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Canes and crutches are left behind at the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site, evidence of healing miracles experienced at the sacred shore. Impressive stories of people being healed of diseases such as leprosy, entering the water lame and coming out walking, and other healings of various sorts are not hard to come by at the pilgrimage, which is likely the largest annual Church event in Western Canada, drawing tens of thousands of people, mainly Aboriginal.
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Brandi Linkewich says spending a good chunk of her summers at Camp Encounter over the years changed her life. She appreciates the camp's "loving environment" and the fact she can feel God's love in there. "You feel totally accepted here," the 17-year-old Edmonton youth said. "Coming here is probably one of my favourite things to do in the summer."
Glen Argan, a veteran journalist known for both his personal and professional commitment to the Gospel, is being honoured as this year's recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. Glen has served for more than 28 years as editor of the Western Catholic Reporter, the biweekly newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Under his leadership, the WCR has become one of the most respected Catholic newspapers in North America, winning multiple honours for editorial writing, news reporting, layout and design, and general excellence.
Divine mercy is more than just a prayer for the Polish religious congregation Sisters of Merciful Jesus. It's more than an image, a novena, an hour or a feast day. Divine mercy is their charism – their special gift, and it is their spirituality – their way of living the Gospel.
SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins." "I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.
For years the outdated library in the basement of the Bathurst, N.B., diocesan offices saw more mice and rats than readers, said Bishop Daniel Jodoin. But when pipes burst during the spring thaw, new doors were opened to our nation's past. The flood waters brought closer inspection of the library and the discovery of historical texts dating back to Canada's earliest days.
From the beginning of his encyclical The Light of Faith, Pope Francis emphasized that faith is more than an intellectual act; it is an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. That encounter, we learned, is a journey in which we grow, not only in knowledge, but in union with Christ. Moreover, it is a communal journey, not simply our own private trip. We journey in the Church.