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Advent has begun, and with it the new liturgical year. But this first Sunday of Advent brought challenges for both ordained and lay Catholics as they got a feel for the new translation of the Roman Missal.
At St. Michael-Resurrection Church, Father Roger Keeler offered the blessing, "Lord be with you" during the Saturday evening, Nov. 26 Mass.
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EDMONTON – Imagine lighting between seven and 10 million candles at night. The light would be brilliant and bright. Now imagine extinguishing those candles, and how much darkness there would be.
That's how survivor Leonid Korownyk described the impact of the Holomodor, the villainous Ukrainian famine genocide of the 1930s, to elementary school students.
EDMONTON – The main reasons for women to stay in abusive relationships are money and housing.
That's why groups like Catholic Social Services make it their job to provide women with a housing option.
Sam Flynn is literally taking a stance against pornography. Since the spring, he's gathered a group of friends to stand outside a porn shop in Calgary and pray for an end to pornography. He calls his ministry Prayer at the Porn Shop.
"I think there aren't enough people saying this isn't good for your health or your relationship, this isn't love," said Flynn, a 25-year-old Mount Royal University business student.
EDMONTON – The importance of the new evangelization and the communion between the Church in Canada and the Holy See are two themes that emerge from the recent visit to Rome by a delegation of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
"It is fair to say concern for the new evangelization pervades everything," said Archbishop Richard Smith.
Domestic violence continues traumatizing women and children, especially in Alberta, which leads the provinces in domestic assault, homicide-suicide and stalking.
More than 12,000 abused women and children were residents in Alberta's shelters between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008. Around 14,000 women and children who sought shelter in that period were turned away. Shelters handed nearly 70,000 crisis calls in that same period.
EDMONTON – Birthright provides a listening ear for every pregnant woman facing a time of turmoil.
"We just need to listen to them, and find out what they want," said Pat Borgersen, a past director of Birthright Edmonton. "For the most part, women don't want to have an abortion."
Quebec Archbishop Gerald Lacroix believes it is a mistake to "mellow down the Gospel" to draw people.
Softening the message has nothing to do with the new evangelization, says the primate of Canada, though some people have tried to make the Gospel "sweeter" and "easier," telling people "it's not as difficult as you think" or "you don't have to convert completely."
EDMONTON – A night owl who would work until the wee hours, Father Camille Dozois was an accomplished scholar, professor and traveller who wanted to explore what the world had to offer.
A professor of moral theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dozois was also instrumental in setting up Newman Theological College, where he taught a variety of subjects.
EDMONTON – Almost 500 years ago, atop a hill in Mexico's Tepeyac desert, the Virgin Mary appeared to the simple peasant Juan Diego. She instructed him to build a church on the spot where they stood.
When a local bishop wanted proof of his vision, Diego returned to the hill and Mary appeared again. The lady told him to "Bring the roses behind you." He cut the roses from a nearby rosebush, and returned to the bishop, saying he had proof. When he opened his cloak, as well as the roses, there was an image of Mary imprinted on the fabric.