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Faith leaders pledge to help house the homeless

Bob McKeon

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a successful five years housing the homeless, local spiritual leaders reaffirmed their commitment to participate in the second half of the City of Edmonton's 10-year-commitment to end homelessness. Representatives of 25 faith communities, including Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, Ukrainian Catholic Eparch David Motiuk and Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander, pledged to help the city realizethe commitment. The signing ceremony took place at City Hall Nov. 13, following speeches by several local leaders.

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Never rule out talks with terrorists – pope

December 1, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT – Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally.< Meeting reporters Nov. 25 on his return flight from Strasbourg where he addressed the European Parliament, Pope Francis said terrorism is a threat that must be taken seriously.

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Guadalupe feast an occasion to pray with aboriginal people

Dennis Whitford

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The concerns of aboriginal people will take centre stage across Canada Dec. 12 as Catholics gather to pray in solidarity with them. The Edmonton Archdiocese will mark the day with evening prayer and a Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a humble aboriginal peasant, St. Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. "Because Our Lady appeared to this indigenous person, the indigenous people from across America recognize this as a particularly significant devotion for them," explains Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Canadian author provides Christian guide to going green

December 1, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Creation care ministry combines both practical and Christian elements – an exquisite blend of why God wants us to care for his Earth and how to go about doing it. Norman Lévesque has written a book that provides a guide to going green the Christian way – Greening Your Church (Novalis). Lévesque's book includes not only ways to make your parish more environmentally responsible, but also ways to alter your own life as well as a theology to provide the foundation for such ecologically-inspired change.

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All Eastern churches gain right to ordain married men

Bishop David Motiuk

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop is elated the Vatican has lifted the ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territory. But Bishop David Motiuk says the lifting won't have a major impact on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Ukrainian Catholic bishops in Canada have been ordaining married men to the priesthood since the early 1990s, Motiuk said. In fact, most priests in the Edmonton Eparchy who don't belong to a religious order are married.

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Come and See weekend uncovers growing interest in priesthood

Francis Tesalona and Matthiew Gratton

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Luke Tamayo has been thinking about the priesthood for years. But before making a decision, the 28-year-old St. Albert architect wanted to meet other people who felt called to serve the Lord as priests. "I wanted to meet the full spectrum of people who feel like me," Tamayo said in an interview. On Nov. 21 Tamayo came to a Come and See retreat at St. Joseph Seminary and found plenty of company – 14 others who were pondering the same question.

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Two children's views of Christmas

Picture by Jake Mangio

December 15, 2014

More than 150 children in the Evergreen Catholic School Division entered the district's fourth annual Christmas artwork contest. Here are two of the entries.

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A vast far-flung nation of the hungry

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December 15, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

I've lived in Toronto most of my life, studied in New York and my beautiful wife is from São Paulo. I have also visited London, Paris, Rome, Beirut, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jerusalem and Nairobi. All of these places are famous in some way for their food. But my most unforgettable meal was about 15 years ago in a village whose name I can't remember. It was in the hilly interior of Nicaragua, in a school building that had lost its roof, windows and doors to a hurricane that had flattened the village.

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Catholic who knew his faith stumped a Bible thumper

December 15, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Catholic apologist Tim Staples used to love stumping Catholics with Bible verses when he was a Pentecostal. Then he met a Catholic who stumped him. Speaking in Ottawa Dec. 6, the director of apologetics and evangelization for Catholic Answers said he used to think, "You have to be brain dead to be Catholic." Raised a Southern Baptist, Staples joined the Assemblies of God as an adult. He became especially fond of Bible verses he called "zingers" that he believed proved the Catholic faith was wrong.

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N.S. priest's frustration spurs Catholic sponsorship program

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December 15, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

What Father Pat Cosgrove started in anger is ending in communion. Chalice, the Catholic Canadian child sponsorship agency, has matured into a real partner to help feed poor communities in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Haiti and Ukraine. In Kenya, Chalice has launched a program that gathers small groups of people into support communities where they can learn to farm better and receive outside help to put what they learn into action. The program is called eRoots. It provides resources and training to help communities grow their own food and develop sustainable small farms. So far in Kenya, 165 "community development groups" have been helped, which translates into about 9,600 people working towards self-reliance.

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