Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pro-lifer is back behind bars

Linda Gibbons arrested outside Toronto abortion clinic
Linda Gibbons stands outside the Morgentaler Clinic in Toronto before being arrested Sept. 2.
(Photo: Peter J. Thompson / National Post).
Pro-life activist and grandmother Linda Gibbons has spent 10 years and seven months in jail, and she's been arrested again. Toronto police picked her up outside a Morgentaler Clinic earlier this month.
"When the sheriff showed up Wednesday to read the paperwork aloud three times, the forbidden conduct included 'impeding, interfering with, blocking and obstructing' clinic patients; 'distracting' or 'attempting to distract' or otherwise 'interrupting' the business of the clinic; 'supporting or condoning' actions that might interrupt the business.

I think you'd be hard-pressed to conclude Gibbons did any of that."
Read the full article about the arrest by Christie Blatchford at the National Post.

The latest update from LifeSiteNews says that Gibbons has been behind bars since that arrest and her case has been deferred to Oct. 6.

Assisted suicide worries Catholic doctors

Physician says giving a lethal dose is not how they want to 'treat' their patients
Ethicist Margaret Somerville (left) meets LifeCanada's Natalie Sonnen at the CHABC conference. "We need to take the white coat off euthanasia," Somerville said. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Health-care workers in this province are voicing concerns about the implications of assisted suicide for their professions. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope meets with victims of abuse
Becky Ianni of Burke, Va., and Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, both members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests demonstrate in front of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia Sept. 25. The Pope met privately with a group of survivors of sexual abuse in Philadelphia Sept. 27. CNS photo / Joshua Roberts.
Pope Francis met with five victims of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that the evil acts can no longer remain in silence, and promised his personal vigilance in protecting minors. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE call for binding agreement on climate change
CCODP officer Genevieve Talbot, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, and CCODP deputy director Ryan Worms in New York for UN climate change meetings Sept. 25-27. Photo courtesy CCODP (CCN).
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, said Holy See charitable agencies are urging global decision-makers to make binding agreements on climate change. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Memorial Mass planned for former archbishop

Archbishop Carney greeted future saints
Archbishop James Francis Carney poses with Mother Teresa in this 1988 photo. The two wrote letters back and forth, and it was thanks to the archbishop's invitation that the famous nun from Kolkata visited Vancouver and sent Missionaries of Charity to serve here, which they do to this day. Marianne Hamilton / BCC File Photo.
Twenty-five years ago, Catholics in the Lower Mainland mourned the loss of a faithful and courageous shepherd. Now they have a chance to honour him again. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis speaks off-the-cuff ... again
A woman reacts to Pope Francis's final words during the Mass at the end of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. CNS photo / Brian Snyder, Reuters.
A visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks in speaking to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night -- giving an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Quebec study releases findings on day care
Children pose for a photo at the Sisters of Mercy Wings Vocational School just outside Georgetown, Guyana, in March.
A study of the long-term impacts of Quebec's universal child-care program released in September reveals an increase in criminal behaviour and a decrease in health and life satisfaction among those who have endured child care. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sister celebrates 50 years of her mission of prayer

Ohio teenager set on missionary service found her calling fulfilled in a Dominican monastery
Sister Jean Marie Dwyer, OP, sits in a common area at the Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish. "I was called to be a missionary, and that's what I am as a cloistered Dominican nun," she said. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
A Dominican contemplative living in the wilds of Squamish considers herself a prayer warrior and missionary. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis visits Catholic Charities in Washington
Pope Francis talks with Sister Marie Mathilde, 102, during his unannounced visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor residence in Washington Sept. 23. CNS photo / Courtesy of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
There is no social or moral justification for homelessness, but we can find solace and meaning in the Incarnation, Pope Francis said Thursday during a visit to Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Casting the NET onto new public squares
Brian Holdsworth.
When the apostles first set out to evangelize to the world, they stood in public squares to preach about the kingdom of God and Jesus's resurrection. Today, according to Brian Holdsworth, the new public squares are on the Internet, so this is where the Church must be. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, September 25, 2015

New Yorkers respond to Pope Francis

Franciscan friar points out Pope, like many of them, is a son of immigrants
Crowds line the sidewalk as Pope Francis rides down Fifth Avenue in New York Sept. 24.
(Photo: Richard Drew / CNS)
By Michael Swan
The Catholic Register

It’s actually hard to gather a sense of how New Yorkers are responding to Pope Francis.

