Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page
Canes and crutches are left behind at the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site, evidence of healing miracles experienced at the sacred shore. Impressive stories of people being healed of diseases such as leprosy, entering the water lame and coming out walking, and other healings of various sorts are not hard to come by at the pilgrimage, which is likely the largest annual Church event in Western Canada, drawing tens of thousands of people, mainly Aboriginal.
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St. Kateri's virtue of forgiveness was celebrated at the second annual St. Kateri Gathering July 11 at Maskwacis (formerly Hobbema). "Some of our people have great animosity toward the Church," said Ermineskin elder Alec Piche. "At some point in life we have to forgive. We can't dwell on the past forever and ever, and I think her example – she forgave people that shortchanged her, – this is what we have to do as native people. We have to forgive and then the hurt will leave gradually."
Glen Argan, a veteran journalist known for both his personal and professional commitment to the Gospel, is being honoured as this year's recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. Glen has served for more than 28 years as editor of the Western Catholic Reporter, the biweekly newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Edmonton. Under his leadership, the WCR has become one of the most respected Catholic newspapers in North America, winning multiple honours for editorial writing, news reporting, layout and design, and general excellence.
In the 10 years since same-sex marriage became legal in Canada, observers have seen a steady erosion of religious freedom and conscience rights. They also warn about negative impacts on education, particularly sex education, parental rights and the effect of marriage redefinition on the rights of children.
SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA – Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins." "I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.
For years the outdated library in the basement of the Bathurst, N.B., diocesan offices saw more mice and rats than readers, said Bishop Daniel Jodoin. But when pipes burst during the spring thaw, new doors were opened to our nation's past. The flood waters brought closer inspection of the library and the discovery of historical texts dating back to Canada's earliest days.