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The Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were a "barbarity," leading us to ask ourselves "how the human heart can plan and carry out such horrible events," Pope Francis said Nov. 15. "The path of violence and hatred cannot resolve the problems of humanity, and using the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy," the pope said after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.
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Looking back on her school days in Wainwright, Sister Anne Rajotte remembers hearing the Sisters of St. Joseph, laughing - while she was practising piano. She remembers thinking how happy they were. However, it was not the continued joyous spirit of the sisters that eventually drew Rajotte to enter the religious congregation, but a persistent call from God.
The congregation was speckled with poppies as it celebrated the priestly ordination of Father Caesarius Marple. The Edmonton-born monk prostrated before the altar at Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C., Nov. 11. "To give glory to God, to be a man fully alive, to be a saint: this is my goal, and for that I am excited," said Marple. "I see my ordination to the priesthood as a step along the way, a step I am unworthy to make, but a step which God is asking of me."
The Black Nazarene, a large statue of Jesus beloved by Filipino Catholics, is now part of the religious scene in Edmonton. A replica of the original crafted in the Philippines arrived in Edmonton in the summer and has since been blessed and is ready to be venerated. It's a dark wooden statue of Jesus kneeling on one knee carrying a large wooden cross. It has been venerated in the Philippines for more than 400 years.
Muslims and Christians should walk together, instead of stepping around each other, participants heard at a recent Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue. "The first concept of our faith teaches us to [have] love for all and hatred for none," said Khalida Khawaja, a member of Edmonton's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Greg Pennoyer calls it "living in a culture of amnesia." Canadians may know bits and pieces of their history - the date of Confederation, where Henry Hudson froze to death, how General Wolfe defeated the Marquis de Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham. But we've lost the thread of the whole story. You can't understand how Canada came to be the country it is today without understanding its religious foundations and history, Pennoyer insists. Pennoyer works for the Cardus Foundation, a Hamilton, Ont.-based think tank started by Dutch Reformed Christians but which now has considerable input from Catholics.
One Sunday, having attended the Saturday evening Mass in my parish, I set out to worship in a non-Catholic church on Sunday morning. The topic of the day was Jesus' baptism, and I was surprised upon hearing the preacher say that Jesus became God at his baptism. "Adoptionism!" I thought to myself. An early Church heresy which assumed that Jesus was human, but not divine, until the Holy Spirit came upon him.