Friday, January 23, 2015

Priest from U.S. served in Japan for 20 years

Father Angelo De Pompa later ministered to Sechelt Indian Band
BCC file photo from 1985.
He served the faithful on the Sunshine Coast, learned the basics of Japanese in six months, and received a papal blessing for his 50th anniversary of ordination. For
full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis: Philippines' 500 years of Christianity can inspire more good
An aerial view shows pilgrims gathering for Mass in Rizal Park Jan. 18. Despite rain there was a record 6-7 million participants. The view shows only a portion of the Mass site, which a local church official said was more than a mile long. Philippine Air Force / Handout via Reuters / CNS.
Pope Francis praised Filipino Catholics' strong faith and challenged them to continue to let the Christian message bear fruit, noting the upcoming 500th anniversary of Christianity's arrival in Philippines. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Joy Smith not running again in order to fight human trafficking full time
MP Joy Smith has not to run again in the next federal election so she can devote full time to fighting human trafficking in Canada. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trio sings for Seahawk Super Bowl triumph

'So it's gonna be a repeat, Pats are gonna go down in flames'
Arielle Tuliao (left) and Marie Hui sing "Blank Space," a song for the Seattle Seahawks.
(Photo capture from Youtube.)
Clay Imoo, the director of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office, is a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan. To cheer on his team, Imoo has teamed up with Marie Hui, and Arielle Tuliao.

The trio have released a Taylor Swift parody song, called “Blank Space.” To watch the music video, click here.

Clay Imoo (right) provides backing vocals for "Blank Space."
The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 between the ’Hawks and the New England Patriots.

STOP – Pope Francis sends old school telegrams

On papal plane, Pontiff transmits to Russian, Filipino, Chinese heads of state
Pope Francis chats with reporters flying from Manila to Rome Jan. 19, 2015. Photo credit: Alan Holdren / CNA.
While the Vicar of Christ recently brought his fresh enthusiasm to Sri Lankans and Filipinos, he relied on a far more old school technology to say a diplomatic "hello" from on board the papal plane.

During his return flight from Manila to Rome, the Pope sent telegrams (yes, they still exist!) to Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chinese president Xi Jinping, and others.

Courtesy of Vatican Radio, here are a few of the messages:



                                                                                                                 FRANCISCUS PP

Fun fact: Samuel Morse, who invented the Morse code, sent the first telegram from Washington to Baltimore in 1844. His message: WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?

Estate planning promoted

Workshops to advise on end-of-life issues
Writing wills and making burial plans can be complicated, awkward tasks, but an upcoming series of free workshops aims to make them easier. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Big families bring hope, not poverty: Pope Francis
Pope Francis touches a lamb after a blessing to mark feast of St. Agnes at the Vatican Jan. 21. The wool from two lambs blessed by the Pope will be used to make the palliums the Pontiff gives each June to new archbishops from around the world. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters.
Pope Francis rejected the "simplistic" belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Bishop Gendron takes part in annual visit to Holy Land
Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Que., looks through a fence at the Cremisan Valley from the Salesian Sisters' convent in Beit Jalla, West Bank, Jan. 13. Bishop Gendron was part of the Holy Land Coordination visit for bishops from Europe and North America. CNS photo / Debbie Hill.
A Canadian bishop who travelled to Gaza with the annual Holy Land Coordination visit to Middle East Jan. 11-12 says fear is the biggest obstacle to mutual recognition of human dignity. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nigerian bishop calls for Western help

Locals won't defeat Boko Haram alone, cardinal adds
A girl displaced as a result of Boko Haram rests her head on a desk at a camp for
internally displaced people in Yola Jan. 13. (Photo: Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters / CNS)

Terrorist organization Boko Haram has killed 1,000 Catholics and displaced another 70,000 in Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme's diocese of Maiduguri. He's asking for outside help to defeat the terrorists.
"The West should bring in security - land forces - to contain and beat back Boko Haram," he told Aid to the Church in Need.
Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja added that the Nigerian government "continue(s) to do nothing" to curb the violence. Read more from Catholic News Service.

