Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Couples for Christ helps flood victims in Philippines

Couples for Christ Vancouver is appealing for help for the thousands of victims of the Filipino typhoon flooding emergency. The CFC Vancouver community has already sent over $10,000 to CFC Manila and will accept donations in any amount. Please make cheques payable to Couples for Christ, 250-2981 Simpson Road, Richmond, B.C. V6X 2R2. For more information, call 604-270-9463 or e-mail cfcvan@cfc.ca.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Assisi welcomes Man in Motion

Canada’s Man in Motion, Rick Hansen, brought his inspirational message to St. Francis of Assisi elementary school on Sept. 15. Hansen, who will soon celebrate the 25th anniversary of embarking on a 35-country, four-continent wheelchair tour to raise money for spinal cord research, was invited by the school community and the Moeller family after Karl Moeller, a Grade 4 student, was paralyzed in a motor vehicle accident. The school has raised $70,000 for a lift-equipped bus and building modifications so Karl can return to class. See next week's B.C. Catholic for the full story and pictures.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Farewell, Archbishop Ventura

Church news junkies will be interested in learning that the papal nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, is leaving us. The Vatican has announced that Archbishop Ventura, the Pope's ambassador to Canada, will become the new nuncio to France. What better person to comment on the news than our own man in Ottawa, Archbishop Terry Prendergast. Here's his take on the announcement:

Friday, September 18, 2009

25 years ago today...Pope John Paul II visited Vancouver

The B.C. Catholic Commemorative Edition:
A journey into our hearts (October 1-7, 1984)

Archbishop Carney’s greetings to the Holy Father

“Holy Father, your journey is
longer than you know. It has taken you
beyond geography and has carried
You right into our hearts.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

70 years ago today in The B.C. Catholic...

The invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II. Before the war, Pope Pius made appeals for peace and urged continued prayers "saying he could not find it in his heart to abandon hope for peace."

The Pope's appeal for peace was published in the September 2, 1939 issue of The B.C. Catholic (“Vicar of ‘Prince of Peace’ Broadcasts Peace Plea”):

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