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One World . . . One Centre eases refugees into schools

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February 8, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

If any agency was prepared for a wave of Syrian refugee families to arrive in Canada, it is Edmonton Catholic Schools' One World . . . One Centre. With a newly-made holy door at the welcome centre declaring, "Let the children come to me," assistant principal Karen Fabris and her team were not sent scrambling as news hit of the refugee crisis.

Mireau's sacred fire still enflames Catholic youth

February 8, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thousands of Grade Eight students gathered to sing, pray, learn, laugh and celebrate what it means to be Catholic at the first annual Father Michael Mireau Youth Faith Day on Feb. 1. Mireau, the Edmonton Catholic Schools chaplain for whom the event was named in honour, would have gotten a kick out of the sight.

God loves beauty

Prof. Ali Asani

February 8, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ask Professor Ali Asani about the Catholic faith, and his mind is instantly brought to its beauty. Asani is not Catholic. As a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and culture at Harvard University, he is steeped in the intellectual and experiential knowledge of Islam, but he also has developed a knowledge and appreciation of Catholicism through attending Mass.

Eastern Ontario diocese may be merged with Ottawa

February 8, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - A decision on whether the Alexandria-Cornwall Diocese will get a new bishop or become part of the Ottawa Archdiocese will be made by July 2017, says the Ottawa archbishop. On Jan. 13, Pope Francis named Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast apostolic administrator of Alexandria-Cornwall after Bishop Marcel Damphousse's move to the Sault Sainte Marie Diocese.

Oblates born to evangelize

February 8, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Two hundred years ago the French aristocrat Eugene de Mazenod gathered a few priests into a kind of evangelical gang in southeastern France. They went into neglected, impoverished parishes preaching in the local dialect of Provençal, not French, sharing their lives and the Gospel with poor people who had been left behind by modern France.

Muslim leaders support minority rights

February 8, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Muslim leaders from around the world have adopted a declaration defending the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. Participants said the Marrakesh Declaration, developed during a Jan. 25-27 conference, was based on the Medina Charter, a constitutional contract between the Prophet Muhammad and the people of Medina.

English cardinal warns teachers of Islamic State recruitment

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February 8, 2016
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

London - It can take just one month to turn a disenfranchised teenage Catholic student into fanatical Islamic terrorist, an English cardinal warned Catholic teachers. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster told delegates at a London conference to guard against the Internet recruitment of vulnerable secondary school students by the Islamic State.

Iraqi patriarch details growing persecution

Patriarch Louis Sako

February 8, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MARRAKESH, Morocco - Iraq's Chaldean Catholic patriarch said increasing incidents of discrimination against Christians in Iraqi society are inciting fear and causing an exodus of Christians from their homeland. In a speech circulated at a Jan. 25-27 conference on the rights of religious minorities in the Muslim world, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad cited Muslim contractors refusing to build homes, monasteries, etc., for Christians whom they identify as infidels.

Those who suffer are chosen to be saints

February 8, 2016
BISHOP GERALD WIESNER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In our world today, a major topic of discussion is that of euthanasia, physician-assisted dying, assisted death. Often at the centre of this discussion is the matter of suffering that is often prevalent and endured by so many. At the beginning of these reflections, it needs to be noted that suffering is an evil. In other words, suffering is not to be sought after; it is to be avoided at all costs and every effort is to be made to alleviate and overcome it when it is present.

Lent is time for works of mercy, says Francis

Pope Francis

February 8, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one's faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said. "Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit," the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins Feb. 10 for Latin-rite Catholics.