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St. Dominic's 'family' sets out to encounter Christ in Kraków

May 2, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

World Youth Day is a family affair for the young pilgrims from St. Dominic Savio Parish in Edmonton. "Just over half the group is related to me, one way or another," said Kiara Smyth, 23, a leader of the group of 13 heading to this year's pilgrimage in Kraków, Poland. "I've got a big family." Spending time with her friends and relatives as they gear up for this year's WYD has been nice, said Smyth. But some young Catholics feel alone in their faith.

CWL raises its voice for forgotten ones

Mary Hunt

May 2, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The influential role of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in social action was affirmed at the recent 94th annual Edmonton archdiocesan convention. The theme for this year's convention, which took place April 22 to 24 at Holy Family Church in St. Albert, was With One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Be the Face of Mercy. Speakers, including Archbishop Richard Smith, who praised the CWL's ability to secure audiences with premiers and prime ministers, urged the sisters of the league to be the face of mercy, the eyes of mercy and the hands of mercy.

Learning the faith a life-long process

Susan Barylo

May 2, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catechesis, or the teaching of the faith, is a life-long process of initial conversion, formation, education, growing, reflecting, praying, learning, pondering and ongoing conversation. Its aim is to lead all God's people to an ever-deepening relationship with God. So says Susan Barylo, director of catechesis and faith formation for the Edmonton Archdiocese. She along with Kathleen Nguyen, director of sacramental education, led a catechist in-service at the Pastoral and Administration Offices April 23.

Elder says learning Cree traditions made her stronger

Elsie Paul

May 2, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

On her way to the Catholic Women's League Archdiocese of Edmonton convention, one of Elsie Paul's favourite songs came up on the radio. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," the Métis/Cree elder sang along. "I thought, 'Wow! What a good reminder!" said Paul, who spoke on the topic Be the Face of Mercy: Through our Indigenous Sisters with Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie. >"So there's lessons all the time, everywhere," she said.

Philippine Church outraged over beheading of Canadian

John Ridsdel

May 2, 2016
SIMONE ORENDAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Philippine Church officials expressed outrage and sadness over the beheading of a Canadian hostage in the restive southern part of the country. Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim separatist group, had threatened to behead two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina if their ransom demand of $8 million for each hostage was not met by an April 25 deadline. The Philippine military as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the decapitation April 25 of John Ridsdel, a former mining consultant from Calgary.

Food production methods inadequate for hungry world

May 2, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is among 26 NGOs in the Canadian Food Security Policy Group calling for Canada to help small family farms. "Our current modes of food production are not only contributing massively to climate change but are also inadequate for feeding a world facing a climate crisis," said Josianne Gauthier, Development and Peace's director of in-Canada programs.

Art opened hearts and minds alike

May 2, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeff Fidelak could hardly describe the joy he was feeling the night his artwork was on display at L'Arche Edmonton's Art From the Heart exhibit. "I feel just . . ." he started, finishing his sentence with a broad smile, "wonderful! Because everybody likes my art pieces. It makes me proud." The celebration of creativity by members of L'Arche Edmonton's day program took place April 22 and 23 at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

Carattini wants Spirit to abide within Catholic Social Services

Stephen Carattini

May 2, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Not a week goes by that Catholic Social Services' CEO Stephen Carattini doesn't visit one of the homes run by the agency in the Edmonton Archdiocese. During the visits he engages with residents and staff and also pays close attention to the quality of service and the physical condition of the residences. Over the last few years CSS has made a concerted effort to provide not only safe, secure and dignified spaces for its staff but also for the people it cares for.

New counselling program will heal through faith

May 2, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Catholic Social Services is starting a new counselling ministry for families and individuals. Mercy Counselling, as the ministry is called, will open its doors to the public June 1 at the agency's former central office, 8815-99 St. CEO Stephen Carattini described the new ministry as "a faith-informed counselling service where faith can be incorporated into the practice of psychotherapy."

Aleppo, Homs aid workers tell of immense suffering

May 2, 2016
SARAH MACDONALD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When the head of communications for an international Catholic charity visited Syria, it was not safe to go to Aleppo. So Sister Annie Demerjian, an Armenian religious sister from the city, traveled to visit him. Demerjian and her community provide emergency support to Christians and others living in the bombed-out remains of Aleppo. "She showed us photographs and told us individual stories," said John Pontifex, head of communications for Aid to the Church in Need in the United Kingdom.