Prayer to end Human Trafficking released

Pope Francis calls it a 'crime against humanity'

The Archdiocese of Vancouver will join Pope Francis in prayer against human trafficking Feb. 8, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. She was born in southern Sudan in 1869 and kidnapped and sold into slavery as a young girl; her feast day has become a day to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Find out what the archdiocese is doing on that day here. Corpus Christi Parish will also show a documentary about prostitution Jan. 31.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange suggest these prayers:

Cedar Springs Club about to take off

Fathers and sons will get chance to bond over shared love of flight

Bernard Leslie, 8, takes control of a 1946 Fleet Canuck airplane at the Abbotsford International Airport. His grandfather, Joe, hopes the new flying club will inspire fathers and sons to grow closer. Maxine Leslie / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
A new aviation organization will take off Jan. 31. The group, Cedar Springs Father and Son's Club, will offer aviation information along with life lessons for dads and their boys ages 9 to 13. For
full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Manila to Rome

Pope Francis reacts to questions from Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield about the September U.S. papal visit during a news conference aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome Jan. 19. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 19 flight from Manila to Rome concluding his Asian pilgrimage, Pope Francis discussed what he learned from Filipinos; his upcoming trip to Philadelphia and other US cities; how one can be a responsible parent without resorting to birth control; the colonization of gender ideology; and the possibility of a papal trip to Africa. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Unitatis Redintegratio celebrates 50 years
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Clementine Hall at the Vatican. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism Unitatis Redintegratio, observers see hopeful signs for ecumenism and interfaith dialogue under Pope Francis. For
full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conference will empower B.C. educators

Catholic Educators' meeting to be held Feb. 12-13
Loyola professor emeritus Robert Wicks, a psychologist and author, will teach principals and teachers how to avoid stress on the job during the conference. Photo submitted.
It's hard to be a Catholic teacher these days, according to psychologist and educator Robert Wicks. For full story  see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope: 'Responsible parenthood' doesn't mean artificial birth control
Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Manila, Philippines, to Rome Jan. 19. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Pope Francis backed Blessed Paul VI's teaching against birth control and urged openness to life, but reminded couples that "responsible parenthood" does not require them "to be like rabbits" in order to be good Catholics. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Media-savvy order turns 100
Two Daughters of St. Paul look at a book on an e-reader at one of their 13 bookstores in North America. CNS photo / Nancy Wiechec.
The Daughters of St. Paul are celebrating their 100th anniversary. The order was made for media: their work spans print, broadcast, and the Internet. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Growing ministry makes migrants feel welcome

Parish volunteers reach out to seasonal farmers, immigrants, and temporary foreign workers
A volunteer hands out Christmas gifts during a dinner for migrants at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Dec. 20. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Thousands of migrants work as farmers or caregivers in B.C. to support their families in other countries. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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What threatens families? Redefining marriage, Pope says
Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with families in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines, Jan. 16. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Warning that "every threat to the family is a threat to society itself," Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Young adults gather to 'Revive This Generation'
Carissa Benavides (left) and Adriana Viale, Catholic Christian Outreach members, deliver Bibles to the Rise Up conference in Calgary. The annual event encourages young adults ages 18-35 in their faith. Laura Jensen / Special to the B.C. Catholic.
The bishop of Calgary, a professional football player, and 670 young adults rang in 2015 with a national conference and a New Year's bash. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Staff recall history of John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Historic building on 15O Robson Street witnessed important moments, made film appearances
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, holds a meeting with more than 70 parish secretaries in the large meeting room Oct. 17, 2012. BCC file photo.
The headquarters of the archdiocese have stood in the midst of bustling business people, football enthusiasts, and panhandlers for more than 50 years. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis bids farewell to Sri Lanka; Philippines up next
Sri Lankan boys participate in the departure ceremony for Pope Francis at the international airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 15. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Pope Francis departed from Sri Lanka for the Philippines Jan. 15 morning after an eventful trip to the island country. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Memorial Blanket a massive art installation
Dr. Blair Stonechild, a professor at the First Nations University of Canada, examines the Memorial Blanket put together by artist and master carver Carey Newman. Frank Flegel (Prairie Messenger).
"The most poignant artifact for me are the braids," said Dr. Shauneen Pete, as she explained the meaning of the Memorial Blanket art work set up along a wall in the University of Regina's Research and Innovation Centre Atrium. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Archbishop fields questions about new building