Out on the street, it seems like there are no native New Yorkers. Everybody is either a tourist or part of a visiting TV crew, filing their own reports on how New Yorkers are greeting Pope Francis.

A real New Yorker, hidden behind the forest of selfie sticks with tourists attached, is as rare as a Northern Spotted Owl. And then they disappoint you by complaining about the traffic.

Not all of them are focussed on their commutes and the upset likely when Pope Francis wades into a sea of humanity in Central Park at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. Some are thinking of how this pope relates to their city.

It is significant that Francis comes from Buenos Aires, another big city in the Americas shared and divided between the rich and the poor, Capuchin Fr. Julian Jagudilla told me. It matters that he is the son of immigrants, just as so many New Yorkers are.

Jagudilla is a migrant from Philippines who as a Franciscan friar has become director of a migrant centre that helps hundreds of Hispanic migrants per year with their impossible legal tangles. He advocates for the rights and dignity of migrants, who are so much a part of the fabric of New York City.

In the office of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Nathalie Orcel answers phone call after phone call from people who expect her to tell them precisely when and where the pope will be and how they can get a good look at him.

“They’re driving me crazy,” said Orcel. “I can’t wait for him to leave so we can go back to the normal crazy stuff.”

Orcel is joking. She’s a tough New Yorker, but that doesn’t stop her from smiling as she answers the phone one more time. “It’s been going on since June, when we didn’t even know about it,” she said.

The parish isn’t far from Penn Station, and Orcel compares the Church of St. Francis of Assisi to the big Manhattan train station. The people calling her aren’t necessarily parishioners or even Catholics. They just figure the downtown Franciscans must know. “People want information, they come to us,” said Orcel.

James Austria also works at the parish and he’s similarly amused by the fuss, but can’t hide his own excitement. “It’s a big deal because he inspires people,” said Austria. “But he’s a little deal, because he’s so humble.”

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides down Fifth Avenue in New York Sept. 24.
(Photo: Richard Drew / CNS)
There’s no minimizing the big headline events of Pope Francis’ sweep through the U.S. east coast, said immigration lawyer Tom Backen. But by it’s the combination of his addresses to Congress and the United Nations with visits to school children in Harlem, homeless people in Washington and prisoners in Philadelphia that nails down exactly why Francis has been so popular and so effective.

“That’s one of the things that’s most startling about the guy,” Backen said. “He’s always reaching for another encounter.”

The way that Francis worked behind the scenes to encourage pragmatic dialogue between Cuba and the U.S. is an example for all Americans, especially for the country’s polarized, shouting, strutting and posing political class, said Backen.

I met a couple on the Number 3 train who took an interest in my camera equipment. The gentleman had just bought a rather expensive camera and now had an interest in expensive lenses. I steered the conversation to the pope. He works for the MTA and he and his wife are not Catholic. So he said he wasn’t too interested, but his wife looked at him with that well-worn look of wives’ who are disappointed by something their husbands have said.

On Eighth Avenue, where a painting of Pope Francis against a bright yellow background covers a building and looms over the midtown neighbourhood, men on a smoke break were talking about the picture and the pope. A parade of those tourists with selfie sticks were taking their pictures with the pope mural behind them.

A professional photographer from Japan and I commiserated over how difficult it will be to get a decent picture of the live Pope in Central Park’s shadowy evening light, to say nothing of the opaque arrangements the city, the archdiocese and the secret service have made for the press. But there was no question that a photograph of the pope was something both of us would fight through crowds and officious public relations staff to get.

