Pope sniffs out a new brand of shepherds

July 25, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The challenges and experiences of the Church in Latin America figure heavily in Pope Francis' papacy. The pope's Latin American background is increasingly visible when it comes to making bishop appointments, addressing global issues and the pastoral care of the poor and the marginalized. Pope Francis' preference for "shepherds with the smell of sheep" has become a prerequisite in his recent appointments.

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Undeserved mercy brings joy, says Collins

Cardinal Thomas Collins
July 11/25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

We should be gracious to other people as God is gracious to us, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. "What a better world it would be if we were all more gracious to one another," he told hundreds of Catholics at Lac Ste. Anne July 1. "Mercy is profoundly important in our life in Christ. It is a thing of which we all have need." Collins, a former archbishop of Edmonton, was one of several speakers who addressed the Catholic Family Life Conference on the theme of mercy.

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God wants us to share in divine life – theologian

Matthew Leonard
July 11/25, 2016

The goal of this life is divinity, says theologian Matthew Leonard. As Christians, we want to reach a state of grace to "become partakers of the divine nature of God." "God, in this unprecedented act of love and mercy, offers us a share of who he is," Leonard said at the 21st annual Family Life Conference at Lac Ste. Anne. "We don't become omnipotent or omnipresent, but God offers us the ability to incorporate ourselves into his family. Through grace we become what he is. That's your dream and destiny, provided you accept it."

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Canada Post foils even the best laid plans

July 25, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

You shouldn't always believe what you hear or read in the news. Even journalists - especially journalists - know that. Yet, since the formation of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in 1965, you could count on a work stoppage every few years. In fact, there have been 20 strikes, rotating strikes, lockouts and other ways that the mail has ground to a halt over those 51 years. So, when Canada Post said it was going to lockout its workers on Friday, July 8, who were we to doubt it, even though the union had said it didn't want a strike?

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Church needs media to ‘market its product,’ says entrepreneur

July 25, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Church – from individual parishes to the Vatican – needs to collaborate with highly skilled specialists if it wants to get serious about evangelization, said a Canadian media, design and marketing entrepreneur. While Church leaders should turn increasingly to lay experts, lay Catholics should “step up a lot more in our parishes and our dioceses,” offering their expertise, Matthew Harvey Sanders told Catholic News Service July 14. The 34-year-old Toronto native is founder and managing director of Longbeard Creative, a web and graphic-design company that works with nonprofits.

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Ont. law society infringement on religious liberty upheld

July 11/25, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Religious freedom advocates are troubled by a June 19 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upholding the Law Society of Upper Canada's refusal to accredit the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU). The appeal court ruled that although the law society's decision infringed on the right to religious freedom, that discrimination was justified.

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Kasun to be ordained a bishop on Sept. 12

July 11/25, 2016

The episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Robert Kasun will take place Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. Kasun, pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus and St. Clare parishes, has been appointed auxiliary bishop to the archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins.

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Christians build bridges until finally the world is one

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July 11/25, 2016

Almost essential to the proper nurturing of young children is a strong, supportive family. As children grow older, their need for community does not disappear, but expands. "It takes a village to raise a child," it is commonly said. Indeed, it does take a family, and it does take a village or a neighbourhood. Many children have grown to have outstanding lives without such roots, but they have often triumphed in spite of their background, not because of it.

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Growing tribalism a symptom of me-first mentality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
July 11/25, 2016

More than 2,400 years ago Socrates wrote these words: "I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world." Today more than ever these are words we need to appropriate because our world and we ourselves are sinking into unhealthy forms of tribalism where we are concerned primarily with taking care of our own. We see this everywhere. We tend to think that this lives only in circles of extremism, but it is being advocated with an ever-intensifying moral fervour virtually every place in the world.

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Pray, even when you cannot see the effects

Brett Fawcett
July 11/25, 2016
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 24, 2016

One thing we inevitably hear in the wake of great global tragedies and catastrophes is a lot of people telling the survivors that "our thoughts and prayers are with you." Lately, there's been another inevitable response: A chorus of people rejecting this, saying it isn't good enough. We need action, too, and, sometimes, people will even indignantly add: "Stop praying. God isn't doing anything." This may sound shocking and blasphemous to our ears, but we have to honestly consider the place where a retort like this could come from.

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