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International priests get coached in Canadian ways through Enculturation Program

Father Gauthier describes it as a learning process that works both ways. “The adaptation is not only in one direction. The adaptation is for the priest, but the community also has to adapt.”

Scientists echo Pope's global warning

More than 15,000 scientists world-wide, including more than 500 Canadians, have issued a “Warning to Humanity” that parallels concerns raised by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’.

Beloved by Leduc students, Father 'Catfish' Mireau remembered with bench

“(Father) Mike was such a positive influence to myself and many other people. He was always available to talk and counsel during my adolescence and he helped me navigate my tough times.”

Bill 24: Parents, trustees, superintendents fear harm to parent-school relationships

Catholic critics say proposed law would diminish roles of local elected trustees and parents they represent.

MMIWG Inquiry witnesses cling to faith, hope for answers

“Nobody can tell me that my sister is less important than anybody. Try to explain that to her son.”

Theology of the Body offers answers to ‘hot-button issues’

“It teaches us how to grow up with all of our sexual struggles and problems. God doesn’t just love us when we were little kids. He loves us, with all of our sexual struggles, as we become adult men and women,” Burns said.

Alberta Bishops speak out for Catholic education and urge parishioners to do so too

“The calls to dismantle our publicly funded Catholic school system are growing ever louder, and we must not ignore them,” the bishops said in their statement to the Catholic community. 

Catholics and Lutherans mark 500th Anniversary of Reformation

“It’s more than an analogy; we are a real family,” said Archbishop Richard Smith

Election result won’t be challenged, but Catholic trustee eligibility remains an issue

“We need to find a way to make clear the eligibility around running for trustee.”

Keep section that protects religious services and clergy from obstruction say Canada’s bishops

“If you’re disrupting a religious service, you are causing a great deal of turmoil to a lot of people,” said Bruce Simpson, a criminal lawyer who accompanied the CCCB delegation. “It doesn’t matter why you’re doing it.”