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Muslims, Catholics build bridges at Ramadan ritual meal

July 11/25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Time and again one heard a familiar refrain from dinner tables at the Catholic-Muslim dinner held at Providence Renewal Centre June 28: "Building bridges." The event was an iftar, the ritual meal that is held at the end of each fasting day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Two hundred Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths came together to meet each other, and discover the meaning of the tenets of each others' faiths. By doing that, they, as was said many times during the evening, were building bridges.

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Come to the water

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Redemptorist Father Mick Fleming blessed the waters of Lac Ste. Anne July 17, people waded into the lake in droves, anxious to dip themselves into the sacred waters. Many filled jars with the blessed liquid to take back home. A young woman, pain clearly visible on her face, slowly pushed her walker into the lake in the hope of obtaining relief. Younger people helped their elders into the water. Some older people with canes walked in by themselves. Priests and bishops also walked inside the lake to bless the people, one by one.

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Consultant delivers blistering report on Edmonton school board

July 25, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Edmonton's Catholic school board will be required to report regularly to Alberta's deputy minister of education after a consultant's report concluded the board is unlikely to alter its high degree of "conflict and confusion" without direct oversight from outside. In a highly-critical 16-page report, consultant Donald Cummings says the board's current governing style – which includes bullying, disrespect, distrust, innuendo and attack – is "intractable."

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

Bishop Donald Bolen
July 11/25, 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.

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Theologians call Church to confront roots of racism

July 25, 2016
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Bryan Massingale, a Milwaukee priest and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police. Massingale said that as a black man, he has occasionally been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught for 12 years, as he walked on campus when he wasn't wearing his priestly garb. It's a sign, Massingale told Catholic News Service, of the widespread racism entrenched in American culture.

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VatiLeaks verdict: journalists acquitted, monsignor sent to jail

July 25, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A Vatican court acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source, a Spanish monsignor, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered his ruling July 7, declaring that the court had no legitimate jurisdiction over Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The court found Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Francesca Chaouqui, a member of a former Vatican commission on its economic-administrative structure, guilty of having roles in leaking confidential documents about Vatican finances.

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Undeserved mercy brings joy, says Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins
July 11/25, 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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Church needs media to ‘market its product,’ says entrepreneur

July 25, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Church – from individual parishes to the Vatican – needs to collaborate with highly skilled specialists if it wants to get serious about evangelization, said a Canadian media, design and marketing entrepreneur. While Church leaders should turn increasingly to lay experts, lay Catholics should “step up a lot more in our parishes and our dioceses,” offering their expertise, Matthew Harvey Sanders told Catholic News Service July 14. The 34-year-old Toronto native is founder and managing director of Longbeard Creative, a web and graphic-design company that works with nonprofits.

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Syrians escape turmoil, happy to receive a Canadian welcome

Pascal Zafar and daughter Selena
July 11, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Matilda Alber and husband Pascal Zafar underwent many challenges back in Syria. Pascal was kidnapped, Matilda's brother was also kidnapped and the couple's two pharmacies were destroyed by bombing. Life was unbearable. So the couple packed what they could and left for Lebanon only to learn that Christians like them are not welcome in the refugee camps. All that is over now, and Matilda and Pascal wear pleasant smiles and seem happy. They have been in Edmonton since October, all thanks to the Sisters of Providence who sponsored them.

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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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