Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page
As the worst Ethiopian drought in 60 years threatens as many as 20 million people living in Africa's second largest country, Catholic aid agencies in the desperate nation are asking for help as the crisis continues into 2016. "We can do more if more resources are available," CST-Together country representative Patricia Wall said in an email to The Catholic Register. "The needs are enormous." CST-Together stands for Catholic Social Teaching Together and is a joint project of three Catholic aid agencies in Ethiopia.
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ROME - While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said. Interrupted repeatedly with applause at Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17, the pope said the Church "recognizes the irrevocability of the Old Covenant and the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."
A proposed marijuana dispensary has members of St. Mary's Parish in Vancouver worried about the impact on their community. More than 1,800 signed a petition asking the City of Vancouver to not approve the Scooter Health Society's application to sell the drug at 3441 Kingsway. "This is something that is really in my heart," said Mildred Moy, the head of St. Mary's street ministry, who launched the petition.
As a homilist, Father Michael McCaffery is probably best known for his brevity. "I always say people don't remember what I said, but they know it didn't take me very long to say it." He credits this to the best advice he ever received, shortly after he was ordained about 55 years ago. Msgr. Foran, considered one of the premier preachers in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the time, told him: "McCaffery, I want you to preach six minutes and no notes."
A well-known personality in Colombia, he fled to Canada to stay alive. Uprooted, new to the French language, he lived precariously in Quebec City, drawing strength to live from his family and his faith. Now he is in charge of the Latino community of the Archdiocese of Quebec. Here is the exceptional story of a refugee. Deacon Arismendy Lozada glanced at his cellphone. News alerts flashed on his screen, alternating among soccer, religion and politics.