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Campus faith groups gather for dialogue

Brittney White

December 16, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a bid to engage religious and intellectual diversity, chaplains at the University of Alberta have launched an interfaith dialogue among people of different faiths on campus.

Vatican, Islamic university to restart suspended dialogue

December 16, 2013
JAMES MARTONE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

CAIRO – The Vatican will restart its stalled dialogue with Sunni Islam's main theological centre, Al-Azhar University, said Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for Egypt's Catholic Church.

Squash played with love scores money for spinal injuries expenses

Parker Love

December 16, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For four years, Brian Maraj, the academic dean at St. Joseph's College, has been helping others through his love for squash.

Durocher lays out hopes for evangelization

December 16, 2013
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Just days before Pope Francis laid out his dream for a missionary Church in all parts of the world, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' president Archbishop Paul-André Durocher put forward his own hopes for the new evangelization in Canada.

Philippines marks fine line between Advent, Christmas

December 16, 2013
SIMONE ORENDAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the Philippines, the Christmas season starts in September, but the final nine days of Advent have special meaning.

Palestinian L'Arche ready for Christmas

December 16, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK – Activity was in full swing at the Ma'an lil-Hayat workshop as 16 adults shaped felted wool into round balls for a large order of sheep to fill people's Nativity scenes.

Marriage proposal at Cana

Kristin Kopp

December 9, 2013
LORRAINE TURCHANSKY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

When Kristin Kopp read in her Sunday bulletin last Easter about Archbishop Smith's Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she knew she had to be there. "I just felt a calling to go as soon as I read about it," she said.

Archdiocese offers input for family synod

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese will be giving input to the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family through some of its consultative bodies.

U.S. Catholics eager to give their insight to the synod on issues affecting family life

December 9, 2013
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE – The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, called by Pope Francis for next October, is drawing great interest from everyday Catholics, many of whom are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the session.

Reconciliation heals residential schools' past

December 9, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For more than 100 years thousands of aboriginal children were forcibly sent to Indian residential schools funded by the federal government and run by Christian churches and religious communities.