Friday, May 2, 2014

Nuncio hails new saints

Archbishop Bonazzi urges embrace of St. John XXIII's spirit of kindness
Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, apostolic nuncio to Canada, in Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum April 27. Alistair Burns / The B.C. Catholic.
Nine thousand Catholics streamed into Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum April 27 to mark an iconic event in the Church's history: two Popes canonized on the same day. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, said Mass during the celebration of the canonization of Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II, and first- and second-class relics were present. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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U.S. urged to act before South Sudan violence becomes genocide
In their trademark blue helmets and wearing face masks to ward off disease, UN soldiers patrol a camp for internally displaced families at a UN base in Juba, South Sudan. The camp holds Nuer families who took refuge there in December 2013 after a political dispute within the country's ruling party quickly fractured the young nation along ethnic and tribal lines. CNS photo / Paul Jeffrey.
Describing reports of atrocities coming out of South Sudan, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) called Wednesday for immediate action to prevent a massive genocide in the country. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Pledge to resettle refugees from Syria not being fulfilled
Debris is seen inside a badly damaged church in the Monastery of Mar Sarkis in the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, April 14, after soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad took control of it from rebel fighters. CNS photo / Khaled al-Hariri, Reuters.
There's little chance Canada will fulfill a pledge to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees before the end of 2014, said the director of the Office of Refugees in the Archdiocese of Toronto. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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