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Smith appeals again to parishes to sponsor refugees

Paulette Johnson

July 7, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishes have been slow to answer the archdiocese's call to sponsor refugees despite a recent plea from Archbishop Richard Smith. But Paulette Johnson, refugee sponsorship coordinator at Catholic Social Services, thinks it is simply bad timing. After all, it is summer and parishioners may be away on holidays. "I've had a couple of people who asked questions from a parish but I haven't had any parish (express interest in sponsoring a refugee yet)," Johnson said in an interview late last month.

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Many left behind as Alta. Economy expands, says archbishop

Archbishop Richard Smith

July 7, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The archbishop of Edmonton is calling for a "mobilization of compassion" to help Albertans left behind by the province's prosperity. Speaking at the annual meeting of Catholic Social Services June 26, Archbishop Richard Smith noted Alberta is undergoing an enormous mobilization of resources aimed at building up and expanding the economy.

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CSS honours outstanding volunteers

July 7, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Volunteers with Catholic Social Services who help the agency's clients by performing humble tasks with dedication and perseverance were honoured June 26. There was a woman who helps immigrants adjust to life in Canada, another who prepares meals for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, a man who helps immigrant refugee youth with their homework and a woman who has befriended an emotionally and behaviourally disturbed child.

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Priests enter bond of love

July 7, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a joyous celebration at St. Joseph Basilica, Archbishop Richard Smith ordained Kristopher Schmidt and Joachim Ostermann to the ministerial priesthood June 27. The standing-room-only congregation erupted in applause as Smith concluded the ordination ritual and welcomed the pair into the priestly fold. One by one, dozens of priests from across the archdiocese embraced the two new priests in a gesture of welcome and solidarity.

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Scripture, Eurcharist are food for Christians

July 21, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A key Protestant belief is the priority of Scripture. Catholics, while not denigrating Scripture, have held to the crucial importance of Christ's real presence in the Eucharist. The final chapter of the Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) raises the question of the relative importance of the two. It begins with the striking statement, "The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as it has venerated the body of the Lord" (DV 21).

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True leaders are in touch with their inner selves

Gordon Self

July 21, 2014

I hate drama. Admittedly, it sometimes comes with the territory given the clinical and operational realities of Catholic health care. But I subscribe to a preventative ethics strategy whereby through investing our energies in preventing ethical conflict we can spare much unnecessary drama and hardship, including moral compromise. One issue where this applies is the ethics of power.

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Aboriginal voices offer respect for creation

Bob McKeon

July 21, 2014

It is now over three months since the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event in Alberta. It was a time of listening and learning for both aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples. The theme of wisdom was chosen for the Alberta TRC event. One important aboriginal wisdom teaching is respect for all creation. The Alberta bishops in their ecology statement highlight the significance of this teaching: "We can learn much from the spiritual traditions of our aboriginal brothers and sisters which celebrate our kinship with the rest of creation and seek to strengthen the sacred circle of all creation."

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Poet's pen sealed reputations of greedy popes

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July 21, 2014

While Dante Alighieri was but a minor player in Italian politics of the late 13th century, it is through his Divine Comedy that the lasting reputations of many of the wealthy and powerful of that era have been framed. The pen may not be mightier than the sword, but its scribblings have more staying power. It is through the Divine Comedy that we see, for example, several popes of that era finding an everlasting home in hell because of their use of spiritual power to increase their temporal power and wealth.

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Be like a child and listen to God's word

Kathleen Giffin

July 21, 2014
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 3, 2014

Lately my three-year-old granddaughter and I have been having a conversation. It goes something like this: "Madi, you have to listen to your Mom, and do what she says. "If you want to have a happy day, then you need to listen. Your day will go better and you will get more of the things you want when you listen to your Mom."

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Gov't contempt for refugees drives mom to abort her baby

Lasha Morningstar

July 21, 2014

It was hitting 3 a.m. CBC radio kept me company. Half listening, my mind tackled a myriad of mini-problems. The man being interviewed on the radio raised his voice. I started to listen. Impassioned, at times strident, obviously a medical doctor, he told the interviewer the story of a patient. A legitimate refugee from Africa, mother of three children, she was joyfully expecting her fourth wee one.

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