Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ecumenical pioneer discusses challenges of unity

Sister Donna Geernaert and others speak at conference on 50th anniversary of Vatican decree
Marjeta Bobnar, coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and other participants join in prayer. Lorenzo Pierfederici / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
It's been 50 years since the publication of the Decree on Ecumenism and the launch of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Archdiocese of Vancouver celebrated the anniversaries by sponsoring a one-day conference at St. Francis Xavier Church called "Christian Unity: Have We Answered the Call?" For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Also newly posted:

Blessed Odoardo Focherini died a martyr
Survivor Juda Widaski, 96, poses for a picture in a tent on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27. Some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners participated in ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. CNS photo / Laszlo Balogh, Reuters.
As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Many solid pro-life MPs will not run in next election
Pro-life supporters take part in a National March for Life demonstration on Parliament Hill. Parliamentarians are not getting their message. CNS photo / Chris Wattie, Reuters.
As the October federal election approaches, a number of MPs who have played key roles in life, family, and social justice issues have said they will step down from federal politics. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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