Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Local Eastern Rite bishop reflects on pope meeting

Bishop Nowakowski spoke on the topic of married priests

Canadian Archbishops Richard Smith of Edmonton, Alberta, Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Diocese of New Westminster, British Columbia, are pictured in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome March 27. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
The Ukrainian Prelate of New Westminster, British Columbia, spoke with Crux about his recent meeting with the pope March 27-31. About 22 Canadian bishops participated in the meeting, discussing with the Holy Father several issues, including assisted suicide, youth, and the gathering of bishops.
"The very first words [Pope Francis] said to us were 'I understand that being a bishop is a very difficult task, and I want to thank you, and I want you to share with me what you're experiencing in your homes, and allow me to talk to you as a pastor," said Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski of the Ukrainian Diocese of New Westminster, British Columbia.
For the rest of the article, as well as Bishop Nowakowski's reflection upon the unique challenges and blessings for married priests, click here.

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