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Lent is more than 'giving up'

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lent is the penitential season of preparation for the celebration of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. Ash Wednesday - Feb. 10 this year - is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. During this season, Catholics are encouraged to pray, read Scripture, to fast and give alms. These observances are intended to help us to turn our hearts and minds to God.

Archbishop Smith recounts his joyful welcome in India

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He loved the country and the people, but couldn't stand the traffic. "My worst experience had to be the traffic," Archbishop Richard Smith recalls of his recent tour of southern India. "To be in the middle of it is an experience. You are flying along a highway at breakneck speed and they are coming at you from the opposite direction and there is everything on the road.

Share Lent promotes a Climate of Change

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis writes of the throwaway culture that has propelled our common home into a climate crisis whose effects are felt primarily by the poor of the Global South. With that in mind, Development and Peace is inviting Catholics to join in its Share Lent campaign that focuses on the pope's encyclical.

Vatican cuts purse strings to the North

February 8, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a significant turning point for the Church in Canada, the country's northernmost dioceses have shed their status as mission dioceses. The Vatican announced as of Jan. 25, it will no longer consider the six remaining mission dioceses, five of them in western and northern Canada, as mission dioceses.

Lent: A privileged moment to celebrate mercy

February 8, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis says that in this Year of Mercy the season of Lent "should be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy." He points us to the Scriptures as the place where we can "rediscover the merciful face of the Father." Meditation on God's Word is not a common activity in our overly busy society. We meditate on many other things, but not on that which lasts, on "every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4.4).

Joy resounds as Corpus Christi opens its doors

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The wait is over. Corpus Christi Parish held its first two Sunday Masses in its new $16-million church Jan. 31 and parishioners were overjoyed. At the end of the first Mass, Father Joseph Vadassery asked his congregation how they liked their new church. The people answered with cheers and applause. "It's beautiful and big; I like the big space because more people can fit into church," exclaimed Filipino-born Christine Aguila.

Lavoie shares story of boiling anger against his father

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

February 8, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie's childhood wasn't a happy one. He had what he needed, except for what he wanted most - the love of his dad. His father was a workaholic farmer who spent his life working the land. Sylvain, who grew up in a French Canadian farming family of eight in Saskatchewan, spent most of his teen years doing what he could to earn his father's love - to no avail.

Communication should build bridges, says pope

February 8, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Use the power of communication to build bridges and heal wounds, not generate hatred or misunderstanding, Pope Francis said. The Catholic Church, too, must proclaim the truth and denounce injustice without alienating everyone in need of God's help, he said in his message for World Communications Day. "We can and we must judge situations of sin - such as violence, corruption and exploitation - but we may not judge individuals, since only God can see into the depths of their hearts," he said.

Don't confuse marriage with other forms of union

February 8, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said there can be no confusion between God's plan for marriage as an indissoluble bond between one man and woman who are open to life, and other sorts of unions. "The Church, in fact, can demonstrate God's unwavering merciful love toward families, especially those wounded by sin and life's trials, and at the same time proclaim the essential truth of marriage according to God's plan," the pope said. The pope made his comments Jan. 22 in his annual meeting with members of the Roman Rota.

Canada's first Syriac bishop to put priority on aiding newcomers

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February 8, 2016
DOREEN ABI RAAD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The newly ordained bishop for the Syriac Catholic Church in Canada pledged to make his first priority the suffering and spiritual needs of beleaguered Syriacs seeking refuge in Canada. Bishop Antoine Nassif was ordained Jan. 23 by Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan at Our Lady of Deliverance Cathedral in Beirut.

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