Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Concert to benefit unborn


Pop punk artist to perform for crisis pregnancy centre Hope for Women
A Guy and A Girl.
The head of a pop punk band that has toured with the likes of Nickelback and Simple Plan is about to play his first set for the unborn. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Pope: doomed migrants were looking for happiness

Migrants trying to reach Greece, hold onto the wreckage of a sailboat near the coast of the southeastern island of Rhodes April 20. Hundreds of migrants had died the previous day in another tragedy at sea. CNS photo / Argiris Mantikos, Eurokinissi via Reuters.
Pope Francis led a moment of prayerful silence on April 19 for hundreds of migrants killed off the coast of Lampedusa, saying they were like us in their search for happiness. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Football receiver speaks of faith journey
Matt Dominguez / Frank Flegel / Prairie Messenger.
Matt Dominguez is known throughout Saskatchewan and in Canadian Football League cities as a gifted receiver who terrorized defences during his five years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Talitha Koum members to gather and celebrate

Society holding a fundraiser so it can continue its work
An outsider visits prison inmates. Talitha Koum society is planning a fundraiser so it continue its work. CNS photo / Tanya Connor, The Catholic Free Press.
A non-denominational society that has consoled, counselled, and encouraged abused women, addicts, and former prisoners will mark its 15th anniversary in April. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Iraqi priests and nuns choose to stay
Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq. CNS photo / Reuters.
"At night we often hear gunfire," said Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Newfoundland native to pronounce first vows
Sister Mary Phillips. Lasha Morningstar / Western Catholic Reporter / (CCN).
It has been a long journey with many side roads for Sister Mary Phillips to reach her destination with the Sisters of Providence of Montreal. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, April 17, 2015

St. Mark's College to give bioethicist honorary doctorate

For 11 years she has been the director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute
Dr. Moira McQueen. Alistair Burns / The B.C. Catholic.
The Catholic graduate college in Vancouver will recognize a theologian who advises the Pope with its highest education honour in May. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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If men and women aren't different, we have problems: Pope Francis
Pope Francis prays in front of a statue of Mary as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 11. The Pope is deeply devoted to Mary and often expresses his devotion by praying in front of statues of Our Lady and then gently touching them. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Pope Francis warned about gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Supreme Court of Canada rules against Saguenay council prayer
Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay. Deborah Gyapong / (CCN).
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled April 15 the Saguenay mayor and council must stop praying before meetings and pay damages to an atheist who complained of discrimination. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CWL provincial convention will be June 11-13

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Catholic Women's League to vote on six new resolutions
Barbara Dowding, CWL's national president, is pictured visiting Juno Beach Centre Nov. 11 to view the league's plaque and participate in Remembrance Day. Photo submitted.
Women from B.C. and the Yukon will vote on six new resolutions they hope to bring to the federal government's attention. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Turkey protests to the Holy See
Pope Francis looks on after greeting Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni during an April 12 Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. CNS photo / Tony Gentile, Reuters.
Pope Francis's comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey's ambassador to the Holy See. But what's the full story? For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Put a price on carbon, religious investors say
Trees line the banks of a creek along the Pomeroon River in the interior of Guyana in this March 18 photo. The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and says businesse s must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment. CNS photo / Bob Roller.
Religious congregations and faith groups from across Canada have urged Canada's finance minister to put a price on carbon emissions to combat climate change. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

British politicians try to coax Christian voters on Easter

'We should feel proud to say: This is a Christian country': PM David Cameron
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.
Photo credit: Youtube.
All three major party leaders in Great Britain acknowledged the important role of faith at Easter. In a televised message, Prime Minister David Cameron, who calls himself an evangelical Christian, said the following:
"Yes, we are a nation that embraces, welcomes and accepts all faiths and none but we are still a Christian country. And as a Christian country, our responsibilities don’t end there. We have a duty to speak out about the persecution of Christians around the world too."
"It is truly shocking to know that in 2015 there are still Christians being threatened, tortured, even killed, because of their faith from Egypt to Nigeria, Libya to North Korea  to all those brave Christians in Iraq and Syria who are practising their faith, or sheltering others, we must say, ‘We stand with you'."
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister, also made an Easter address. While he is an atheist, his Catholic wife is raising their children in the faith.
"The values that Jesus lived his life by, compassion, humility, forgiveness, resonate with people of all faiths and none," Clegg said.
Meanwhile, Labour’s Ed Miliband, a lapsed Jew, does not believe in God, but respected those who do believe in Him.
However, Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg might just be appealing for votes. Britons go to the polls May 7.


