Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Archdiocesan offices to move south to Cambie area

New structure at the corner of Willow St. and W. 33rd Ave. will include a retired priests' residence
The John Paul II Pastoral Centre at Willow Street and West 33rd Avenue will cost about $25 million. Paul Schratz, communications director, said it made sense to move, because of the "cost of downtown land and the parking situation." Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
After a decade of conversations and long-term planning, the Archdiocese of Vancouver's offices will soon move out of the downtown core and into a new building near Queen Elizabeth Park. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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Pope Francis welcome in Sri Lanka
Pope Francis and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visit in a presidential office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
After tense elections yielded a new president just days before Pope Francis's arrival in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said that the "miracle" of a smooth transition was due in large part to the Pope's visit which began Jan. 12. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Groups welcome commitment to bring in additional 10,000 Syrian refugees
Pope Francis meets with young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq a few hours after joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to denounce the plight of Christians there. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano.
Aid groups are welcoming the federal government's Jan. 7 commitment to take in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees and 3,000 more Iraqi refugees. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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