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Mafia don's outrageous funeral scandalizes Rome

August 31, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Television programs, coffee bars, Italian Twitter accounts and the corridors of political power were abuzz Aug. 20-21 with news and commentary about the extravagance surrounding the funeral of the reputed Mafia boss. The funeral Mass for Vittorio Casamonica, 65, was celebrated at St. John Bosco Church in southeast Rome Aug. 20. His body was carried to the church in an antique gilded black hearse drawn by six black horses. When it arrived at the church, a band outside played the theme song from the film The Godfather.

Priest surprised when Pope Francis shows up for Mass

August 31, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - From the time he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis has said special prayers for catechists on the feast of St. Pius X, who wrote a catechism in 1908. Pope Francis celebrated a private Mass in his residence early on the feast day, Aug. 21, but decided to pray for catechists at the tomb of St. Pius in St. Peter's Basilica. About 70 people were sitting or kneeling at pews in front of the tomb waiting for a 7 a.m. Mass when the pope arrived, so he joined them, sitting in the front pew.

Gull Lake camp offers kids an experience of Galilee

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Katie Foster calls Our Lady of Victory Camp her Galilee. One of the archdiocese's two summer children's camps, OLVC set the trajectory for her life.Her journey began when she first came to the camp as an 11-year-old, and then grew when she became a teenage counsellor.Between forest forts and adoration, archery and Reconciliation, campfire marshmallows and daily Mass, Foster, now 25, encountered Christ.

Growing old a celebration, not a burden, says priest

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Paulist Father Thomas Ryan was turning 50, when he decided he didn't want just another birthday cake, scoop of ice cream and happy birthday song.Directing an ecumenical centre for spirituality in Montreal at the time, Ryan wanted something more out of this birthday.He wanted to look seriously at the second half of his life and its potential.

Pope makes Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

August 17, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Catholics will celebrate Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God's help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God's forgiveness "for sins committed against the world in which we live. "The pope's decision was announced by the Vatican Aug. 10.

Live a simpler life, follow encyclical's guidance - professor

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is "a remarkably significant encyclical which hopefully will contribute to our capacity to turn around a bit."With these words, David Goa, director of the Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, initiated a "conversation" on the encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.

Pro-life groups condemn abortion drug approval

August 17, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Pro-life groups and at least one pro-life member of Parliament have condemned Health Canada's July 29 approval of abortion drug RU-486 or mifepristone.The Catholic Civil Rights League, Campaign Life Coalition, Canadian Physicians for Life and WeNeedaLaw.ca are among groups calling on Health Minister Rona Ambrose to overrule the decision.

Appalachian group asks bishops to stridently apply Laudato Si'

August 17, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has called on the 26 bishops of the region to engage Catholics in the pews, the mining industry and elected officials on Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.

TRC benefited Aboriginal people

August 17, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Although a national poll showed Canada appears divided on the value of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Catholic Church leaders said a positive impact has already been felt among Aboriginal communities. "It was worthwhile for the native people in Canada," said Father Milton McWatch, pastor of Holy Saviour Parish in Marathon, Ont. His parish has extensive relations with local First Nations' communities.

Newman course will stir preparation for Year of Mercy

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Mercy is central to the life of the Church, yet the concept has been almost neglected in theological studies. Not anymore.Beginning Sept. 3, Newman Theological College will offer a credit course on mercy for graduate and undergraduate students as well as the general public.The course, called Face of Mercy, will be offered every Thursday for 14 weeks until Dec. 10. It is designed to help people celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, which runs from Dec. 8 until Nov. 20, 2016.

 
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