It’s more than another assignment. There’s something in Francis we need to see, to capture and to know.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Canadian minister discusses priorities in Middle East

National defence minister wants Canada to prioritize Christian refugees
Jason Kenney, Canada's minister of national defence and minister for multiculturalism. (Photo Credit:
Jason Kenney, Canada's minister of national defence and minister for multiculturalism, says Canada should consider the minorities fleeing from Syria and Iraq the top priority.
"'Some people are in an understandable wave of emotion… telling me that we should just send C-17 aircraft over there to refugee camps and load them up and bring them to Caanda,' Kenney said in an interview with the Jewish Independent. Kenney considers the most vulnerable refugees and internally displaced persons not even in the United Nations camps."
Kenney is worried most of all by the persecuted minorities who are unable to go to the UN camps due to their minority status and the implications of that. Read more here.

Journalist reflects on great efforts of St. Junipero Serra

Museum overlooks saint who gave the best he had to native community
A statue of St. Junipero Serra stands in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
(Photo: Joshua Roberts / CNS)
By Michael Swan
The Catholic Register

As Pope Francis was presiding at the canonization of St. Junipero Serra I was inside the Museum of the American Indian down on the southern tip of Manhattan Island – the island we stole from Canarsee nation in the 17th century, claiming we paid for it with coloured beads. I was there looking to see if there was any reference to St. Junipero. I didn’t expect praise. But I wasn’t surprised by St. Junipero’s absence either.

There were plenty of glancing blows sideswiping Christian evangelization of the Western Hemisphere. There’s this text beside a display of Pueblo pottery: “Spanish exploitation of Indian labor and forced conversion to Christianity sparked the Pueblo uprising of 1680. During the revolt, Pueblos captured the largest herd of horses ever taken by North American Indians, laying groundwork for a new Indian trade. Spanish attempts to establish Catholic missions are evident in the A: shiwi-made altar vessels shown here, which date between 1629 when the Franciscan church was built at Hawikku, and the year of the Pueblo uprising.”

There’s no evidence given for “forced conversion.” How could a single Franciscan missionary force Pueblo potters to use their considerable skill making altar vessels? Actually, the altar vessels were not on display. The display had been changed without bothering to revise the text. But the Pueblos were the people St. Junipero chose to live among. It’s their language he chose to learn. St. Junipero built churches with their help.

Throughout this museum there is no reference to the 500 years of Christian faith and devotion among aboriginal people from the Arctic to Patagonia. Christianity is treated as though it were a taint. It is as
though the Native American Christians of the past half-millennium don’t really count. The only authentic history of these people is the pre-Christian history. The only authentic Indian is a pre-Christian Indian.

A book on the Pueblo revolt is for sale in the museum gift shop. It doesn’t mention St. Junipero either. The index does have extensive entries under “Franciscan friars,” including “cruelty of,” “Eulate’s antipathy towards,” “executions of,” “martyrdom longed for by,” and “Santa Barbara convent of.”

Nobody imagines the Church’s mission to thousands of nations of the New World was such a perfect example of Christian love in action. There were failures, and many of them.

But St. Junipero’s life, his longing for martyrdom, his incredible drive can only be understood from the inside, from the assumption that he gave himself to his mission honestly, generously and with love.

In his homily at the canonization Mass, Pope Francis makes no excuses for the Church’s failings, but he asks us to see the saint as a man who gave the best he had.

“We are heirs to the bold missionary spirit,” Pope Francis tells us. “(St. Junipero) was the embodiment of a Church which goes forth, a Church which sets out to bring everywhere the reconciling tenderness of God.”

The Pueblos suffered at the hands of colonization, and the Church was too often blind to what colonization was doing. But the mission was a mission of reconciling tenderness.

“Junipero sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it,” said Francis “A mistreatment and wrongs which today still trouble us, especially because of the hurt which they cause in the lives of many people.”

None of us are innocent in this. Just like Manhattan, Toronto sits on other people’s land taken without their consent. But as Christians we have always needed, wanted and sought an encounter. Christianity has to go out and find other people, other cultures, other ways of life.

