From the monthly archives: December 2015

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Christian-Muslim dialogue needed on violence

Dexcember 21, 2015

Re: "Muslims are the first victims of Islamic terrorism." by Fr. Ron Rolheiser (WCR, Dec. 7). "Is Islam a religion of peace?", Cardinal Ratzinger answered, "Well, we can say that there are elements of peace within it." Rolheiser's column missed Pope Benedict's nuance.

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Christmas should be time for relationship with God

Dexcember 21, 2015

As Christmas approaches, I have been hunting for spiritual decorations as family gifts. It has been enlightening and a bit upsetting to find only a handful of items in any of the several stores through which my husband and I have searched. Of course, I have encountered a shocking number of references to the fact this "season" is all about the family and, no, they are not referring to the Holy Family.

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'Today' is the day of our liberation

December 21, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The story of Jesus and the Holy Spirit continues into the synagogue at Nazareth. At Jesus' baptism in the Jordan, the Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. After the baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness where he was tempted. Jesus' public ministry - at least in Luke's Gospel - is inaugurated when Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah in the Nazareth synagogue:

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Stained glass sees light again

December 7, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Divine intervention, says Alene Mutala, led to one parish's lost treasure sparking the transformation of a Sherwood Park high school into a building of faith. "I truly believe that it was the work of the Holy Spirit that was with me that day," Mutala said of her visit to the archdiocesan archives where she came upon the stained glass Stations of the Cross that had been salvaged from Edmonton's St. Pius X Church, closed in 2012.

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Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

December 7, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

With great joy and hope I write to you on the eve of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, established by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who will inaugurate it on Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In communion with the whole Church, our honouring of this year will commence with the blessing and opening of the "Holy Door" at St. Joseph's Basilica on the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 13, 2015. The jubilee will close on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016.

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Pope Francis sees Year of Mercy affecting Muslim, Jewish, Christian relations

From persecution to partnership

December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics and Jews have a lot in common, says Rabbi Daniel Friedman of the Beth Israel Synagogue. "There is more that unite us than what divides us. We are very fortunate to be able to sit here and share together our Judeo-Christian heritage." That's all thanks to Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions.

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Vatican II declaration opened doors to friendly interfaith relations

Fr. Lawrence Frizzell
December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - The Second Vatican Council made historic changes to Church policies and theology that have led to improved relations with other religions, especially the Jewish people. The publication in 1965 of Nostra Aetate, Latin for In Our Time, revolutionized the Church's approach to Jews and Judaism.

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Red Deer trustee chosen president of the ACSTA

December 7, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An experienced trustee and fervent supporter of Catholic education has been elected the new president of the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees' Association. Adriana LaGrange, a long-time trustee for Red Deer Catholic Schools, was elected ACSTA president at the association's recent general meeting in Edmonton.

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Synod highlighted beauty of marriage, Smith tells media

Archbishops Richard Smith
December 7, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Celebrate the beauty and joy of marriage. Too often, said Archbishop Richard Smith, society focuses on the glitches and tribulations of family life. The Edmonton archbishop made this comment during a teleconference interview with Catholic media representatives following his return from the World Synod on the Family in Rome.

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