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Muslim leaders rebuke ISIS for 'abominable crimes'

Muslims making the Hajj

November 3, 2014
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

More than 100 Muslim leaders – clerics and laypeople alike – have signed on to a letter criticizing the Middle East Muslim military group ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran, the Muslim scriptures, to rebuke ISIS' tactics and actions. Since the letter was issued Sept. 19, more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter.

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Youth Rally: Greens outnumber reds

Colm Leyne

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Beginning his first talk at the Edmonton archdiocesan youth rally, speaker Colm Leyne told the young people in attendance to vote for or against him. If he said something inspirational or told a story that resonated with them, they were to put a green slip of paper in a box at the back of the room. However, if he could not keep them enthused or change the way they think about God or their faith, they were to vote with a red slip.

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St. Mary's Parish celebrates 50 years in SE Red Deer

St. Mary's

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Mary's Parish, which celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 4, is a landmark structure in southeast Red Deer. "People come just to look at the unique architecture," said Christine Moore, who chaired the anniversary committee and also chairs the parish council. "The architecture of the church brings people together," said Moore. "It feels that we're all drawn closer to the altar just by the grade. The floor slopes towards the altar."

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Scholars tackle legacy of St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II

November 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. John Paul II's philosophy of the human person provides a basis for both defending and critiquing the current Canadian economic and social system. One could draw that conclusion from talks given at an Oct. 24-25 conference on The Legacy of John Paul II at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. Father John McNerney of University College Dublin outlined the recently canonized pope's understanding of the human person which the pope described as fundamentally mysterious.

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Covenant Health serves 150 years

Dean Rook

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's health care story began 150 years ago in November 1863. The Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) of Montreal cared for their first patient in St. Albert where they founded the first hospital, 42 years before Alberta became a province. The foundations of quality, compassionate care Albertans expect of their health system were laid by those risk-taking sisters. They responded to the needs of their times, founding hospitals and health services across the province.

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TRC discriminated against Catholic entities – lawyer

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November 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Catholic entities involved in Indian residential schools have been unfairly targeted by the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), says lawyer Pierre Baribeau. "We have a feeling that we have been discriminated against by the TRC, compared to the way they have treated the other churches," said Baribeau. "That's a strong feeling, and it's very unfortunate." "We have had some very difficult times," he said. "We have felt targeted by the TRC and by other parties."

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Francis lauds synod's frank exchanges

Synod Logo

November 3, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals. The synod's last working session, Oct. 18, also featured a speech by Pope Francis, in which he celebrated the members' frank exchanges while warning against extremism in the defence of tradition or the pursuit of progress.

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U.S. Catholic media strive to overcome polarization

Gregory Erlandson

November 3, 2014
PATRICIA ZAPOR
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis' call to Christians to examine and reconsider the way they treat others brings challenges for Catholic publications in combatting polarization within the Church, said a panel of editors and publishers Oct. 16. Although their publications represent a wide range of readers, the editors on the panel raised common problems in reporting on Pope Francis. Too few Catholics are well enough versed in the Church's teachings to understand what he says in context, they said. As well, Americans tend to think of every issue as a win/lose proposition between two opposing sides.

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St. Albert school began as shed 150 years ago

Grey Nuns

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a modest start in a small wooden school 150 years ago, Greater St. Albert Roman Catholic Separate School District No. 734 has grown into a modern school system with 16 schools and 6,000 students in St. Albert, Legal and Morinville. Superintendent David Keohane describes the school system as a welcoming, Christ-centred learning community that offers a strong, loving Christian environment rooted in Catholic principles. Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools was formed in 1995 after the amalgamation of three historic school jurisdictions.

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Sharing the Good News about our human nature

Alberta Bishops Logo

November 3, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Pope Francis is leading our Church into a process of two consecutive synods on the family. Therefore in this synodal experience, our Church provides us with an opportunity to look at and deepen our appreciation for and commitment to Catholic education with its reliance on, but also its support for Catholic family life. Indeed, in Catholic educational circles, we often hear mention of the family-parish-school axis or tripod on which and around which the education of our young people happens.

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