Faith comes from sight, but also from touch and hearing

June 29, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis' encyclical The Light of Faith (LF) obviously presents faith as a light which illuminates realities, enabling the believer to see and understand them. This light, the pope says, "is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence" (LF4). It is a light that does not come from ourselves because it is a light that shows us reality, not some figment of our own imagination.

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Powerful forces silencing beauty of God’s creation, pope says in encyclical

June 18, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, Laudato Si, on Care for Our Common Home. All who believe in God and all people of good will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation – including poor people – with respect and concern, he says.

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Edmonton parish mobilizes to offer refuge to refugees

A displaced Syrian girl
June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Last summer, St. Thomas More parishioner Eric Green was flipping through his Western Catholic Reporter when an article about Archbishop Richard Smith's call to parishes to sponsor refugees caught his eye. News of the persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq including beheadings, rapes, bombings, massacres and kidnappings had not yet been widely publicized. A goal set by the archdiocese to sponsor 50 refugees had gained little traction due to the summer lull, when many parishioners would be away on holidays. Green immediately picked up the phone and called Paulette Johnson, the refugee sponsorship coordinator for Catholic Social Services, asking her what an individual or parish could do.

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Every day a eucharistic procession

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The temperature soared to 27 degrees and the sun was shining on Corpus Christi Sunday June 7, but it was the Son who lit up the faces of the faithful taking part in the procession in downtown Edmonton. About half of the hundreds of parishioners who filled St. Joseph Basilica for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith took part in the outdoor procession which followed.

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Faith groups can help end child poverty, says former senator

Hugh Segal
June 15, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Former senator Hugh Segal is encouraging faith groups to use their collective voice to help put an end to child poverty in Canada. Although faith communities may not have the authoritative power of politicians, Segal said their voice is not to be underestimated.

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Former students, staff line up to laud Grandin School

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Grandin School, the oldest Catholic school still in operation in Edmonton, marked its centennial June 5 with a large outdoor party that included a barbecue, music from the 1930s, school tours, speeches and the unveiling of a huge mural. Roughly 500 people attended the celebration, many of them former students and staff.

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Homelessness due to poor housing policy — advocate

June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A simple service honouring those who died due to homelessness set a sombre tone for an Edmonton conference on the right to housing. On Friday, June 5, family, friends and members of the public gathered at an inner-city park to honour the lives of those who have died in the past year as the result of homelessness and substandard housing.

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Priests benefit from 'spiritual mothers'

Fr. Scott McCaig
June 15, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Though a recent study shows most Catholic priests are happy in their vocations, they face many challenges that could lead some to become disillusioned. "The demands on priests have grown exponentially in the last century," said Father Scott McCaig, general superior of the Companions of the Cross and chaplain to the Ottawa-based apostolate, the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests. McCaig was speaking to women in formation to become spiritual mothers of a priest. He outlined the challenges priests face to guide the women in their intercessory prayers.

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Cry out to the Lord that world will know his truth

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics have to proclaim the truth, says charismatic preacher Robert Valiante. "The truth needs to be proclaimed," Valiante said. "When was the last time you proclaimed it?" Speaking to about 700 people at a recent festival, he said Catholics have the right and the duty to evangelize. Valiante, a member of St. John Newman Parish in Scranton, Penn., was one of several evangelists who addressed Edmonton's first Shalom Festival at St. Theresa Church May 30.

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Media central to new evangelization

June 15, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a Catholic charismatic media ministry, Shalom Media aims to use all modern means of mass communication to bring the Gospel to the ends of the world. "Shalom is responding to the call of new evangelization by bringing the true beauty of life in Christ in three ways – TV (programs), print media and Shalom festivals across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe," said evangelist Jenson Joseph.

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