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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.
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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.
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.
Thousands of Grade Eight students gathered to sing, pray, learn, laugh and celebrate what it means to be Catholic at the first annual Father Michael Mireau Youth Faith Day on Feb. 1. Mireau, the Edmonton Catholic Schools chaplain for whom the event was named in honour, would have gotten a kick out of the sight.
Two hundred years ago the French aristocrat Eugene de Mazenod gathered a few priests into a kind of evangelical gang in southeastern France. They went into neglected, impoverished parishes preaching in the local dialect of Provençal, not French, sharing their lives and the Gospel with poor people who had been left behind by modern France.
MARRAKESH, Morocco - Iraq's Chaldean Catholic patriarch said increasing incidents of discrimination against Christians in Iraqi society are inciting fear and causing an exodus of Christians from their homeland. In a speech circulated at a Jan. 25-27 conference on the rights of religious minorities in the Muslim world, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad cited Muslim contractors refusing to build homes, monasteries, etc., for Christians whom they identify as infidels.
QUEBEC - On Dec. 12, Notre Dame Cathedral in Quebec City re-opened its Holy Door, the only permanent holy door in the Americas. These symbolic doors grace only seven important cathedrals in the world. The most famous is in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican while the other six are in Rome, France, Spain and Quebec.
Edmonton - Archbishop Richard Smith has joined others in expressing his frustration with the provincial government's new gender identity guidelines. In a Jan. 21 pastoral letter, the archbishop also contends some trustees have betrayed the public trust. Smith says the guidelines contain constructive, and reasonable suggestions for best practices, but others could pose problems for Catholic schools. The Church, he says, opposes guidelines that allow students to self-identify their own gender expression or identity.