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Ukrainian Catholics look to expand the role of women

Bishop David Motiuk
July 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is reflecting on how to better integrate women into the life of the Church. At the invitation of Bishop David Motiuk, women have been studying the issue and submitting proposals. "We want a more prominent role within the Church because I think we can do more," says Jayne Buryn, chair of the Eparchial Pastoral Council, a mostly lay body that advises Motiuk.

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Bishops call for true compassion

July 11, 2016
Following is a June 27 statement by Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, of Hamilton, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide in our country, stands as an appalling landmark decision to the utter failure of government, and indeed all society, to care truly, authentically and humanely for the suffering and vulnerable in our midst.

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Catholic-Disciples of Christ dialogue discusses the Eucharist

July 11, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY - The Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue took place in Calgary June 17 to 22. The general theme for the present phase of dialogue is Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist. The Calgary sessions took place at the Faithful Companions of Jesus' Christian Life Centre. After an introductory meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in 2014, the commission approached the topics related to what it means to be formed by the Eucharist, including the structures of liturgies of the two churches and the significance of catechesis on the Eucharist.

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Jesuit led spiritual writer to become boundary dweller

Margaret Silf
July 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus moves freely among his fellow men and women, with little regards for their religious practices or even their religious denominations. When Margaret Silf began to believe that, she felt free and started to live outside normal Church structures. She felt those structures were a box, which had become too uncomfortable. Silf is unquestionably a believer, a spiritual woman, but she is not married to "stale" structures.

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Knights help renew memorial for JP2's walk in Elk Island

July 11, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The path walked by a saint is being renewed in Elk Island National Park. Parks Canada and five councils of the Knights of Columbus are installing five commemorative panels and replacing the bench on which St. John Paul II sat when he spent an afternoon at the park in September 1984. A bench and plaque had once been installed years ago to honour the pope's visit to Edmonton. But years of harsh northern Alberta weather took its toll on the wood.

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God wants us to share in divine life - theologian

Matthew Leonard
July 11, 2016

The goal of this life is divinity, says theologian Matthew Leonard. As Christians, we want to reach a state of grace to "become partakers of the divine nature of God." "God, in this unprecedented act of love and mercy, offers us a share of who he is," Leonard said at the 21st annual Family Life Conference at Lac Ste. Anne. "We don't become omnipotent or omnipresent, but God offers us the ability to incorporate ourselves into his family. Through grace we become what he is. That's your dream and destiny, provided you accept it."

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Aboriginal people flock to N. America's oldest shrine

July 11, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

For more than 300 years, First Nations people have been coming to the shrine at the Basilica of Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre, northeast of Quebec City. But for Blair Paul of the Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia, it was only his second pilgrimage to North America's oldest Catholic shrine. "This is a peaceful place, very spiritual," said Paul, who made the journey with his daughter, Jada. "It's only the second time I come. But before me, my father came for 40 years. So I came to pray."

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Sask. Bishop opens eyes, heart to life on the street

Bishop Donald Bolen
July 11, 2016
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like. The bishop, who lives in an apartment in central Saskatoon, said the brief experience of living on the streets opened his eyes. "The most powerful experience was the vulnerability of the situations that we were in," Bolen said after the June 17-18 event to raise funds for Sanctum Care Group.

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Pope Benedict sees Pope Francis as his protector

July 11, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In his first public address in almost a year, retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sincere gratitude to Pope Francis, saying that his goodness "from the first moment of your election, in every moment of my life here, touches me deeply." "More than the beauty found in the Vatican Gardens, your goodness is the place where I live; I feel protected," Pope Benedict said June 28. Pope Benedict, 89, also conveyed his hope that Pope Francis would continue to "lead us all on this path of divine mercy that shows the path of Jesus, to Jesus and to God."

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Undeserved mercy brings joy, says Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins
July 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

We should be gracious to other people as God is gracious to us, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. "What a better world it would be if we were all more gracious to one another," he told hundreds of Catholics at Lac Ste. Anne July 1. "Mercy is profoundly important in our life in Christ. It is a thing of which we all have need." Collins, a former archbishop of Edmonton, was one of several speakers who addressed the Catholic Family Life Conference on the theme of mercy.

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