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Prison chaplains witness the right to religious freedom

Bob McKeon

December 17, 2012

One of the concerns raised in the Last Judgment scene in Matthew's Gospel is whether "when I was in prison you visited me."

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The deaf a reminder of the power of silence

December 17, 2012
(Following is Archbishop Richard Smith's homily at the Dec. 7 ordination of Father Matthew Hysell.)

This evening it escapes no one that we are the privileged witnesses of an historic moment in the life not only of this archdiocese but also of the Church in Canada. For the first time in our country, a man who is deaf is ordained to the ministerial priesthood.

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Pushing the envelope to give of ourselves

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

December 17, 2012

There is a moving story about a family's Christmas tradition that tells of a husband's aversion to receiving presents when so many in the community were in need.

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Catholic education battles secular push in today's society

John Acheson

December 17, 2012
JOHN ACHESON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The passage of a new Education Act by the Alberta Legislature affords the opportunity for the Catholic community to give pause and to reflect on the great gift of Catholic education that we have here in Alberta. This is a gift that gives the Catholic communities of Alberta the right to organize and run their own Catholic schools – and this with full funding from the province.

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Parents must be engaged in children's education

Paul Van Den Bosch

December 17, 2012
PAUL VAN DEN BOSCH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

RED DEER – Many Alberta Catholic parents have heard about the passing last month of Bill 3, the new Education Act. But I haven't seen much detail to answer the question: "What does it mean?"

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A holy night to remember

December 17, 2012
SHARON ESPESETH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As Canadians and northerners, we share many memories of cold winters. At Christmas time, I often reflect upon one particular evening of a prairie winter in the early 1960s. Though the frost was cruel that night, the reminiscence is warm.

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Vatican II Catholics have a spirituality rooted in the bible

December 17, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For many, perhaps most, Catholics, the most frequent place of encounter with the Bible is in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, that encounter was severely restricted. The Scripture readings at Mass were on a one-year cycle and most of the Bible, including most of the New Testament, was never proclaimed.

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CSS looks to the U.S. and finds leader with deep faith

Stephen Carattini

December 10, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholic Social Services has hired a man of deep faith as its new chief executive officer. He is Stephen Carattini, a New Yorker who spent 35 days walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain last summer trying to discern God's will.

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Benedict: Church organizations called to simplicity

December 10, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict has issued new rules to strengthen the religious identity of Catholic charities and ensure that their activities conform to Church teaching.

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Vatican applauds vote for new UN status for Palestine

December 10, 2012
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Vatican has praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.

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