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ACSTA backs report urging teaching excellence

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association has thrown its support behind the provincial government's controversial Task Force for Teaching Excellence. In a May 16 press release, the ACSTA said it is encouraged that the taskforce made a commitment to excellence in teaching and school leadership its key "outcome." It also lauded Alberta Education for its collaborative approach to gathering reaction to the taskforce from all involved stakeholders.

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Feehan honoured for defending Catholic education

Kevin Feehan

June 9, 2014
CATHY JAMES
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Kevin Feehan not only lives his Catholic faith, but he integrates it into his professional life as well. A lawyer living in Edmonton, Feehan has consistently given back to the Catholic education community for three decades. His dedication to working to ensure Canadians have fair and proper access to Catholic education is why he was nominated and awarded the 2014 Justice James Higgins Award. The CCSTA's Higgins Award is presented annually in memory of Canadian Catholic school trustee and jurist, the Hon. Justice James Higgins.

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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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Scripture, Tradition flow from the one source of revelation

June 23, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Seemingly miniscule changes in wording can hide major shifts in understanding. So it was when the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) spoke of "Tradition" in comparison with "traditions" referred to in the teaching of the 16th century Council of Trent. The shift from the plural to the singular and from a small "t" to a capital "T" augured a significant shift in Church teaching. For Joseph Ratzinger, this was but one sign in Dei Verbum indicating that Tradition had come to mean something quite different than the strict "passing on" of unchanging truths and laws inherited from the past.

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