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The Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith have signed a covenant that will see the two dioceses expand their cooperation. The two dioceses have been working together for well over a year. The covenant, signed July 2 in Yellowknife by Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, makes their partnership official. "I'm excited about this agreement because it provides an opportunity for Edmonton and Mackenzie-Fort Smith to work with each other," Hagemoen said July 9.
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For about 65 years, since she was in her early twenties, Mary Sotto of the Ermineskin Reserve has been studying the life of St. Kateri Tekakwitha and praying to the Mohawk woman who was canonized in 2012. It was after she attended a conference on St. Kateri in 1989 in Great Falls, Mont., that Sotto's devotion grew and she centred her life on the Church. "I pray to her a lot, ever since I studied her life," Sotto, 86, said in an interview. "When something goes wrong or I need help, I turn to her.
You may not remember your first cherry, but Kedra and Destiny Kimiksana will always remember theirs. The young sisters got to try a cherry thanks to Sister Faye Trombley, the missionary who runs Our Lady of Grace Parish in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. At 69 degrees north and 133 degrees west, on a little reach of land that extends into the Beaufort Sea, cherries are hard to come by and expensive. But it's not just cherries. All kinds of healthy foods are either rare, expensive or both in Arctic communities. Trombley's April grocery bill included such bargains as $4.09 for a bunch of broccoli, $19.99 for 700 grams of cheddar cheese, $25.14 for 295 ml of orange juice, $18.79 for three tins of sockeye salmon and $14.98 for five pounds of potatoes.
When Noli and Sam Manuel got married in September 2004, serving as a missionary couple was not the first thing on their minds. They were content to start their new life together as husband and wife in the Philippines. Even in 2005, when the elders of their church invited them to go on a long-term mission, they were reluctant. After Sam suffered a miscarriage, their acceptance of the call became clearer. They viewed it as a sign that if they put God first, he would take care of the rest. In March 2006, the couple flew to the Middle East to start their mission.
Following the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, seminarians, priests and religious left their ministries in droves. "It wasn't easy for anybody," recalls Father Ray Guimond. Five of his classmates at the seminary simply left. Guimond, however, stayed the course and has lived a productive and rewarding life as a priest for 50 years. He thanks the Virgin Mary for helping him to stay focused. "I never let go of Our Lady; I never let go of the rosary," he says. "I really never stopped praying because that's deadly."
Sympathizing with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. "I think the pope's definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb," in St. Peter's Basilica where most popes are buried, he said June 28 to a group of young men involved in a vocational discernment process run by the Diocese of Rome. But that is not the way things turned out for St. Celestine V, who until 2013 was known as the last pope to voluntarily resign. When he renounced the papacy in December 1294, after only five months in office, his successor had him imprisoned.
A key Protestant belief is the priority of Scripture. Catholics, while not denigrating Scripture, have held to the crucial importance of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist. The final chapter of the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) raises the question of the relative importance of the two. It begins with the striking statement, "The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as it has venerated the body of the Lord" (DV 21).