Thursday, September 19, 2013

Archivists unearth forgotten stories of residential schools

Images reveal memories of picnics, sports games, band trips
Children enjoy ice cream at St. Mary's residential school in Mission, on the north bank of the Fraser River near what is now Fraser River Heritage Park. The school, run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Sisters of St. Ann, operated from 1863-1968. RCAV Archives.
Photos of distant childhood memories will be on display at this week's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event as Catholic archivists help provide a process toward healing. Albums of pictures of children in residential schools will be on display for anyone to view and copy during the reconciliation hearing on the PNE grounds Sept. 18-21. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pontiff says Church lives, 'suffers' for her children

"Dear brothers and sisters: today I wish to return to the image of the Church as our mother," Pope Francis told those gathered for his audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 18, "by reflecting on all that our earthly mothers do, live, and suffer for their children." For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Quebec values charter debate reverberates on Parliament Hill

Parliament's new session is to open in mid-October, but already federal politicians have been forced to respond to the controversial Parti Quebecois Charter of Quebec Values. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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