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The work of Farmland Legacies - which includes providing sustainably raised, high-quality beef to Saskatchewan food banks - was highlighted at a recent Administration Day in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. At the gathering of parish and ministry leaders Sept. 10 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duane Guina, executive director of the non-profit organization based on a farm in the Wynyard area, spoke about the importance of sustainable agriculture and just food systems, as well as relating the history of Farmland Legacies and the impact of the Legacy of One project.
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The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has urged the Vatican to show greater support for his country, as a senior Vatican diplomat warned the country risked becoming "a kind of Somalia." "I would have expected a lot more involvement by the Vatican - the time for cautious diplomacy is at an end," said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Everyone has a guardian angel who is advising and protecting each individual on earth, Pope Francis said at a recent morning Mass. Whenever people hear a little voice in their head, "'Well, do this. That would be better. You mustn't do this . . .' Listen! Don't turn against him" because it is the guardian angel's voice, he said during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The Church must rediscover its role in helping and supporting families at this fall's Synod on the Family, one of the leading Asian cardinals told The Catholic Register. More than 360 cardinals, bishops, priests and laypeople are attending the Synod of Bishops on the family, held in the Vatican from Oct. 4-25. This ordinary synod follows up on the work of last year's smaller extraordinary synod that became contentious as bishops examined the challenges facing today's families.
Representatives from parishes across the Ottawa archdiocese met recently to discover how they can help sponsor Syrian refugees. Ottawa's Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Services Father Geoff Kerslake told the gathering the number of people requiring help is mind blowing." Even if the government increases the number of refugees by ten or twenty times, it "will only be a drop in the bucket," he said.
Every day, the devil tries to trick and seduce people with promises of riches, grandeur and power, Pope Francis said. Satan "sows snares and is a seducer. He seduces with charm, with diabolical charm, he leads you to believe everything. He knows how to sell with this charm, he sells well, but he pays badly in the end," the pope said in a morning homily.