'Leary promoted dream of Catholic college at U of A

Kenneth Munro
December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Henry Joseph O'Leary became the second archbishop of Edmonton in 1920, he dreamed of building a Catholic college that would educate students in the Christian intellectual tradition. He originally wanted a stand-alone Catholic university but ended up settling for a college affiliated with the University of Alberta. The arrangement was similar to the one St. Michael's College had achieved 20 years earlier with the University of Toronto.

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Canada's mining companies urged to dialogue over environmental, human rights abuse

>Bishop Donald Bolen
December 7, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Dialogue is needed to address problems Canadian companies cause in the Global South, says Bishop Donald Bolen. "I think we have work to do in determining how that dialogue best moves forward and discerning what our respective roles are in that conversation," Bolen told a symposium called Mining: We Must Talk. Bolen, bishop of Saskatoon, noted Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si' emphasized the importance of dialogue by calling for a "culture of encounter."

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African visitor brings message of reconciliation and peace

December 7, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Violence in God's name "disfigures the face of God," Pope Francis said in a mosque in the Central African Republic, a nation torn by violence between Christians and Muslims. "God is peace, 'salam,'" the pope said in his Nov. 30 speech at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui. "Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters," created by the same God, he said, and they must act like it.

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Pope sees hope in wealth found in lives of the poor

December 7, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NAIROBI, KENYA - Residents of the poorest neighbourhoods in large cities around the world have a wealth that will never be quoted on the stock exchange, even though it gives life and joy to millions of people, Pope Francis said. Their wealth is "grounded in the fact that each human being is more important than the god of money," the pope said Nov. 27 in Nairobi's Kangemi neighborhood, usually referred to as a slum.

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