“Jesus did not provide a short list of who is, or is not, worthy of receiving His message, His presence,” said Francis. “Instead, he always embraced life as he saw it. In faces of
pain, hunger, sickness and sin.”

St. Junipero Serra did that and as a saint he reminds us to do the same.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Refugee sponsors' group asks gov't for more help

Canadian organization seeks faster application processing times, more resources, and more funds
Migrants walk along at sunset after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia near Roszke, Hungary, Aug. 29. About 100,000 migrants have taken the Balkan route into Europe this year. Bernadett Szabo / Reuters / CNS.
A group that represents refugee sponsors is asking the government to do more to help move people running for their lives. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Women protect humanity against evil, Pope Francis says
Pilgrims from China cheer as Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in St. Peter's Square. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Women have a special God-given role in protecting each generation against the evils of its time, Pope Francis said in, characteristically, off-the-cuff remarks during his weekly Wednesday general audience. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Franciscans depart St. Michael's
Father Dennis Vavrek, OFM / Frank Flegel / Prairie Messenger (CCN)
It was a time of sadness and thanksgiving, said many of those who attended the farewell prayer service and open house at St. Michael's Retreat Centre here August 22: the last of the Franciscans who opened the centre 52 years ago were leaving. For full story
 see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Counsellor visiting to lecture on reason and emotion

Psychotherapist knowledgeable about St. Thomas Aquinas's studies of affection in human relationships
Sue Baars
Emotions can control human actions, yet reason by nature guides the emotions, said Catholic psychotherapist Sue Baars. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope
Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Aug. 29. CNS photo / Michael Reynolds, EPA.
European bishops gathered in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them. It was an unprecented assembly. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

'Laudato Si'' brought into the classroom
Dean Sarnecki / Ramon Gonzalez / Western Catholic Reporter (CCN)
"Laudato Si'," Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, should be integrated into what children are taught in the Catholic school system, said Dean Sarnecki, the executive director of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Future doctor thanks his teachers

New graduate praises mentors at St. Francis Xavier Elementary
Benny Lee (right) poses with his brother, fellow UBC graduate Danny Lee. "The teachers at St. Francis put me on the path of success very early on," he said. Photo submitted.
It's been 15 years since his last lesson, but a newly minted medical student still fondly remembers his elementary school teachers. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis will likely meet Fidel Castro during Cuba visit
Pope John Paul II greets Cuban President Fidel Castro at the Palace of the Revolution prior to their private meeting Jan. 22, 1998. The two met behind closed doors for nearly an hour. CNS photo / Reuters.
While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has announced. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

CCCB examines response to Truth and Reconciliation commission
Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen and Keewatin-Le Pas Archbishop Murray Chatlain spoke on the CCCB's response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).
Canada's Catholic Bishops examined how they could implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action during their annual plenary Sept. 14-18. For full story
 see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pope Francis inspires mini-retreats

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish will host three meetings
Pope Francis addresses attendees at a workshop in July. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Authentic manhood will be the focus of three half-day recollections for men. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Church has long history in Cuba
A woman passes a poster of Pope Francis as she enters a church in Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, Sept. 8. Pope Francis will visit the island Sept. 19-22. Reuters / CNS.
The Catholic Church has a long history in Cuba. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

CCCB begins annual plenary meeting
Dr. Catherine Ferrier, president of Physicians' Alliance Against Euthanasia, a Quebec based non religious organization, addresses the meeting of bishops. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).
On the first day of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) annual gathering here Sept. 14-18, the bishops examined their role in fighting euthanasia and assisted suicide. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Locals extend a hand to Syrian refugees

Archdiocese of Vancouver has brought in 87 this year; 500 more are waiting
Members of Sts. Peter and Paul Chaldean Mission welcome an Iraqi refugee family at Vancouver International Airport Sept. 8. Photos submitted.
While photos of the tragic deaths of refugees make waves in the news, local Catholics are doing their part to get some of them to safety. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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In Cuba, Pope Francis will be a 'Missionary of Mercy'
Thousands of Cubans participate in a parade for Labour Day in 2014 in Revolution Square in Havana. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the square Sept. 20 during his Sept. 19-22 visit to Cuba. CNS photo / Alejandro Ernesto, EPA.
The Cuban bishops have announced that the theme for Pope Francis's Sept. 19-22 visit to their nation will be "Missionary of Mercy," as a way of looking forward to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Catholic residence for women at U of A
U of A nursing student Jodi Antonio enjoys the sense of community St. Joseph's College Women's Residence offers its students. Thandiwe Konguavi (CCN).

