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You never know but if Pope Francis shows up in Edmonton, the credit should go to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Edmonton's northeast. The 264-student elementary school recently sent the beloved pontiff a video invitation to their school. Principal Kathy Dekker would love if the pope came but she would settle for a response from him by the end of June.
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As they did a year ago, thousands of Catholics across the Edmonton Archdiocese lined up to confess their sins to a priest March 18. Many were regular parishioners who can't find the time during regular hours to confess their sins and find forgiveness through the sacrament of Reconciliation.
REGINA – A tough on crime federal government and cuts to education programs within prisons have made prison life much tougher and hasn't helped prisoners get out of a life of crime. That was the principal message given March 10 to a group of Catholic Women's League and Knights of Columbus members at Holy Trinity Parish by Friends on the Outside (FOTO).
While there are thousands of photographic reproductions of the Shroud of Turin, the Shroud on display in Edmonton is unique in that it is among only a handful of reproductions authorized by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy, the custodians of the original Shroud. Ed Hecker, a retired teacher, visited the actual Shroud of Turin in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in northern Italy. He could not get close or even take photographs, so it was not as compelling as he had hoped.
As loud trains rolled past and announcements blared through the Grandin LRT station, about 100 people gathered inside the station to witness the unveiling of a new mural aimed at making amends with the past. The mural, in honour of Alberta's First Nations people, was unveiled at the station March 21. The artwork was created by aboriginal artist Aaron Paquette, who has been an advocate for native rights.
A common icon of conversion is the painting of Jesus standing at a person's front door. The image illustrates Revelation 3.20: "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me." Jesus gives the invitation and calls out to us, but it's up to each individual to decide whether to answer the door and let Jesus into his or her life, said Anne Driver, pastoral assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain.
John Paul II - A Saint for Canada. Written by Father Tom Rosica. 93 pages. Novalis
This examination of St. John Paul II's life is seen through the eyes and presence of Father Thomas Rosica, who states the intent of his treatise when he writes, "It is a spiritual reflection based on my own personal involvement with this amazing holy man and my experience at the heart of World Youth Day 2002 and since."
A man whose life was spared by chance in the killing fields of Cambodia is now a champion of school and church building projects in areas wounded by the Khmer Rouge rule. Reaksa Himm was a young teen living in the northwestern city of Siem Reap when he witnessed the deaths of 13 of his family members in 1977. He told his story at a City in Focus event March 14 while visiting Vancouver.
TORONTO – There's little chance Canada will fulfill a pledge to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees before the end of 2014, said the director of the Office of Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto. Yet amid reports that fewer than a dozen Syrian refugees have made it to Canada in the last eight months, Citizenship and Immigration insists it is still committed to bringing in 1,300 refugees from the surrounding countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
An icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the so-called Black Madonna, entered Canada March 17 as part of a worldwide pilgrimage in defence of human life. "Just as the Jews would bring the Ark of the Covenant with them into battle, so also we're bringing the icon into the battle against the culture of death and to build a culture of life," said Human Life International (HLI) vice president of missions Father Peter West.