Stories for the Right Column of the WCR This Week Page
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Religious freedom advocates are troubled by a June 19 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upholding the Law Society of Upper Canada's refusal to accredit the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU). The appeal court ruled that although the law society's decision infringed on the right to religious freedom, that discrimination was justified.
The episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Robert Kasun will take place Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. Kasun, pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus and St. Clare parishes, has been appointed auxiliary bishop to the archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said he will continue pressing for a Church that is open and understanding despite opposition from some clerics who "say no to everything." "They do their work and I do mine," the pope said when asked, "What is your relationship with ultraconservatives in the Church?" The question was posed by Joaquin Morales Sola, a journalist for the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, in an interview published July 3.