Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page
HAVANA - Although it was not part of his formal program, Pope Francis took time after Sunday Mass to visit Cuba's ailing 89-year-old former leader, Fidel Castro. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said after the Mass Sept. 20 in Havana's Revolution Square, Pope Francis was driven to the residence for the informal meeting, which lasted 30-40 minutes.
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The Sulpician Fathers are the cream of the cream in seminary formation. They run seminaries in several countries and are known for forming well-rounded priests. Many of their pupils and professors have gone on to become bishops and cardinals. The Sulpicians have been in Edmonton for 25 years and under their watch St. Joseph Seminary has turned into a solid, stable institution.
Inspired by Pope Francis, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is inviting parishes and individual parishioners to prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December. D&P is inviting people to engage in a process of education, prayer, reflection and action using Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'.
Fifty-one year old Somali refugee Abdi Mahdi is one of 25 students taking an English class offered by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Kobe refugee camp. He's also one of nearly 42,000 refugees in this particular camp located about three kms from the border between Ethiopia and Somalia.
Bishops examined their role in fighting euthanasia and assisted suicide during the annual gathering of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his welcoming remarks to the almost 90 bishops and eparchs gathered for the Sept. 14-18 conference in Cornwall, Ont., CCCB president Paul-André Durocher said the Supreme Court of Canada's Feb. 6 decision "to strike down the articles in the Criminal Code that prohibited active euthanasia and assisted suicide is for us a deep cause of worry and concern.
In November 1964, Archbishop Anthony Jordan phoned to ask if I would be interested in visiting Edmonton to examine how the archdiocese could better communicate the startling developments of the Second Vatican Council. I was then living in New Jersey, where I was associate editor of The Sign, a Catholic monthly with a large circulation in the U.S. His call caught me in a reflective moment, for I was thinking of returning to my native Canada.
I start from the assumption, rather quaint perhaps in a time when we are surrounded with almost uncountable forms of mass communications, that there is a thing called Catholic journalism and it is a close relative to that other thing known as journalism, plain and simple.
The Scripture readings, which we just heard proclaimed, were not specifically chosen for our celebration. They are the readings assigned by the Lectionary for today. Yet, even though they will be heard by people participating in Mass anywhere in the world today, nevertheless they have a striking application to our particular gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Western Catholic Reporter. It is as if they were, indeed, chosen just for us.