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Undeserved mercy brings joy, says Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins

July 11/25, 2016

We should be gracious to other people as God is gracious to us, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. "What a better world it would be if we were all more gracious to one another," he told hundreds of Catholics at Lac Ste. Anne July 1. "Mercy is profoundly important in our life in Christ. It is a thing of which we all have need." Collins, a former archbishop of Edmonton, was one of several speakers who addressed the Catholic Family Life Conference on the theme of mercy.

God wants us to share in divine life – theologian

Matthew Leonard

July 11/25, 2016

The goal of this life is divinity, says theologian Matthew Leonard. As Christians, we want to reach a state of grace to "become partakers of the divine nature of God." "God, in this unprecedented act of love and mercy, offers us a share of who he is," Leonard said at the 21st annual Family Life Conference at Lac Ste. Anne. "We don't become omnipotent or omnipresent, but God offers us the ability to incorporate ourselves into his family. Through grace we become what he is. That's your dream and destiny, provided you accept it."

Canada Post foils even the best laid plans

July 25, 2016

You shouldn't always believe what you hear or read in the news. Even journalists - especially journalists - know that. Yet, since the formation of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in 1965, you could count on a work stoppage every few years. In fact, there have been 20 strikes, rotating strikes, lockouts and other ways that the mail has ground to a halt over those 51 years. So, when Canada Post said it was going to lockout its workers on Friday, July 8, who were we to doubt it, even though the union had said it didn't want a strike?

Church needs media to ‘market its product,’ says entrepreneur

July 25, 2016

The Church – from individual parishes to the Vatican – needs to collaborate with highly skilled specialists if it wants to get serious about evangelization, said a Canadian media, design and marketing entrepreneur. While Church leaders should turn increasingly to lay experts, lay Catholics should “step up a lot more in our parishes and our dioceses,” offering their expertise, Matthew Harvey Sanders told Catholic News Service July 14. The 34-year-old Toronto native is founder and managing director of Longbeard Creative, a web and graphic-design company that works with nonprofits.

Ont. law society infringement on religious liberty upheld

July 11/25, 2016

Religious freedom advocates are troubled by a June 19 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upholding the Law Society of Upper Canada's refusal to accredit the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU). The appeal court ruled that although the law society's decision infringed on the right to religious freedom, that discrimination was justified.

Kasun to be ordained a bishop on Sept. 12

July 11/25, 2016

The episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Robert Kasun will take place Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. Kasun, pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus and St. Clare parishes, has been appointed auxiliary bishop to the archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Deacons urged to hear cry of the poor

july 15, 2016

In a moving celebration at St. Joseph's Basilica July 9, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith ordained four men to the permanent diaconate. He also ordained seminarian Roger Niedzielski to the transitional diaconate, the final phase of his preparation for the priesthood. After serving as a deacon for a year, Niedzielski will likely be ordained a priest. The four new permanent deacons are professional men with extensive ministry experience in their parishes. They just completed a four-year formation program and were ordained for the service of the Word, altar and charity.

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July 6, 2016

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Muslims, Catholics build bridges at Ramadan ritual meal

July 11, 2016

Time and again one heard a familiar refrain from dinner tables at the Catholic-Muslim dinner held at Providence Renewal Centre June 28: "Building bridges." The event was an iftar, the ritual meal that is held at the end of each fasting day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Two hundred Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths came together to meet each other, and discover the meaning of the tenets of each others' faiths. By doing that, they, as was said many times during the evening, were building bridges.

Syrians escape turmoil, happy to receive a Canadian welcome

Pascal Zafar and daughter Selena

July 11, 2016

Matilda Alber and husband Pascal Zafar underwent many challenges back in Syria. Pascal was kidnapped, Matilda's brother was also kidnapped and the couple's two pharmacies were destroyed by bombing. Life was unbearable. So the couple packed what they could and left for Lebanon only to learn that Christians like them are not welcome in the refugee camps. All that is over now, and Matilda and Pascal wear pleasant smiles and seem happy. They have been in Edmonton since October, all thanks to the Sisters of Providence who sponsored them.