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Congregation of Faith rules roost in Vatican

May 30, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - As two recent documents illustrate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican.

Although it has fewer than 50 employees, including ushers and receptionists, whatever any Vatican office does or says having to do with faith and morals is a matter that falls under the congregation's gaze.

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St. Mary's takes message of faith to Ukraine

Linda Dudar

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CALGARY - Teaching is a vocation because teachers educate God's most precious gift.

That was an important message professors from St. Mary's University College in Calgary delivered to their counterparts in Ukraine recently.

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Over 50 years, Gartner has seen lots of changes

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WAINWRIGHT - After five decades of priesthood, Father Len Gartner is still grateful God chose him to look after his flock.

"Being a priest is the deepest privilege," says the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish. "It's a privilege I haven't fully grasped yet. I'm still trying to understand the great gift, the wonder of the gift."

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Archdiocese announces appointments of priests

May 30, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Appointments of priests for the Edmonton Archdiocese. All appointments take effect Aug. 17, unless otherwise indicated:

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Saints are heroes who live the Beatitudes — Rosica

May 30, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Pope John Paul II canonized or beatified many saints because he knew "the world needed heroes," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica told priests and lay people gathered for a pastoral day May 19.

What Pope John Paul did was present "a lot of people who look like us," Rosica said. "They became an invitation to others to be like them."

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Slave Lake pastor yearns to build community of hope

May 30, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SLAVE LAKE - St. Peter's Catholic Church in Slave Lake survived the wildfire that destroyed a third of the town, says Father Joseph Jeyapaul Packiasamy.

Packiasamy, a native of India and pastor for the past three years, said when evacuees are able to return to the town of 7,000, he plans to work with other Christian pastors to "try to build a community of hope."

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Marking your X is just the beginning

Bob McKeon

May 23, 2011

We had our latest federal election on May 2. The Conservative Party under Stephen Harper won a majority after several years of minority governments. Almost certainly, the next federal election will not occur for another four years.

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Are 'Go tell' said at the well and 'Go' at the end of Mass linked?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

May 23, 2011

In the Gospels, the women searching for Jesus in the tomb are told: "Go, tell." At the end of Mass, the priest says: "Go." Is there any connection?

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Ultrasound's image saves unborn lives

Mark Pickup

May 23, 2011

The city council of Rockford, Ill., was recently asked to vote on whether to allow a mobile ultrasound van to park near a local abortion clinic. It would offer free ultrasound services to women about to enter the Northern Illinois Women's Center.

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Let your voice ring out with love for the Lord

John Connelly

 

May 23, 2011
Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 29, 2011

Psalm 66 says, "All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name." Can you and I imagine what this would look like? All the earth worshiping and praising the Lord in song. People of every race, creed and nation giving unhindered glory to God.

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