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Canadian bishops celebrate ecumenical landmark

Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras

November 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Canada's bishops have issued A Church in Dialogue: Towards the restoration of unity among Christians. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue prepared the 28-page document available at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' website. The Decree on Ecumenism was approved at Vatican II on Nov.21, 1964.

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Monk unites painting and theology

November 17, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

If you get up close, within centimetres of Brother Emmaus O'Herlihy's monumental painting of Christ the King, you may see a tear descending from Jesus' left eye. Or you might not. O'Herlihy didn't paint a tear; it's just that some people see one. In early October only a few had seen the completed painting, which will hang eventually at King's University College at Western University in London, Ont. Even before he was finished, one of the other artists sharing the studio space noticed the tear.

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Prince of Wales denounces religious persecution

November 17, 2014
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The heir to the British throne has spoken out against the persecution of Christians in the Middle East as well as in Great Britain. Prince Charles said in a video message released Nov. 4 that it was an "indescribable tragedy that Christianity is now under such threat in the Middle East," especially as the Christians and Muslims had lived together peaceably for centuries. The message coincided with the presentation in the British Parliament of the 2014 Religious Freedom Report by the United Kingdom branch of Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians around the world.

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Nigeria must halt Islamic militants, says archbishop

November 17, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – The president of the Nigerian bishops' conference said his country's government could defeat the Boko Haram Islamist militant group if it could muster the same political will it found to fight Ebola. In a Nov. 6 talk at the Church of Holy Name in Manchester, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, suggested the government could end the group's attacks on Christians and civilians if it wanted to. "Since the Nigerian government is successfully fighting the Ebola disease, it can equally, fight the religious fundamentalism which threatens the very soul of Nigeria," he said.

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Shakespeare closet Catholic amidst persecution

November 17, 2014
JONATHAN LUXMOORE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Inside the recently refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, a massed audience, banked on three floors, gazes attentively out over a wide, brightly lit stage. "Necessity will make us all forsworn. Three thousand times within this three years' space; for every man with his affects is born, not by might master'd, but by special grace," recited the actor playing Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost.

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Christians beaten to death in Pakistan

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November 17, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic leaders in Pakistan have protested the Nov. 4 beatings and burning of a young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Quran. "The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens' right to life," said the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan in a statement Nov. 5. Condemning the brutal killing of Shahzad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife, Shama Bibi, 24, the NCJP said the killing of the couple at the hands of a mob was based on a "false accusation of blasphemy."

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West end francophone parish is no more

November 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Members of Edmonton's Paroisse Sainte Anne are grieving the recent closure of their parish. "Even though we knew it was coming, we didn't feel good at all when the announcement was made," recalls Pauline Lambert, a parishioner for 50 years. "We lost our church, our name and our family." After almost 62 years of serving francophone Catholics in the city's west end, Paroisse Sainte Anne closed Oct. 1. For the last two years, after it lost its last worshipping space, about 30 families from Ste. Anne have been travelling downtown for Mass with parishioners at St. Joachim Parish. Despite sharing one building, the parishes kept separate operations.

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Spirited seniors gather at basilica to strengthen faith

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November 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Elderly parishioners of St. Joseph's Basilica are gathering to socialize, strengthen their Catholic beliefs and receive spiritual guidance. Catherine Ryan and other parish seniors determined that less mobile or physically challenged seniors cannot always get out as often as they would like. "Wintertime in the city, they slide down sidewalks and maybe even not drive, so although they have Communion taken to them, they love to get to Mass. So we thought once a month, a spiritual experience such as this would be welcomed," said Ryan.

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Historian takes hard look at Budka's accomplishments

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November 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Bishop Nykyta Budka dedicated much of his life to preserving the faith of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada. But because of his personal failings, he was often seen as a negative force in Canadian history. However, Vatican-based author and researcher Rev. Dr. Athanasius McVay sees him as an important figure in Ukrainian, Canadian and Catholic history. In fact, he says, Budka's story can be described as a life of obedience, work, and love of the Lord and God's pilgrim people. McVay is the author of the new biography God's Martyr, History's Witness: Blessed Nykyta Budka the First Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishop of Canada. It is the most complete book on Budka and was commissioned by Canada's Ukrainian bishops in commemoration of Budka's arrival in Canada in December 1912. After Budka was beatified in 2001, the bishops realized they needed a complete biography of the man.

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Ukraine election solid step toward reform, democracy

November 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – With international observers reporting largely free and fair parliamentary elections in Ukraine, hopes increased that promised reforms would follow, including an end to high levels of government corruption. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which sent hundreds of observers for the Oct. 26 election, said the voting "marked an important step in consolidating democratic elections." Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, the Vatican's nuncio to Ukraine, said Oct. 29 the international observers' positive assessment of the election "gives reason for rejoicing in another step forward in the democratic process." "Despite the hesitation of many to go and vote, given all the disillusionment of even the recent past, I would have to see the results at the polls as an affirmation on the part of the country to set a course for rule by law and democracy," Gullickson said in an email.

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