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EDMONTON - The Canadian delegation to World Youth Day will be wearing a red and white soccer jersey designed and produced in Edmonton.
Erwin Fung, a volunteer with the Office of Youth Evangelization, designed the jersey and then made it available to dioceses across Canada. About 3,000 young Catholics from across Canada are expected to attend the Aug. 16-21 event in Madrid, Spain.
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Hundreds of excited young people in the Edmonton Archdiocese are getting ready for the journey of their lifetime.
Close to 500 young pilgrims from 30 different groups will be travelling to Madrid, Spain, in mid-August to take part in World Youth Day. Archbishop Richard Smith and a handful of priests will also take part in the youth event.
MADRID, SPAIN - World Youth Day organizers in Madrid are promising a "fiesta," adding a Spanish flavour to the traditional opportunities for prayer, friendship, music and religious education.
So far, more than 350,000 youths have registered for the Aug. 16-21 event, which Pope Benedict will attend. The figure included about 22,500 young people from the United States and 5,500 from Canada.
OTTAWA - When Father Hezuk Shroff thinks of his journey from the Zoroastrian faith to the Catholic Church, he thinks of the journey of the Magi.
Oral tradition holds that the Magi were Zoroastrian priests, Shroff said in an interview after his recent ordination.
TORONTO - As Canada's Jesuits remembered their first steps on North American soil and the welcome they received from Mi'kmaq people 400 years ago, the Mi'kmaq asked for a favour.
"Maybe it's time for the Mi'kmaq to ask for your help in preserving our language," Grand Keptin Antle Denny told three dozen Canadian Jesuits and about 100 guests.
ST. ALBERT — For Pam Melnyk, grandchildren are a treasure.
"My grandchildren enrich my life every day," says Melnyk. "They make me more selfless, and they make me think twice about values that I hold because I want to pass those values onto them."
Carrying placards and banners, people from across Alberta marched throughout downtown Edmonton to honour the baby in the womb.
Nearly 300 people, many of them young people and mothers pushing strollers, marched through the streets demanding protection for the unborn, the handicapped and other defenceless members of society.
EDMONTON — They spent hours at St. Joseph's Basilica adoring the Lord and praying for life. More than 100 people passed through the cathedral May 12 between 6:30 and 10 p.m. to pray for protection for the unborn and other defenceless members of society.
"(Lord) provide us with the resources to assist those whose lives are endangered by abortion, euthanasia, infanticide or any other means of destruction of and abuse," the congregation prayed.
EDMONTON — The Grey Nuns, Sisters of Providence, Faithful Companions of Jesus and other religious orders of women have been working in Alberta for more than 150 years, since well before Alberta was a province.
Sisters were responsible for active ministry in hospitals, schools, churches and isolated communities. Over the years, the roles of consecrated women have changed.
EDMONTON — Sister Veronica O'Reilly reassures her fellow sisters that the loss, pain and fear being felt by many religious orders today will take them somewhere better in its own good time. In other words, that which does not kill them will make them stronger.
"We trust that God has a future for us," O'Reilly told religious women gathered at the Council of Consecrated Women's spring assembly.