Authority needed to determine true Islam

Bishop Fred Henry
August 15, 2016

The world has again been stunned by a jihadist attack, after two knife-wielding men burst into a church in a suburb of Rouen, France, killed an elderly priest, Father Jacques Hamel, during morning Mass and took hostages. Two nuns and one parishioner exited the church, followed by the attackers, one of whom was carrying a gun, and charged police shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is great). The pair were shot dead by police.

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Religion playing declining role in U.S. politics.

Joe Gunn
August 15, 2016

Hillary Clinton was likened to Lucifer in a speech at the Republican National Convention, and then Donald Trump referred to her as the devil. Not to be outdone, at the Democratic Convention, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Trump "a con," saying "The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy." In a climate of highly-personal negative rhetoric, the two major U.S. political parties held their respective (if not overly respectful) conventions in July.

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Humility comes from recalling who we are

Kathleen Giffin
August 15, 2016
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 28, 2016

A statue of St. Francis sits in my garden amidst the hostas and coral bells. He carries a Bible and a cross; his prayer beads are tied around his waist and a bird happily perches on his shoulder. St. Francis seems the epitome of humility. He stripped himself naked of his possessions and inheritance in the marketplace; he looked to God to supply all of his needs, clinging only to the prayer that expressed his union with God. He became so humble that the birds of the air found no threat in him; he became friends with all of creation by his lack of striving and his simplicity.

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Connecting with others offers hope for humanity

Dr. Gerry Turcotte
August 15, 2016

It is difficult to ignore the news these days. Every item seems grim, from wars to terrorist activity, economic turmoil to corruption scandals. Everywhere we turn we see evidence of humanity's intolerance, greed and corruption. Watching the news recently, I simply had to change the channel. It's not that I want to bury my head in the sand, but at times the unrelenting negativity wears me down.

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Jesus' intimacy with the Father invites us to pray

August 15, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The version of the Lord's Prayer most commonly prayed is found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel (6.5-15). The sermon itself is sort of an instruction manual on how live in the kingdom, and indeed the Lord's Prayer follows instructions Jesus gave on how not to pray. In contrast, Luke's Gospel presents an abbreviated version of the Our Father after the disciples see Jesus praying and one asks, "Lord, teach us to pray" (11.1-4).

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Deacons urged to hear cry of the poor

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a moving celebration at St. Joseph Basilica July 9, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith ordained four men to the permanent diaconate. He also ordained seminarian Roger Niedzielski to the transitional diaconate, the final phase of his preparation for the priesthood. After serving as a deacon for a year, Niedzielski will likely be ordained a priest. The four new permanent deacons are professional men with extensive ministry experience in their parishes. They just completed a four-year formation program and were ordained for the service of the Word, altar and charity.

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Muslims, Catholics build bridges at Ramadan ritual meal

July 11/25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Time and again one heard a familiar refrain from dinner tables at the Catholic-Muslim dinner held at Providence Renewal Centre June 28: "Building bridges." The event was an iftar, the ritual meal that is held at the end of each fasting day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Two hundred Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths came together to meet each other, and discover the meaning of the tenets of each others' faiths. By doing that, they, as was said many times during the evening, were building bridges.

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WCR did not publish July 11 issue — next issue will be dated August 15

WCR Logo
July 25, 2016

Because of Canada Post's threatened lockout of its workers, the Western Catholic Reporter did not provide a print edition of its scheduled July 11 issue. However, we did make the e-edition of that issue available free of charge via the newspaper's website, wcr.ab.ca.

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Pilgrims touched by Spirit at St. Kateri gathering

July 25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Theodore Waskahat's words were wrapped in reverence. "The presence of God was there." The 29-year-old acclaimed musician mentioned he had been nervous when he played the flute at the third annual St. Kateri Gathering at Maskwacis July 9. The more than 200 people in the audience did not notice any nervousness. They fell silent as they listened to his emotive renditions of The Drum Song and The Lord's Prayer.

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Come to the water

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Redemptorist Father Mick Fleming blessed the waters of Lac Ste. Anne July 17, people waded into the lake in droves, anxious to dip themselves into the sacred waters. Many filled jars with the blessed liquid to take back home. A young woman, pain clearly visible on her face, slowly pushed her walker into the lake in the hope of obtaining relief. Younger people helped their elders into the water. Some older people with canes walked in by themselves. Priests and bishops also walked inside the lake to bless the people, one by one.

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