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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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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."
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."
Appointments of priests for the Edmonton Archdiocese. All appointments take effect Aug. 17, unless otherwise indicated:
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."
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.
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.
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments pitting parental rights in the education of their children against Quebec's mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture program.
The case has raised alarms across Canada among Catholic educators, who fear that relativism is threatening the right to a truly Catholic education.
Bells rang, children sang, and dancers swayed at the buoyant celebration marking Catholic Social Services' first annual mission day on May 13.
The date was chosen because it is the birthdate of CSS founder the late Msgr. William Irwin.
FORT SASKATCHEWAN - The Fort Saskatchewan parish, Our Lady of the Angels, has a beautiful new rectory to house its two priests.
The one-storey structure located directly behind the church is more than 4,000 square feet and has all of the amenities needed for comfortable modern living.