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Every life a gift from God

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Clarence and Marie Ibach's family is a living witness that every life is a gift from God. Originally seeking "healthy" children when they set out to adopt, the Ibachs' family portrait today includes 10 children with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. "We said, 'God, whatever you want,' and that's what he gave us," said Marie. "They're special."


Priest appointments in Edmonton Archdiocese

May 30, 2016
Following is a list of appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese, effective Aug. 17, unless otherwise indicated.


War drives Melkite priest to Edmonton

Fr. Issa Mammar

May 30, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With rockets falling daily on the Syrian capital of Damascus, life for Father Issa Mammar and his family was becoming unbearable. The civil war, which started in 2011, was lasting too long. The married Melkite Catholic priest and his wife Rima were worried about the safety of their children, Jean-Pierre, 13, and Anne Marie, 5. Terrorists often target schools and civilian areas and Mammar felt his family was in danger. So he started planning to leave his war-torn country.


Tears flow over memories of St. James

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teary-eyed, Michele Wallace felt a mix of emotions as she walked down the halls of Edmonton's St. James School for the last time. She burst into laughter with her mother Pat Moorhouse as she pointed to her June 1981 yearbook photo. "It's just the nostalgia, just remembering everything. And a flood of memories," said Wallace. "Some things, as a child, they seemed so big." Wallace and Moorhouse were among the former and current students, parents and staff present May 11 for the St. James School closing celebration.


Pope's call to study women deacons has speculation rising

May 30, 2016
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope's agreement on the idea - raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women's orders - was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests. The Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut such notions the next day.


Senate wants changes to euthanasia bill

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A Senate committee has recommended amendments to strengthen euthanasia Bill C-14's safeguards and add conscience rights protections to aid quicker passage of the bill. Senator Denise Batters recommended the House of Commons pass these recommendations before returning the bill to the Senate after a third reading vote. The Liberal government tried to force a vote on third reading May 18 by shutting down debate, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau derailed that plan by wading into a group of New Democrat MPs who were blocking the Conservative whip from returning to his seat so the vote could begin.


Luke's Beatitudes reveal God's mercy

May 30, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Beatitudes are among the most popular and best remembered sections of the New Testament. Many Christians commit them to memory, and they pop up frequently in the liturgy. Yet, when we say "Beatitudes," we almost invariably mean the nine included in St. Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount (5.3-11) - "Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .". The four Beatitudes and four woes in St. Luke's Sermon on the Plain (6.20-26) are rarely considered.


St. Joseph's College opens doors to fleeing Fort McMurray families

May 16, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A smiling St. Joseph's College employee poked her head around Danica Wolitski's door and said, "We've got another family with three children" "Great," said Wolitski. The translation of that triumphant discourse means a family fleeing the firestorm ravaging Fort McMurray has found safe housing here in Edmonton. The housing comes from vacant apartments at the new women's residence (dubbed the Ilanders) at St. Joseph's College on the University of Alberta campus.


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