Sacred Hymns at Sacred Heart Church

Victoria parish to hold music contest
Father David Hemann, an Iowa priest, has recently released his sixth music CD, "Psalms of David." The pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Ida Grove in the Sioux City Diocese is pictured in an undated photo. CNS photo / courtesy G.R. Lindblade and Co.
Calling all aspiring musicians! Do you have what it takes to win $1,000? For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Pope to visit Sarajevo for one day June 6
Clergymen stand outside a church during an unveiling ceremony of a statue of St. John Paul II in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 30. The statue was erected to honor the new saint, who had called for peace during the Bosnian war of the 1990s. CNS photo / Dado Ruvic, Reuters.
Pope Francis will meet with a vast array of different groups during his daytrip to Bosnia, which is a visit Sarajevo's cardinal says could help ease political and ethnic tensions after the country's recent war. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Conscience motion seeks to defend free votes for moral issues
A top Vatican official who deals with matters relating to conscience suggested that after going to confession, Catholics should perform a "corporal work of mercy" by inviting someone else to receive the sacrament. Photo shows a priest hearing the confession of a young woman in 2014 during the 6th Asian Youth Day in South Korea. CNS photo / Daniel Dal Zennaro, EPA.
As voting about the legalization of euthanasia looms over the House of Commons, a Tory backbencher has tabled a motion affirming free votes on matters of conscience. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Archdiocese hosts local World Youth Day event

Consul General of Poland in Vancouver urges young people to make pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016

Young adults display a wooden cross and laminated Stations of the Cross as they pray and sing in Cathedral Square March 28. It was part of an event in celebration of World Youth Day, which Pope John Paul II first instituted in 1985. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Young adults took their faith outdoors as they celebrated World Youth Day in Cathedral Square in downtown Vancouver. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Court blocks Israeli wall through West Bank
Retired Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas, stands in front of the Israeli separation wall near Jerusalem while he was on a prayer pilgrimage for peace in the Holy Land. CNS photo / Debbie Hill.
Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country's army from routing a security wall through Palestinian land in the West Bank. It would have separated 58 Christian families from their land. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Canadian Council of Churches writes to Prime Minister
CCCB President Gatineau Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher.
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) wrote an open letter April 6 to Prime Minister Harper urging a broader response to the crisis in Iraq and Syria than military intervention. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Coalition warns against assisted suicide

Archdiocese's newest building fills up twice for public seminar on euthanasia
Palliative care expert Margaret Cottle said if Belgium's statistics applied in Canada, assisted suicide would be the fourth leading cause of death. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Assisted suicide was the hot topic that drew hundreds to the first public event at the archdiocese's new headquarters. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Urbi et Orbi: Pope's Easter message
Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his Easter message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 5. CNS photo / L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters.
Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness! For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Heirloom seed project a gift of the Providence sisters to community
Cate Henderson, the resident gardening and seed saving expert at the Providence Sisters' motherhouse in Kingston, works in one of their heirloom organic gardens. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).

The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston, Ont., have found a unique way to honour creation through their Heirloom Seed Project. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sisters hope to build homes in Peru

Missionaries help with food distribution, house construction, and teaching English
Lucy and Bernadette Bonner are fundraising to go to Peru to serve the poor.
Photo submitted.

Two sisters have teamed up in a race against time to put their faith into action on a South American mission adventure. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Holy See, Russia, and Lebanon pilot a statement for human rights in Middle East
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem waves after celebrating Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 5. CNS photo / Ammar Awad, Reuters.
Sixty-three nations have released a joint statement calling for action to end human rights abuses in the Middle East. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Montreal cardinal passes away after long illness
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte.
Photo credit: CCCB.

