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Angels had key role in Christmas story

December 21, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Almost every Christmas tree has one - an angel, garbed in a flowing gown, balanced on the top of the evergreen tree. To many, the angel is traditionally the last ornament placed on the highest branch. There she sits, resplendent, gazing down in all her glory. The angel deserves that place of honour for the voices of angels resounded throughout the world at the coming of the Christ child.

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Film throws light on Mother Teresa's years in the dark

Mother Teresa
December 21, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Interest in Mother Teresa's sainthood reignited when an Italian news agency prematurely announced Nov. 18 that the canonization could be held as soon as Sept. 5, 2016 if a second miracle can be approved by the Vatican this month. Whether or not the Congregation for the Causes of Saints can confirm the healing of a Brazilian man's brain tumour in time for the September date, it is clear Mother Teresa's life and work continue to inspire strong devotion among Catholics.

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Christian law school wins major B.C. court victory

December 21, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

In its years-long war to open a law school, Trinity Western University has won a significant battle. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in favour of the evangelical university and graduates from its proposed law school Dec. 10. TWU is celebrating the win as "recognition of true Canadian diversity."

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Stained glass sees light again

December 7, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Divine intervention, says Alene Mutala, led to one parish's lost treasure sparking the transformation of a Sherwood Park high school into a building of faith. "I truly believe that it was the work of the Holy Spirit that was with me that day," Mutala said of her visit to the archdiocesan archives where she came upon the stained glass Stations of the Cross that had been salvaged from Edmonton's St. Pius X Church, closed in 2012.

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

December 7, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

With great joy and hope I write to you on the eve of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, established by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who will inaugurate it on Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In communion with the whole Church, our honouring of this year will commence with the blessing and opening of the "Holy Door" at St. Joseph's Basilica on the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 13, 2015. The jubilee will close on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016.

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Pope Francis sees Year of Mercy affecting Muslim, Jewish, Christian relations

From persecution to partnership

December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics and Jews have a lot in common, says Rabbi Daniel Friedman of the Beth Israel Synagogue. "There is more that unite us than what divides us. We are very fortunate to be able to sit here and share together our Judeo-Christian heritage." That's all thanks to Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions.

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Vatican II declaration opened doors to friendly interfaith relations

Fr. Lawrence Frizzell
December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - The Second Vatican Council made historic changes to Church policies and theology that have led to improved relations with other religions, especially the Jewish people. The publication in 1965 of Nostra Aetate, Latin for In Our Time, revolutionized the Church's approach to Jews and Judaism.

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Red Deer trustee chosen president of the ACSTA

December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An experienced trustee and fervent supporter of Catholic education has been elected the new president of the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees' Association. Adriana LaGrange, a long-time trustee for Red Deer Catholic Schools, was elected ACSTA president at the association's recent general meeting in Edmonton.

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Synod highlighted beauty of marriage, Smith tells media

Archbishops Richard Smith
December 7, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Celebrate the beauty and joy of marriage. Too often, said Archbishop Richard Smith, society focuses on the glitches and tribulations of family life. The Edmonton archbishop made this comment during a teleconference interview with Catholic media representatives following his return from the World Synod on the Family in Rome.

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