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Jesuit led spiritual writer to become boundary dweller

Margaret Silf

July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jesus moves freely among his fellow men and women, with little regards for their religious practices or even their religious denominations. When Margaret Silf began to believe that, she felt free and started to live outside normal Church structures. She felt those structures were a box, which had become too uncomfortable. Silf is unquestionably a believer, a spiritual woman, but she is not married to "stale" structures.

Pope sends Bolen home to Regina

Archbishop Donald Bolen

July 25, 2016
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

After six years as bishop of Saskatoon, Donald Bolen was appointed archbishop of Regina July 11 by Pope Francis. The archdiocese has been without a bishop since the Jan. 15 death of Archbishop Daniel Bohan. Bolen will continue to serve as apostolic administrator in Saskatoon until his installation as archbishop of Regina this fall; the date has not yet been set.

Sask. Bishop opens eyes, heart to life on the street

Bishop Donald Bolen

July 11/25, 2016
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like. The bishop, who lives in an apartment in central Saskatoon, said the brief experience of living on the streets opened his eyes.

Ukrainian Catholics look to expand the role of women

Bishop David Motiuk

July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is reflecting on how to better integrate women into the life of the Church. At the invitation of Bishop David Motiuk, women have been studying the issue and submitting proposals. "We want a more prominent role within the Church because I think we can do more," says Jayne Buryn, chair of the Eparchial Pastoral Council, a mostly lay body that advises Motiuk.

Philippine priest has stirred faith via prison ministry

Fr. Sylvio Lacar

July 25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Sylvio Lacar is a man who, for the past 50 years, has nurtured not only his own faith, but also that of prisoners and parishioners. At the moment, he is doing pastoral work, saying Mass for parishioners at Ma-Me-O Beach. But before that, this native of the Philippines said the Lord directed him to the prison ministry.

Theologians call Church to confront roots of racism

July 25, 2016
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Father Bryan Massingale, a Milwaukee priest and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police. Massingale said that as a black man, he has occasionally been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught for 12 years, as he walked on campus when he wasn't wearing his priestly garb. It's a sign, Massingale told Catholic News Service, of the widespread racism entrenched in American culture.

Knights help renew memorial for JP2's walk in Elk Island

July 11/25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The path walked by a saint is being renewed in Elk Island National Park. Parks Canada and five councils of the Knights of Columbus are installing five commemorative panels and replacing the bench on which St. John Paul II sat when he spent an afternoon at the park in September 1984. A bench and plaque had once been installed years ago to honour the pope's visit to Edmonton. But years of harsh northern Alberta weather took its toll on the wood.

Liturgy official urges priests to 'face East'

July 25, 2016
COLLEEN DULLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Vatican's top official for liturgy is encouraging priests to celebrate Mass facing away from the congregation, but the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are foreseen. Cardinal Robert Sarah urged priests and bishops at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London July 5 to start celebrating Masses "ad orientem," or facing away from the congregation.

VatiLeaks verdict: journalists acquitted, monsignor sent to jail

July 25, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A Vatican court acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source, a Spanish monsignor, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered his ruling July 7, declaring that the court had no legitimate jurisdiction over Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The court found Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Francesca Chaouqui, a member of a former Vatican commission on its economic-administrative structure, guilty of having roles in leaking confidential documents about Vatican finances.

Catholic - Disciples of Christ dialogue discusses the Eucharist

July 11/25, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY - The Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue took place in Calgary June 17 to 22. The general theme for the present phase of dialogue is Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist. The Calgary sessions took place at the Faithful Companions of Jesus' Christian Life Centre. After an introductory meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in 2014, the commission approached the topics related to what it means to be formed by the Eucharist, including the structures of liturgies of the two churches and the significance of catechesis on the Eucharist.