Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
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.
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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.
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.
OTTAWA – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission process has been "very, very good for Canada," says the Alberta bishop who chairs the corporation of Catholic entities – dioceses and religious orders – that ran Indian residential schools. "It has brought to light the plight of our First Nations people in a way that allows non-native Canadians to recognize that the ills and problems of First Nations individuals and communities do have a history," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan.
The head of the Irish bishops' conference distanced himself from comments made by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke concerning Irish voters who backed same-sex marriage. Reacting to the May 22 poll, in which voters supported same-sex marriage by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent, Burke told the Newman Society, Oxford University's Catholic Society: "It's just incredible. . . . Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared say this was marriage."
Basilians came to Edmonton in 1963 to take over administration of St. Joseph's College from the Christian Brothers, who no longer had enough personnel to continue the operation. When Gallagher arrived at the college in 1978, nine Basilians were teaching there and at the University of Alberta. Numbers held up well for many years but in the last couple of years they have dropped to three. Gallagher taught moral theology for four years. He returned to Toronto in 1982 to launch a bioethics centre there.
The following appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese will take effect Aug. 12, unless otherwise indicated.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage. Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 per cent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland. "I think really that the Church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it's doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, 'Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?'" he told state broadcaster RTE.
He was only seven years old. But little Peter Nemcek was scared witless to make his first Confession. He hadn't committed any grave sin, yet he was petrified. The priest in his hometown parish of St. Nicolas in Trnava, a city in western Slovakia, was known to be strict. "I had never been to Confession so when my friend confessed and said the priest is kind of strict, I thought, 'Oh, that's scary,'" Nemcek recalled. "I was probably sweating, I was pretty scared."
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an invitation to us to overcome cultural divisions just as Jesus and the Canaanite woman did in their encounter in Matthew's Gospel, says Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. In the Gospel story, Jesus had just rebuked the Pharisees for their "self-serving religion" when he left Judah and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon, Lavoie said. There he was accosted by the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter.