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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. The pope points to numerous ways world organizations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some of the pope's suggestions, with references in parentheses to their paragraphs in the encyclical:
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RED DEER – The executive board of the Alberta Knights of Columbus will spend Canada Day choosing a new leader for the organization following the death of Grant Mann, the Knights' state deputy-elect. Mann, elected state deputy at the April 17-19 convention, died April 29, just two months before his installation as leader of the 18,000 Knights in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
For the 2013-14 school year, principal Lucy Moore and I sat down to discuss how we could get our students at Fort McMurray's Holy Trinity High School to experience the Mass together. Our intentions were good but logistics kept getting in the way of our plans. Getting to and from the church, busing, sch
With the decision to close one of its largest and most important churches, the Archdiocese of Quebec is sending a clear message: The future of even the most majestic churches cannot be guaranteed anymore. On May 24, one last Mass was celebrated in renowned St. John the Baptist Church. Dedicated to the patron saint of French Canadians, the church stands among the high-profile churches of both the archdiocese and the province of Quebec.
YELLOWKNIFE – Being chosen to lead the provincial Catholic Women's League during the time of Pope Francis is a significant coincidence for new president Cathy Bouchard. Bouchard, of Red Deer, is a secular Franciscan. She was named president at the Alberta Mackenzie provincial council convention held here June 5-6. "It's kind of a nice synchronicity for me as a Franciscan," she said. "All of us are very happy that this pope reflects St. Francis of Assisi."
The growth of technology has led to an "ironclad logic" that diminishes human freedom and the human capacity for making decisions, Pope Francis wrote in the third chapter of his new encyclical Laudato Si', On Care for Our Common Home. New policies, ways of education, lifestyles and even spirituality are needed to resist the "technological paradigm" for societal decision-making that has become so dominant that it has become "inconceivable" to consider alternatives, the pope says.
Lives lived with "small gestures of mutual care" and rooted in a spirituality that discovers God in all things can bring forth the goodness in others that will lead to better stewardship of our common earthly home, says Pope Francis. In the final chapter of his encyclical Laudato Si', Care for Our Common Home, the pope says better laws alone will not change people's conduct, even when those laws are effectively enforced.
In proclaiming the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis has invited us to stop, pray, reflect, encourage and support. Before I share my reflections, I invite you to pause and think of all the persons, groups and life experiences that you associate with the term consecrated life.
Although society may change the shape of the family, "children have the same exact needs you had when you were children," said the founder of a program designed to help young children learn how to empathize with others. The first relationship, that of a mother with an infant affects the rest of the child's life, said Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy.
Father Joseph Tsang says a life without God can never be a life of fulfillment. Only when Tsang decided to follow Jesus did he achieve peace and spiritual liberation. Tsang, the pastor of Edmonton's Mary Help of Christians Chinese Parish, was the guest speaker at the charismatic prayer breakfast at Chateau Louis Conference Centre June 13.