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[Pinned] VIDEO: Chief Littlechild and Archbishop Smith's Statement on Kamloops and Reconciliation

Chief J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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Sept 16, 2021 Update: Temporary COVID Measures for Archdiocese of Edmonton

On Sept. 15, the Alberta government declared a local state of public health emergency. COVID cases and hospitalizations are increasing, putting extreme pressure on the health system. The Alberta government has mandated new, temporary measures to curb the spread of COVID. 

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VIDEO: Memories of 1984 Papal Visit in Edmonton

September 16 marks the anniversary of St. John Paul II's Papal Visit to Edmonton in 1984. 

In this video Fr. Paul Kavanagh, rector of St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica, recalls his memories of this historic event.

Between both his visits to Edmonton (as Cardinal Wojtyła in 1969), the saint visited Holy Rosary Polish Parish, St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica, Elk Island National Park, Namao Air Force Base, Mission Hill, Grey Nuns' Centre, and celebrated Mass under the Dove of Peace which was moved to its current location in Gallagher Park.

The Holy Father also blessed a cross which stood in Fort Edmonton Park until the recent renovations.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) - Sept. 30

Unlike other holidays, the NDTR is not just a day off from work. Instead it is very much a day when we encourage our whole Catholic community to take up the work of prayer and reflection, of learning and listening, of reaching out and reaching forward toward a new relationship of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples of this land.

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September 19 at 10:30 a.m. – 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, from St. Joseph Basilica

We invite you to worship safely in person (following current COVID-19 restriction) or online. We livestream the celebration of the Mass from St. Joseph Basilica to your TV, computer or mobile device several ways:

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Mandatory masking required in parishes and Archdiocesan facilities

The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has made the decision to mandate masks in all indoor public facilities until further notice.

 

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Pope: Men and women are equal in Jesus

During his general audience Sept. 8, Pope Francis said that women and men are equal in Jesus.

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Videos cover the positions taken by major federal parties on Catholic issues

The group catholicconscience.org has shared videos from a Catholic virtual major-parties forum for the upcoming 
Monday, September 20 federal election. The videos feature representatives from Canada's Liberal, Conservative, and New Democratic Parties answering questions on key issues from the perspective of Catholic social teaching.

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Indigenous relations, COVID recovery among faith groups' top election issues

True and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians, a “just” economic recovery from COVID, action on climate change, and a country that welcomes refugees and immigrants are among issues Catholic and other faith-based organizations want to be addressed in the federal election debates.

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Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick pleads not guilty; two more lawsuits filed

Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick pleaded not guilty Sept. 3 in a Massachusetts court, where he is facing three counts of sexually assaulting a teenager in the 1970s.

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