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Priest appointments in Edmonton Archdiocese

June 9, 2014
Following are recent and upcoming appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese. The appointments take effect Aug. 13, unless otherwise indicated.

PARISHES IN EDMONTON

Annunciation Parish: Salesian Father John Mariapragasam, pastor.

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Pope opens door to ordaining married men

June 9, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV – Pope Francis said the door is open to allowing more married priests in the Catholic Church, in the Latin rite as well as the Eastern Catholic churches where the practice is already established. "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and believe to be a gift for the Church," the pope told reporters May 26. "Not being a dogma of faith, the door is always open."

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New deacons urged to bring joy

Deacons Roger Reilander, Gem Mella and Hyland Fraser

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With joy and awe the Edmonton Archdiocese welcomed three new permanent deacons to the fold. The large congregation erupted in applause as Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the trio May 31 at St. Joseph's Basilica. "Congratulations," the archbishop told Deacons Gem Mella, Hyland Fraser and Roger Reilander at the end of the ordination Mass. "Now we will put you to work." The Edmonton Archdiocese now has 29 permanent deacons and is expecting to ordain as many as five more within two years.

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Red Deer principal bandages wounds, laughs at kids' jokes

Ken Griffith

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ken Griffith says students keep changing, and schools need to change to keep up with them. "Students learn differently today than they did even 10 years ago," said Griffith, principal of Red Deer's Maryview School and a recipient of the Alberta Teachers' Association 2013-14 Distinguished Leadership Award. "It's important that we're keeping up on current research and making all of our decisions upon accurate information and data that tell us how children work," he said.

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Kidnapped Canadian nun, 2 priests released unharmed

June 9, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A Canadian sister of Notre-Dame and two Italian missionary priests have been released unharmed almost two months after being kidnapped in northern Cameroon. "It is with great joy that the sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame have learned . . . of the release of Sister Gilberte Bussiere," said a June 1 statement from the Montreal-based order. Bussiere, 74, had been working in Cameroon since 1979.

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Service honours dignity of those dead without shelter

June 9, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Forty people died in Edmonton last year. What makes their deaths unique is that they died because they were without shelter. They were homeless, unprotected from the brutal winter, street violence, a place to be safe. You won't find their obituaries in the newspaper. But to many – their fellow people, agencies who worked with them, family members – they mattered and are missed.

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Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage both religious and political

June 9, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis said his three-day trip to the Holy Land was a religious pilgrimage, one that would bring to mind the famous encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople 50 years ago. While the pope did meet today's patriarch – several times, in fact – his trip will be most remembered as a political pilgrimage that tackled the humanly impossible task of bringing peace between Israel and Palestine. Who better to assume the role of the impossible peacemaker than the vicar of Christ?

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Communicators should spread the beauty of faith – Lavoie

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

June 23, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Writers and editors of Christian publications and websites should spread the word about the beauty of the Christian faith, says Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. The Christian faith "is beautiful and it is crying out to be seen as such," Lavoie told the annual conference of the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada held April 30 to May 2.

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First Communicants

June 23, 2014

The First Communion class at Wainwright's Blessed Sacrament Parish marked the end of their sacramental preparation by depicting Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper. Most of the children received their First Communion on May 4.

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Canada's oldest Catholic magazine ceases publication

June 23, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Canada's oldest Catholic print publication, the Jesuits' Canadian Messenger of the Sacred Heart, will go to print for the final time this month after 124 continuous years in production. "Our leadership has determined that since the number of subscribers has plummeted in the last five years, the operation can no longer sustain itself financially," said Father Philip Shano, Messenger of the Sacred Heart's editor.

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