When Jodi Antonio arrived in Edmonton from Edson to start her first year at the University of Alberta, the anxious nursing student did not look far for friends. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Woman finds community in Catholic Women's League

Mother of three joined CWL at prompting of her parents and eventually became council president
Rosemary Azu (left) had three young sons and a full time job when she was elected president of her CWL parish council. Olaf Photo / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
Rosemary Azu is hard to miss in a crowd. She has a natural presence that draws people to her. The fact that she is usually dressed in brightly coloured traditional Nigerian dresses also makes her stand out. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis to visit Africa in November
Worshippers pray inside a Catholic church in Nyeri, Kenya, in May. CNS photo / Stuart Price, EPA.
The Vatican officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in November, a plan informally revealed by the Pope himself this summer. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Catholic bioethicists consider advising on 'assisting death'
Sister Nuala Kenny / Salt and Light Television (CCN).
Two Catholic bioethicists have given different responses to a request to sit on the provincial/territorial panel developing guidelines for "physician assisted death." For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Crucifix suffers vandalism

Parish and police concerned
RCMP handout
North Vancouver RCMP have released this photo of a person spray-painting the crucifix in front of St. Pius X Church at night July 23. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Annulment process revamped by Vatican
Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota, a Vatican court, speaks at a press conference for the release of Pope Francis's documents concerning changes to marriage annulments at the Vatican Sept. 8. Also pictured is Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
In a reformed marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Syriac Catholic Patriarch visits Ottawa
Archbishop Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syrians was in Ottawa over Labour Day weekend on a pastoral visit to Syriac Catholics. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).
The Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church says the West should end the war in Syria and Iraq so refugees and displaced people can return to their homes instead of having to go into exile. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Pew Research releases new study about Catholics

Study reveals how many are open to non-traditional families
Chase and Brandi Defelice hold their 5-month-old son, Cooper, at a family conference July 11
to prepare people for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.
(Photo: Emily M. Albert / The Catholic Witness / CNS)
The Pew Research Center has published a new study that shows many people who consider themselves Catholics don't exactly line up with Church teaching.
"Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families - those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried, or gay - are OK for raising children, too."
It also shows that Catholics who attend Mass regularly are more inclined to hold to Church teaching about marriage and family life.

This study comes just weeks before Pope Francis visits the U.S.A. and joins the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Church celebrates Care of Creation Day

Local Catholics join in prayer at Holy Rosary Cathedral Sept. 1
Father Stanley Galvon holds Laudato Si' outside Holy Rosary Cathedral before Mass on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Pope Francis has released an encyclical about the environment, and now he's taken his message of taking care of creation a step further. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Churches, families, must be places of welcome, Pope says
Pope Francis talks with students from Colegio Don Bosco in Argentina during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Pope Francis spoke of the bond which must exist between families and the Christian community, stressing that the Church, in following the Gospel, must always keep its doors open. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Bishops' new social justice document raises plight of refugees
Migrants wait for trains at Keleti railway station in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 8. CNS photo / Bernadett Szabo, Reuters.
On Sept. 3, when a picture of a drowned little boy dominated headlines by highlighting the Syrian refugee crisis, Canada's bishops published a social justice document pleading for generosity. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Holy Family parishioners escape to Okanagan for summer rest