Old building was totally handicap-inaccessible
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, breaks ground at the new location for the John Paul II Pastoral Centre Aug. 29, 2013. The centre will contain offices, a chapel, meeting rooms, and nine suites for retired priests. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
The archbishop says it's time to move out of the former electrical warehouse that the archdiocesan offices have called home for more than 50 years. Within the next three months, the John Paul II Pastoral Centre will pack up and move south to a shiny new location near 33rd Avenue and Willow Street in Vancouver. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope on Charlie Hebdo: don't kill in God's name, but don't insult faith
In response to a French reporter's question about freedom of religion and freedom of expression, the Pope offered a hypothetical example of how Alberto Gasparri, left, the papal trip planner, would receive a punch if he said a swear word against the Pope's mother. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
During an in-flight press conference Jan. 15 Pope Francis spoke on the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, saying that freedom of expression has limits, but no one has the right to kill in the name of God. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Archbishop Fournier of Rimouski dies suddenly
Pope Benedict XVI greets Archbishop Pierre-Andre Fournier of Rimouski, Que., after presenting a pallium to him during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in June 2009. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano.
Archbishop Pierre-Andre Fournier of Rimouski died suddenly Jan. 10 in hospital, shortly after losing consciousness and being taken to hospital by ambulance. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pastoral centre construction faced many challenges

Some of the ground was unstable; spill gates, canals, and retention tank used to collect rain water
To meet the challenge of excessive rainfall, the labourers of Ventana Construction Corp. built a water retention tank in July 2014 and buried it underneath the work site. After the rainwater was collected, it was pumped into a treatment tank, then transferred to the city's storm drain. Dan Aird / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
Despite years of meticulous planning, the work site at 33rd Avenue and Willow Street provided a unique challenge for hard-hatted labourers. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis's full homily on Jan. 14
Dancers wearing traditional garb perform during the canonization of St. Joseph Vaz in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 14. CNS photo / Anto Akkara.
Pope Francis on Jan. 14 canonized the 17th century priest Joseph Vaz during Mass at the Galle Face Green in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo. St. Joseph Vaz is the first canonized saint from Sri Lanka. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Mary Wagner's opposition to abortion lands her in prison again
The activist plays with children at a Gdansk preschool run by Benedictine nuns. Photos submitted.
On Dec. 23, Mary Wagner, 40, deliberately violated the law by entering a Toronto abortion facility armed with roses and pregnancy-help information cards. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Archdiocesan offices to move south to Cambie area

New structure at the corner of Willow St. and W. 33rd Ave. will include a retired priests' residence
The John Paul II Pastoral Centre at Willow Street and West 33rd Avenue will cost about $25 million. Paul Schratz, communications director, said it made sense to move, because of the "cost of downtown land and the parking situation." Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
After a decade of conversations and long-term planning, the Archdiocese of Vancouver's offices will soon move out of the downtown core and into a new building near Queen Elizabeth Park. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis welcome in Sri Lanka
Pope Francis and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visit in a presidential office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis's arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the "miracle" of a smooth transition was due in large part to the Pope's visit which began Jan. 12. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Groups welcome commitment to bring in additional 10,000 Syrian refugees
Pope Francis meets with young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq a few hours after joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to denounce the plight of Christians there. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano.
Aid groups are welcoming the federal government's Jan. 7 commitment to take in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 more Iraqi refugees. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Richmond parish to show Red Light Green Light

Prostitution documentary screening set for tonight
A film that reveals the perils of sex trafficking will be shown at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish gymnasium tonight, Jan. 12. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women's League, and the archdiocesan Service and Justice Office.

Red Light Green Light will also be shown at Corpus Christi Parish Jan. 31. Both showings will be followed by a discussion on what Catholics can do.

The documentary was filmed across 10 countries and includes testimonies from former prostitutes.

Different flocks to share pews

Annual eight-day event will bring together followers of Christ
Religious leaders meet with Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, after a Mass celebrating the ministry of Pope Francis in April 2013. People from many faiths will come together Jan. 18-25 for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. BCC File Photo.
A Catholic convert's crusade of prayer is expected to bring together church groups across the Lower Mainland for a week in January. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, arrives in procession for the dedication of the new building at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Jan. 6. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome, calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Students reach out with knitting project
Grade 7 students from St. Luke Catholic School in Saskatoon tie scarves they made as part of a class project to a tree near Saskatoon Friendship Inn, for anyone who might need some extra warmth. Photo by Colleen Doepker.
Grade 7 students from St. Luke School in Saskatoon recently expanded a classroom knitting project to include those in need in the city's core neighbourhood. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Youth raise awareness for vocations with new play