For 55 years a priest, bishop, and then cardinal from Montreal defended the poor, participated in two papal conclaves, and cheered on his beloved Canadiens in person. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Victor over death to console marginalized: Pope

Vicar of Christ gives Urbi et Orbi message at Easter
Catholics hold umbrellas to ward off the rain in St. Peter's Square April 5.
Photo credit: AFP.
Below are excerpts from the English translation of the Pope's Urbi et Orbi (to the City and to the World) message from Easter Sunday, April 5.

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!

To enter into the mystery, we need to “bend down,” to abase ourselves. Only those who abase themselves understand the glorification of Jesus and are able to follow him on his way. The world proposes that we put ourselves forward at all costs, that we compete, that we prevail.

But Christians, by the grace of Christ, dead and risen, are the seeds of another humanity, in which we seek to live in service to one another, not to be arrogant, but rather respectful and ready to help. This is not weakness, but true strength! 

We ask Jesus, the Victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence.

May constant prayer rise up from all people of goodwill for those who lost their lives – I think in particular of the young people who were killed last Thursday at Garissa University College in Kenya – for all who have been kidnapped, and for those forced to abandon their homes and their dear ones.


May the marginalized, the imprisoned, the poor and the migrants who are so often rejected, maltreated and discarded, the sick and the suffering, children, especially those who are victims of violence; all who today are in mourning, and all men and women of goodwill, hear the consoling voice of the Lord Jesus: “Peace to you!” (Lk. 24:36).

For the entire message, go to Vatican Radio.

Essay contest gives Grade 5 students a lesson in giving

One learner won $5,000 in an essay contest for her local Habitat for Humanity
Ashley Sankaran-Wee (front row, left) presents a $5,000 cheque to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Feb. 12. The funds were part of her award as runner-up in an essay contest. Photo submitted.
Two young sisters are giving a noteworthy boost to families in need. Ashley and Caitlin Sankaran-Wee have contributed $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity in the past four years. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Pope Francis brings down hammer: 'Don't mess with children'
Pope Francis arrives to give his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square April 8. CNS photo / Tony Gentile, Reuters.
Pope Francis said April 8 that children are never a mistake, and called adults out for building faulty systems that leave children exploited and abandoned, rather than treated as the blessings they are. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

MP quits caucus to defend views on evolution
Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney at the 2014 National March for Life. / The Catholic Register.
MP James Lunney quit the Conservative Caucus March 31 to sit as an independent. Lunney says he wants to better defend the religious freedom of Christians facing mounting attacks and ridicule in Canada. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Popes and profs reconcile evolutionary science with faith

Popes and profs reconcile evolutionary science with faith



Trinity Western University biology professor Dennis Venema writes about a current controversy:
As population genetics information and its implications for interpreting Genesis have become more widely known among evangelical Christians, some apologetically-minded organizations and scholars have attempted to cast doubt on these lines of evidence.
Catholic Pacific College philosophy professor C.S. Morrissey has recommended the Thomistic approach to the theory of evolution that unites faith and reason:
As Fr. Nicanor Austriaco likes to observe, the explanatory framework of the theory of evolution is to modern biology what the doctrine of the Trinity is to Christian theology: i.e., one simply cannot rationally practice the discipline without adopting it.
The Thomistic approach sees no need for the miracles (i.e., God acting as a "magician") that creationism postulates on the level of secondary causality (i.e., God acting as a "demiurge," or craftsman, who alters the natural operations of secondary causality).

Rather, Thomism precisely distinguishes God's action as the primary causality that allows autonomous natural events like biological evolution to occur, as Pope Francis explained recently in remarks also reported by Morrissey:
“He created beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws with which He endowed each one, that they might develop, and reach their fullness. He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time in which He assured them of his continual presence, giving life to every reality. And thus Creation has been progressing for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until becoming as we know it today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who gives life to all beings.”
Morrissey's columns appeared in The B.C. Catholic as "Dominicans reconcile evolution with Catholic faith" and "Media misses memo: Church not fundamentalist".

