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Christians have role to play in public life, says ambassador

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Andrew Bennett, Canada's ambassador of religious freedom, urged a Christian audience here April 4 to engage in the public sphere, proclaim truth and champion human dignity. Christians are very good at discussing politics, economics and social responsibility in private spaces "in which we feel safe and comfortable," Bennett said. "Yet, Christ does not call the Christian to be safe and comfortable."

Survivors witness to the Creator – Smith

Chief Robert Joseph

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Testimonies of residential school survivors given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Edmonton witness to the central place of God the Creator in aboriginal spirituality, Archbishop Richard Smith said March 28. That openness to the Creator allows the heart to be moved, and healing and reconciliation to take place, the archbishop said at a TRC session.

Effects of schools ‘disastrous’ says Church council

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Christian communities "have often fallen short of living the love and service of Jesus" in their long history of relations with indigenous peoples, says a statement of reconciliation by the Canadian Council of Churches. The Church-run Indian residential school system, in particular, "had disastrous effects on students, their families and communities," the CCC said in a statement delivered at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event in Edmonton March 28.

St. Francis School asks pope to pay a visit

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

You never know but if Pope Francis shows up in Edmonton, the credit should go to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Edmonton's northeast. The 264-student elementary school recently sent the beloved pontiff a video invitation to their school. Principal Kathy Dekker would love if the pope came but she would settle for a response from him by the end of June.

Day of Confession was 'amazing evangelization tool'

March 31, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As they did a year ago, thousands of Catholics across the Edmonton Archdiocese lined up to confess their sins to a priest March 18. Many were regular parishioners who can't find the time during regular hours to confess their sins and find forgiveness through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Tough on crime programs make criminals tougher

March 31, 2014
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – A tough on crime federal government and cuts to education programs within prisons have made prison life much tougher and hasn't helped prisoners get out of a life of crime. That was the principal message given March 10 to a group of Catholic Women's League and Knights of Columbus members at Holy Trinity Parish by Friends on the Outside (FOTO).

Shroud replica stirs faith during Edmonton visit

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While there are thousands of photographic reproductions of the Shroud of Turin, the Shroud on display in Edmonton is unique in that it is among only a handful of reproductions authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, the custodians of the original Shroud. Ed Hecker, a retired teacher, visited the actual Shroud of Turin in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in northern Italy. He could not get close or even take photographs, so it was not as compelling as he had hoped.

New LRT mural halts controversy

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As loud trains rolled past and announcements blared through the Grandin LRT station, about 100 people gathered inside the station to witness the unveiling of a new mural aimed at making amends with the past. The mural, in honour of Alberta's First Nations people, was unveiled at the station March 21. The artwork was created by aboriginal artist Aaron Paquette, who has been an advocate for native rights.

Many paths lead candidates to RCIA door and conversion

Anne Driver

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A common icon of conversion is the painting of Jesus standing at a person's front door. The image illustrates Revelation 3.20: "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me." Jesus gives the invitation and calls out to us, but it's up to each individual to decide whether to answer the door and let Jesus into his or her life, said Anne Driver, pastoral assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain.

Rosica examines John Paul II with Canadian eyes

March 31, 2014
Review by LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

John Paul II - A Saint for Canada. Written by Father Tom Rosica. 93 pages. Novalis

This examination of St. John Paul II's life is seen through the eyes and presence of Father Thomas Rosica, who states the intent of his treatise when he writes, "It is a spiritual reflection based on my own personal involvement with this amazing holy man and my experience at the heart of World Youth Day 2002 and since."