Campout held each year in July for four nights at Fintry Provincial Park
Fathers David Franco, FSSP, and Daniel Geddes, FSSP, have a water fight. J.P. Sonnen / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
Holy Family Parish in Vancouver made its sixth annual parish camping trip to the Okanagan this summer, a tradition begun by former pastor Father Erik Deprey, FSSP. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Blessed Junipero Serra's cross gets a kiss from Pope Francis
A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra is seen in 2012 outside Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. CNS photo/Bob Mullen.
Pope Francis kissed and blessed a cross that was buried with Father Junipero Serra, the early California missionary whom he will canonize during his U.S. visit this month. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Edmonton man to provide northern ministry
Roger Plouffe's volunteer and northern experience have led him to work for the parish at Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. Thandiwe Konguavi / Western Catholic Reporter (CCN).
As a young explorer in the 1970s, Roger Plouffe fell in love with the land of the North. Many years later, as a volunteer at a Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., Bible summer camp, he fell in love with the people. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, September 4, 2015

CWL parish councils strengthen sisterhood

Organization is a great provider of fellowship for Catholic women
Ladies from St. Joseph's Parish in Langley connect during the national convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
When Jacqueline Nogier talked to her eldest son about his high school graduation, she had to explain that the women of the CWL were not actually family members. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Alliance between families and God can change the world, Pope Francis says
Pope Francis greets a woman during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 2. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
"Our cities are becoming desertified for lack of love, for lack of smiles," Pope Francis said. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Cardinal Ouellet's book on marriage 'brilliant' and hope-filled, say bishops
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, talks during an April press conference at the Vatican. CNS photo / Tony Gentile, Reuters.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet's latest book on marriage is filled with hope for the new evangelization, say two Canadian archbishops who hope it will be influential. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CWL supports Catholic Missions in Canada

Patricia Gyulay of CMIC shows film of donations helping a small community
CWL members have fun slapping "thunder sticks" (inflatable noise makers) over their heads during a presentation by Catholic Missions in Canada. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
The Catholic Women's League donated more than $70,000 to Catholic Missions in Canada at their 95th annual convention in Vancouver Aug. 16-20. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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St. Faustina fought many spiritual battles in her life
Father David Bellusci and Sister Chiara, a Sister of Our Lady of Mercy, stand near the baptismal font where St. Faustina was baptized at St. Casmir's Church in Swinice Warckie. Photo submitted to BCC.
When I made a spring pilgrimage to Poland after having read St. Faustina Kowalska's extraordinary work, Divine Mercy in My Soul, I discovered an incredible saint who sought intimacy with God. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Euthanasia 'death kits' being prepared for Quebec doctors
A nurse uses a syringe to give liquid medicine to a patient. Doctors are likely to leave much of the euthanasia process to nurses. CNS photo / Jorge Dan Lopez, Reuters.
News from PostMedia Sept. 1 that the Quebec government is preparing "euthanasia kits" for doctors does not surprise the head of a physicians' group that opposes euthanasia. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pope called synod to help families today, says Pavel Reid

Vancouver CWL members have sent their views to the Vatican on marriage, education of children, and other family life topics
Pavel Reid, senior director of archdiocesan ministries and outreach, urges CWL members to pray for the upcoming synod and to reach out actively to families. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Catholic families are in desperate need of the Church's help, according to Pavel Reid, the archdiocese's senior director of ministries and outreach. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe accepted two crowns
This reliquary in the Franciscan chapel at Niepokalonow contains hair from the beard of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father David Bellusci, OP / The B.C. Catholic.
As we approached the town of Niepokalonow in Poland, the day was cloudy and cool with slight rain. The weather served as a preface to the life and suffering St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Conventual Franciscan priest, who established the Militia of the Immaculate, apostles who would convert and sanctify souls through Mary's mediation. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Annual bishops' plenary expected to change way the conference is financed
In this photo from last year's plenary meeting of the CCCB, Msgr. Patrick Powers is seated in the front with president Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher and vice president Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, who will become the new president at this year's plenary.
When the Catholic bishops gather for their annual plenary Sept. 14-17, a lengthy period of restructuring will come to an end with a change in how their conference is financed. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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