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Every day a eucharistic procession

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The temperature soared to 27 degrees and the sun was shining on Corpus Christi Sunday June 7, but it was the Son who lit up the faces of the faithful taking part in the procession in downtown Edmonton. About half of the hundreds of parishioners who filled St. Joseph Basilica for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith took part in the outdoor procession which followed.

Faith groups can help end child poverty, says former senator

Hugh Segal

June 15, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Former senator Hugh Segal is encouraging faith groups to use their collective voice to help put an end to child poverty in Canada. Although faith communities may not have the authoritative power of politicians, Segal said their voice is not to be underestimated.

Former students, staff line up to laud Grandin School

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grandin School, the oldest Catholic school still in operation in Edmonton, marked its centennial June 5 with a large outdoor party that included a barbecue, music from the 1930s, school tours, speeches and the unveiling of a huge mural. Roughly 500 people attended the celebration, many of them former students and staff.

Homelessness due to poor housing policy — advocate

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A simple service honouring those who died due to homelessness set a sombre tone for an Edmonton conference on the right to housing. On Friday, June 5, family, friends and members of the public gathered at an inner-city park to honour the lives of those who have died in the past year as the result of homelessness and substandard housing.

Priests benefit from 'spiritual mothers'

Fr. Scott McCaig

June 15, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Though a recent study shows most Catholic priests are happy in their vocations, they face many challenges that could lead some to become disillusioned. "The demands on priests have grown exponentially in the last century," said Father Scott McCaig, general superior of the Companions of the Cross and chaplain to the Ottawa-based apostolate, the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests. McCaig was speaking to women in formation to become spiritual mothers of a priest. He outlined the challenges priests face to guide the women in their intercessory prayers.

Cry out to the Lord that world will know his truth

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics have to proclaim the truth, says charismatic preacher Robert Valiante. "The truth needs to be proclaimed," Valiante said. "When was the last time you proclaimed it?" Speaking to about 700 people at a recent festival, he said Catholics have the right and the duty to evangelize. Valiante, a member of St. John Newman Parish in Scranton, Penn., was one of several evangelists who addressed Edmonton's first Shalom Festival at St. Theresa Church May 30.

Media central to new evangelization

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a Catholic charismatic media ministry, Shalom Media aims to use all modern means of mass communication to bring the Gospel to the ends of the world. "Shalom is responding to the call of new evangelization by bringing the true beauty of life in Christ in three ways – TV (programs), print media and Shalom festivals across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe," said evangelist Jenson Joseph.

Roots of Change celebrates life of mercy

Fr. Jonathan Morris

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his talk at a packed black tie event, American author Father Jonathan Morris said he wanted to deliver a similar message to what the late Father Denis Hebert would have said. Morris, who answered the call to the priesthood after spending time as a young man in Central America, delivered a speech entitled The Joy of Gospel Living: Answering Pope Francis' Call to Humility and Service, after learning about the work that Hebert was doing through his charity in Nicaragua. Referring to an inscription at the front of his recently-published book, The Way of Serenity, Morris said he wrote "Thank you Francis, for teaching me again that Jesus' way is simple: mercy, humility, truth and service."

Encyclical on environment will take strong moral stand

June 15, 2015
BARBARA FRASER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message – one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say. "The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people's life and health," Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.

Prisoners deserve fullness of God's mercy – Francis

June 15, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison – at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.

 
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