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Alta. March for Life draws crowd of thousands

June 1, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two years ago Crystal Dean was pregnant with her sixth child. She thought her pregnancy was going well until her doctor told her there were serious complications. Her unborn baby, she was told, had a heart defect as well as a lymphatic malformation of her neck. The doctor recommended the pregnancy be terminated. "I remember feeling like my whole world was turned upside down," recalled Dean. "My doctor was a Christian so I was surprised that he would say that to me."

Appointments of Priests

June 1, 2015

The following appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese will take effect Aug. 12, unless otherwise indicated.

Bishops want input to law on assisted suicide

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

June 1, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops should be included in consultations regarding assisted suicide legislation, the conference's president has told the country's justice minister. In a letter released May 25, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher expressed deep concern about the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 ruling that struck down the laws against assisted suicide and opened the way to doctor-assisted death.

Holy Spirit transformed fearful disciples into courageous witnesses

Pope Francis

June 1, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and reciting the Regina Coeli prayer with tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square May 24, the pope spoke of Pentecost as the day the Church was born universal but united.

Irish marriage vote should stir Church reality check – bishop

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

June 1, 2015
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

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.

Outpouring of Spirit's healing highlights lay evangelist's service

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – When Robert Canton woke up on Pentecost Day this year, he was excited. In Edmonton from his home in Stockton, Calif., for the New Evangelization and Healing Conference, invited for his talent of the charismatic gift of healing, he knew the Lord was going to do something big. After all, it was the day of Pentecost, the "birthday" of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples. Already during the three-day conference at Edmonton's Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Church, testimonies of miraculous healing through the Holy Spirit had been pouring in.

Hunger for Spirit manifest at Pentecost

Janelle Reinhart

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A Pentecost weekend Festival of Praise led by popular Christian vocalist Janelle Reinhart was standing room only at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. The concert, which preceded a Pentecost Vigil Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith, was part of the May 22-24 New Evangelization and Healing Conference organized by Catholic Renewal Services. "I think it's a sign," said guitarist Jason Reinhart, marvelling at the size of the crowd, estimated at nearly 700. "People were hungry for the Holy Spirit. They just were coming in and coming in and coming in and it was just great to see. There were people of all ages here."

Scrupulous spirit stood in the way of Nemcek's vocation

Deacon Peter Nemcek

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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."

Red Deer area schools mark World Catholic Education Day

June 1, 2015
HALEIGH PACKER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools celebrated World Catholic Education Day May 14, where students and staff learned about how we are all one family in the world. This year's theme was solidarity, which is one of seven major principles of Catholic social teaching. Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics throughout the world give thanks for Catholic education with the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

'Sacred Earth' will provide home for native ceremonies

Allen Benson

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The sweat lodge ceremonies of aboriginal spirituality until now practised only on surrounding reserves will soon have a place within Edmonton's city limits. The ground-breaking sweats of Kihciy Askiy, set to open this summer, will be a culturally safe environment for aboriginal people to heal, learn to pray and learn about creation story teachings from aboriginal elders. It will also be a place to learn about and develop their aboriginal identity.

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