Retreat centre opens exhibit on Easter mystery

The display features a photographic replica of the Shroud of Turin
An exhibit in Surrey is bringing part of the Easter story to life. A photographic replica of the Shroud of Turin, the linen believed to be Jesus' burial cloth, is on display at Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre.

The exhibit also includes presentations by Father Andrew Dalton, LC, from Rome, and local experts Phillip Weibe and Father John Horgan. It runs April 8-13.

St. Helen's pupils knit to spread kindness

Students make scarves, toques, and socks for the homeless
The St. Helen's Knitting Club gathers on Ash Wednesday with ashes in place. Bethany Borkowski (second from left) and Sarah Ruggier (third from left), guide students Alessia Giammaria, Maria Didak, Carmen Ballan, Neely Quan, and Isabella Nolletti. Nadia Piperni / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
Encouragement from a teacher does not usually lead to an idea for a knitting club! For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Pope Francis to inmates: 'I too need to be washed by the Lord'
Pope Francis, as Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008 at a church in a poor neighbourhood of the city. CNS photo / Enrique Garcia Medina, Reuters.
Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God's love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Priest finds end-of-life spiritual preparation lacking
Moral theology professor Father Kevin Belgrave speaks about end-of-life preparation in Toronto. Father Kevin Belgrave / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
Priests need to preach the Church's teachings on end-of-life issues more frequently to better spiritually prepare parishioners for the inevitable, Father Kevin Belgrave believes. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Archbishop Miller to celebrate annual Red Mass


Legal Guild will then host a dinner at Hyatt Regency
Gwendoline Allison
Prostitution is violence, said Catholic lawyer Gwendoline Allison, who is to be this year's keynote speaker at the dinner after the Red Mass. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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These nuns provide 'death with dignity,' and it's not assisted suicide
Sisters Carol Ferrucci, left, Maria Goretti Hung, and Margaret Regina Halloran prepare to distribute cake during a birthday party for centenarians at the Little Sisters of the Poor's Queen of Peace Residence in the Queens borough of New York. Eight residents celebrating 100 or more years in 2015 were honoured at the event. CNS photo / Gregory A. Shemitz.
As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, "death with dignity" looks markedly different for patients under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Winnipeggers show support for urban reserve
David Balzer of Canadian Mennonite University (left); treaty relations commissioner James Wilson; Leah Gazan, president of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg; and Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson. James Buchok, Prairie Messenger.
Within sight of Winnipeg's shiny new Ikea store lie dozens of abandoned buildings on acres of desolate land that First Nations say they are ready and able to transform into a neighbourhood with green space, retail shops and commercial property. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Popes and Thomists reconcile evolution with Catholic faith

Popes and Thomists reconcile evolution with Catholic faith



C.S. Morrissey writes about the Thomistic approach to the theory of evolution that unites faith and reason:
As Fr. Nicanor Austriaco likes to observe, the explanatory framework of the theory of evolution is to modern biology what the doctrine of the Trinity is to Christian theology: i.e., one simply cannot rationally practice the discipline without adopting it.
The Thomistic approach sees no need for the miracles (i.e., God acting as a "magician") that creationism postulates on the level of secondary causality (i.e., God acting as a "demiurge," or craftsman, who alters the natural operations of secondary causality).

Rather, Thomism precisely distinguishes God's action as the primary causality that allows autonomous natural events like biological evolution to occur, as Pope Francis explained recently in remarks also reported by Morrissey:
“He created beings and he let them develop according to the internal laws with which He endowed each one, that they might develop, and reach their fullness. He gave autonomy to the beings of the universe at the same time in which He assured them of his continual presence, giving life to every reality. And thus Creation has been progressing for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until becoming as we know it today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a magician, but the Creator who gives life to all beings.”
The columns appeared in The B.C. Catholic as "Dominicans reconcile evolution with Catholic faith" and "Media misses memo: Church not fundamentalist".

