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The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February of 2015 to strike down Canada’s existing laws prohibiting assisted suicide has opened a wide debate on the subject. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta make the following statement in order to express our deepest concerns with respect to the impact of the decision upon our fellow citizens of this province. The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who suffer and dying Albertans.
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Lent is the penitential season of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. Ash Wednesday - Feb. 10 this year - is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. During this season, Catholics are encouraged to pray, read Scripture, to fast and give alms. These observances are intended to help us to turn our hearts and minds to God.
He loved the country and the people, but couldn't stand the traffic. "My worst experience had to be the traffic," Archbishop Richard Smith recalls of his recent tour of southern India. "To be in the middle of it is an experience. You are flying along a highway at breakneck speed and they are coming at you from the opposite direction and there is everything on the road.
In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis writes of the throwaway culture that has propelled our common home into a climate crisis whose effects are felt primarily by the poor of the Global South. With that in mind, Development and Peace is inviting Catholics to join in its Share Lent campaign that focuses on the pope's encyclical.
In a significant turning point for the Church in Canada, the country's northernmost dioceses have shed their status as mission dioceses. The Vatican announced as of Jan. 25, it will no longer consider the six remaining mission dioceses, five of them in western and northern Canada, as mission dioceses.
The wait is over. Corpus Christi Parish held its first two Sunday Masses in its new $16-million church Jan. 31 and parishioners were overjoyed. At the end of the first Mass, Father Joseph Vadassery asked his congregation how they liked their new church. The people answered with cheers and applause. "It's beautiful and big; I like the big space because more people can fit into church," exclaimed Filipino-born Christine Aguila.
Thousands of Grade Eight students gathered to sing, pray, learn, laugh and celebrate what it means to be Catholic at the first annual Father Michael Mireau Youth Faith Day on Feb. 1. Mireau, the Edmonton Catholic Schools chaplain for whom the event was named in honour, would have gotten a kick out of the sight.
As in Luke's Gospel, St. Mark records Jesus' first public act after emerging from the desert as preaching in the Capernaum synagogue where his words met strong opposition. That, however, is where the similarity ends. Mark's Gospel is characterized by an abruptness; the scenes change quickly, and Jesus is a man in a hurry. Despite the rapid movement, the scenes are connected. There are patterns to the narrative, and each event is set in context.