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We Believe! The Archdiocese of Edmonton celebrates the gift of faith

September 17, 2012

Faith is the lifeblood of Christians. A wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit, faith is the opening of the heart and mind to God, who has loved us first (cf. 1John 4.19). It is the acceptance, with trust in divine providence and wisdom, of all that God has revealed in his Son Jesus Christ. By faith working through love (cf. Galatians 5.6) we are led to salvation!

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Strategize now to put local food on the table

Bob McKeon

September 17, 2012

Like many in the Edmonton region, I find summer to be a special time because I can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers' markets. Over time I get to know some of the vendors and learn that the food I am buying is grown nearby by local farmers, some even within Edmonton's city limits.

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John XXIII: A most unlikely pope had diverse experiences

September 17, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Angelo Giuseppi Roncalli, the pope who convoked the Second Vatican Council, was a pope like no other in the 20th century. He rose to become Pope John XXIII basically under the radar and was formed by a unique set of experiences that helped him understand that the action of the Holy Spirit is not confined to the Catholic Church.

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Office of bishop offers tradition, liberating truth

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September 10, 2012

The ordination of a bishop in Edmonton is a great and rare event. It hasn’t happened since 1958 when Bishop Emmett Doyle, chancellor of the Edmonton Archdiocese who served 31 years as bishop of Nelson, B.C., was “consecrated” as the rite was called in those days.

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Pots, pans, cups can clutter the path to the love of God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 10, 2012

Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation should be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer? What is the most reverent way to receive Communion? Should laypersons be allowed to cleanse the chalice and cups after Communion?

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Christ's heroes bear his cross everywhere

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 10, 2012
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 16, 2012

I rarely watch TV. A few days ago, however, as I waited for an incoming storm and could not work in the darkness and tension, I flicked the remote control and found myself in Rwanda in April 1994.

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Some Canadians saw what a council could achieve

September 10, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada’s bishops and Catholic universities were among those who responded to the Vatican’s call in 1959 for input about topics that ought to be considered at the Second Vatican Council.

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Bishop Bittman gives hope for better times

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

September 10, 2012

On Sept. 3, Father Gregory Bittman was vested with the fullness of the priesthood through episcopal ordination. While remaining Father Greg, he becomes Bishop Greg Bittman.

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Canadians must till the ploughshares of peace and justice

Joe Gunn

September 10, 2012

I was a tad nervous at my new job. Surrounded by six bishops at my first meeting with the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, it was hard to know what to expect.

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Catholic institutions must provide a Gospel witness

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September 3, 2012

About 2,500 years ago, Ezekiel issued a prophecy of woe to those leaders who used their positions to their own material advantage. "Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you cover yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the sheep" (34.2-3).

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