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Take risks and do not let life's obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than one million young people. "Don't be afraid to say 'yes' to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him," the pope told pilgrims at the closing Mass July 31 for World Youth Day. "Don't let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice. "When it comes to Jesus, we cannot sit around waiting with arms folded.
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Young pilgrims from the Edmonton Archdiocese who took part in World Youth Day in Poland came back renewed and with a sense of mission. Beaming with energy, they say the massive Catholic youth festival was the ultimate experience as it allowed them to witness the universality of the Church, to share their faith with the world and to grow closer to Christ. Thousands of young people from around the world took part in the festival in Kraków July 25-31.
Excited campers tore along Camp Encounter trails until they reached their counsellors. "We saw a donkey," they exclaimed. That puzzled the counsellors because they knew here in the bush on the island in Lac la Nonne, there are no donkeys. The smiling counsellors asked several questions until their young charges realized that what they saw was the island's resident moose, not a donkey.
In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world. Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."
Joyce Tutt, a tireless supporter of Catholic charitable causes and a passionate volunteer in her parish and community, is being honoured by Newman Theological College as this year's recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.
QUEBEC CITY - Canada owes him the return of the Franciscans, the founding of the country's largest Marian sanctuary, and the development of strong and lasting ties between the French Canadians and the Holy Land. Yet, 100 years after his death and although he might become Canada's next saint, Blessed Frederic Janssoone still remains largely unknown to many people even in Quebec.
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).