Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page
The Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were a "barbarity," leading us to ask ourselves "how the human heart can plan and carry out such horrible events," Pope Francis said Nov. 15. "The path of violence and hatred cannot resolve the problems of humanity, and using the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy," the pope said after reciting the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter's Square.
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Looking back on her school days in Wainwright, Sister Anne Rajotte remembers hearing the Sisters of St. Joseph, laughing - while she was practising piano. She remembers thinking how happy they were. However, it was not the continued joyous spirit of the sisters that eventually drew Rajotte to enter the religious congregation, but a persistent call from God.
The Black Nazarene, a large statue of Jesus beloved by Filipino Catholics, is now part of the religious scene in Edmonton. A replica of the original crafted in the Philippines arrived in Edmonton in the summer and has since been blessed and is ready to be venerated. It's a dark wooden statue of Jesus kneeling on one knee carrying a large wooden cross. It has been venerated in the Philippines for more than 400 years.
My wife Nora and I walked the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) from Lourdes, France, to Santiago de Compostella, Spain, from Sept. 28 to Nov. 5, following a route to the alleged tomb of St. James the Greater that is more than 1,000 years old. Over 39 days, we walked about 850 kilometres and took buses and trains for about another 100 kms. The pilgrimage is physically demanding - Nora, who is younger and in better shape than me, kept walking with shin splints.