Performance's script centres on the value of World Youth Days and Pope John Paul II's legacy
The cast of One Voice, One Heart, One Spirit perform at St. Mary's Parish in Vancouver Dec. 6. A total of 600 audience members attended two performances. Photo submitted.
Seven friends became inspired to live their vocations as priests, religious, and spouses after World Youth Day in the Philippines. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Haitian amputees to lace up soccer cleats on Rome sports field
Wilfrid Macena, an amputee who is a member of the Tarantulas soccer team in Haiti, speaks alongside his teammates during a press conference at the Knights of Columbus 129th annual convention in Denver Aug. 1. CNS photo / courtesy Knights of Columbus.
Five years after the island of Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, three young amputees will have the opportunity to play soccer in Rome through the help of the Knights of Columbus. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Sister honoured for work leading women's shelter
Domestic violence happens in too many homes, says someone who deals with this tragedy. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Manila prelate prepares for papal visit

Cardinal Luis Tagle reflects on Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila. (Photo credit:
The Church's top prelate in the Philippines is excited about Pope Francis coming to town. In an wide-ranging interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Luis Tagle remembers his first glimpse of a Pontiff in person:

Vatican Radio: It’s 45 years since the visit of Paul VI and it’s 20 years since that of John Paul II. Back in 1970 there was a young man of 13 years old craning his head over the crowd trying to catch a glimpse of the Man in White. What do you remember about that visit of Paul VI?
Cardinal Tagle: The Philippines was just recovering from a typhoon
at that time and my memories are still vivid of trees that had been denuded,
no leaves at all, streets that were cleaned up hastily for the coming of the 
Pope, roads that had been paved again, etc… 

So just like this visit of Pope Francis, the Philippines had been 
recently ravaged by a typhoon. And the people were enthusiastic. 
They received Paul VI like a Grace from Heaven. And Paul VI made sure 
that he went to the poor also: he visited the poor families in the district 
of Tondo in Manila, known for being one of the poorest sections of 
the metropolitan area. And they still remember that visit. 

When I went to the parish for a feast-day, the parish priest and the leaders 
pointed out to me where the house Paul VI visited used to stand. 

When the Pope visits, memories and images and the effects of that 
visit are still there after 45 years.

Surrey Six murders challenged a mother's faith

Eileen Mohan, whose 22-year-old son was killed in a gang hit, begged God for a miracle
Eileen Mohan had a close relationship with her 22-year-old son Christopher, who was killed across the hall from their Surrey apartment in 2007. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
A mother's faith was shaken to the core after her son was shot dead in 2007 in B.C.'s worst gang murder case. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope hails motherhood as 'antidote to individualism'
Pope Francis blesses a woman as he meets Auschwitz concentration camp survivors during his his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano via EPA.
During his Jan. 7 general audience, held in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis lamented that mothers are often under-appreciated. He said they are key players in countering an individualistic, self-centred society. Forfull story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Clowns visit Pope Francis

Holy Father calls performers 'creators of beauty'
Members of the Golden Circus perform during Pope Francis' general audience in
Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7 (Photo: Paul Haring / CNS)
Performers from the Golden Circus gave a show at Paul VI hall this morning during Pope Francis' general audience. The pope praised the performers' efforts.
"To think is the language of the mind; to love is the language of the heart; to do is the language of the hands. And all these three languages unite to make the harmony of the person. And there is beauty there... So often we forget beauty! Humanity thinks, feels, does but today it has great need of beauty."
A performer entertains Pope Francis at the Holy Father's general audience Jan. 7.
(Photo: Paul Haring / CNS)

Read a translation of his full address here.

Parish to learn about stewarding God's gifts

Conference to be held, aptly, at Good Shepherd Church
Julie Kenny
An upcoming conference will teach parishes to take their pulse and see how well they are doing when it comes to stewardship. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Frenzy foments over Francis's flight
Motorists drive by posters of Pope Francis in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 6. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines Jan. 15-19. CNS photo / Francis R. Malasig, EPA.
A priest on the papal flight for Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the Philippines said the country is anxiously awaiting the Pontiff and is anticipating his paternal closeness with those who suffer. For

full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Cathedral recognized for its stained glass windows
Sarah Hall's Lux Gloria stained glass windows are seen at twilight at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Photo by Sarah Hall Studios.
Canadian artist Sarah Hall recently received an award for her design of the solar stained glass in the spire of the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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