Liturgy official urges priests to 'face East'

July 25, 2016
COLLEEN DULLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Vatican's top official for liturgy is encouraging priests to celebrate Mass facing away from the congregation, but the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are foreseen. Cardinal Robert Sarah urged priests and bishops at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London July 5 to start celebrating Masses "ad orientem," or facing away from the congregation.

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VatiLeaks verdict: journalists acquitted, monsignor sent to jail

July 25, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A Vatican court acquitted two journalists who published confidential documents while their source, a Spanish monsignor, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered his ruling July 7, declaring that the court had no legitimate jurisdiction over Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The court found Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Francesca Chaouqui, a member of a former Vatican commission on its economic-administrative structure, guilty of having roles in leaking confidential documents about Vatican finances.

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Catholic - Disciples of Christ dialogue discusses the Eucharist

July 11/25, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY - The Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue took place in Calgary June 17 to 22. The general theme for the present phase of dialogue is Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist. The Calgary sessions took place at the Faithful Companions of Jesus' Christian Life Centre. After an introductory meeting in Nashville, Tenn., in 2014, the commission approached the topics related to what it means to be formed by the Eucharist, including the structures of liturgies of the two churches and the significance of catechesis on the Eucharist.

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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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