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Leaders debate roles of religion and secularism

Speakers of various faiths, including atheism, discuss freedom to worship during Our Whole Society event
Panelists Alia Hogben (left), Doug Todd, and Paul Marshall take questions from the audience during an interfaith conference at UBC Robson Square March 24. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
In a time when terrorist groups behead innocents in the name of Islam, members of religious groups in Vancouver met to discuss how Canada's vast religious landscape can exist in harmony. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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The blood of martyrs sustains the Church: Pontiff
Young men take a selfie with Pope Francis as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square April 1. CNS photo / Paul Haring.
Pope Francis, in his general audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Act for peace in Syria, says petition
Syrian refugee children at the Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan form the word "Syria" during an event to commemorate four years of the Syrian conflict, March 15. CNS photo / Muhammad Hamed, Reuters.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace launched a petition March 30, urging the Prime Minister to "act for peace in Syria." For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wildlife filmmaker manoeuvres rocky road of industry

Local Catholic directors reveal behind-the-scenes challenges in their moviemaking pursuits
Filmmaker John Banovich captures moose in B.C.'s northern Rocky Mountains. Ivo Vidak / Special to The B.C. Catholic. 
Focusing a camera on grizzly bears while camping in a tiny trailer in B.C.'s north makes filmmaker John Banovich feel closer to God. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Lack of murder charge 'A travesty of justice' after baby cut out of mother
Newborn baby Juwanda sleeps after in a hospital nursery. Juwanda is just two months older than Aurora, recently murdered. CNS photo / Lucas Jackson, Reuters.
The archbishop of Denver lamented the law's failure to protect all human life after it was announced that no murder charge would be filed in connection with a baby who died after being cut out of her mother's womb. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Catholic father of three worried about fate of dementia bill
Matt Dineen and his wife Lisa and their three children in a family portrait. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).
A Catholic father of three whose wife suffers from an unusual form of dementia, has expressed dismay the Conservatives are backing away from supporting a national dementia strategy. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dominican sister teaches that truth is a Person


Sister Gabriella Yi first considered religious life while seeking graduate studies in natural medicine
Sister Gabriella Yi, OP, leads a conversation during a Catholic Spirituality class in the small library at Catholic Pacific College. She said before joining the Order of Preachers, she had never considered becoming a teacher. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
When God hands out vocations, He also delivers enough grace to follow through with them, according to Sister Gabriella Yi, OP. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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Jews are leaving Europe; it's worse than you might think
Pope Benedict XVI exchanges gifts after a meeting with members of the Jewish congregation at the Reichstag, which houses the German parliament, in Berlin in 2011. The Pope spoke about the need to continue remembering the horror of the Shoah, the importance of continuing Catholic-Jewish dialogue, and the need for all believers in God to work together to bring moral values to society. CNS photo / Catholic Press Photos.
It may not be 1941, but Hitler's dream of a "Jew-free Europe" is taking shape, and it's time for the world to take notice, say human rights advocates. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Survey of religious Canadians says majority accept abortion on demand and euthanasia
Catholic parishioners gather for Sunday Mass in this 2010 file photo. According to results of a new survey, fewer Canadians embrace religion. CNS photo.
A new Angus Reid Institute survey released March 25 shows even religious believers embrace euthanasia, abortion on demand and "same-sex marriage" by solid majorities. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Migrant ministry consoles hospitalized farmers

Volunteers at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish help farm workers access sacraments and doctors
Connie Fabian (left) and another volunteer fold donated clothing for migrant farm workers. She is part of a group that also serves them meals, transports them to Mass, and helps translate in emergency rooms. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
Volunteers in farm worker ministry responded beyond the call of duty when they met a Guatemalan man with a severe eye infection. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.


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German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes arrives for a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican March 11, 2013. He has opposed recent comments by Cardinal Reinhard Marx and insisted on fidelity to Rome. Paul Haring / CNS.
A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the Church in the country can form its own policies without direction from Rome. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

Trauma of abortion discovered lurking in eating disorders group
Rachel's Vineyard founder Theresa Burke at the annual COLF seminar March 20. Deborah Gyapong (CCN).
The founder of Rachel's Vineyard, the world's largest post-abortion ministry, discovered her calling while leading an eating disorders support group. For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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