I acknowledge and thank the Lkwungen People for allowing me to live, pray, work, and play on their lands. I am deeply sorry for the injustices inflicted upon the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Turtle Island by the complicity of Governments & settlers, including the Catholic Church, in the colonialism inherent in the Indian Act and Residential Schools including racism, neglect, many forms of abuse & cultural genocide. I commit to work for truth, healing and reconciliation.
“Who among us is not affected by a Pope who says, “I dream of an ecclesial communication that knows how to let itself be guided by the Holy Spirit, gentle and at the same time prophetic … a form of communication founded on humility in listening and parrhesia in speaking, which never separates truth from charity.” ”
Franciscan Voice Canada tries to do just that!
2. SHARE LENT CREATE HOPE - STAND FOR THE LAND
Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., popularly known as Padre Melo with environmental activist Berta Cáceres, a land defender, who was murdered in 2016. Learn More...
For the inspiring story of this brave man, Padre Melo: Learn More...
Berta Cáceres, a brave Lenca indigenous woman and winner of the 2015 Goldman prize for environmental defenders, was shot dead two days before her 45th birthday by hired hitmen on 2 March 2016 after years of threats linked to her fearless work to defend the Gualcarque River, its surrounding environment and people and her & their opposition to the 22-megawatt Agua Zarca dam. The Guardian...
In Canada the Wet’suwet’en also want to protect the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River) and face legal and RCMP enforcement of injunctions sought by Coastal Gas Link whose project goes against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — something both the province and federal governments support — by violating the community’s ability to provide free, prior and informed consent.
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Week 3, March 7:
“Every purchase is a moral act” (Pope Francis)
Make My Money Matter Presents ... No Nasty Surprises
On 1st June 2021, Make My Money Matter hosted the world's first Net Zero Pension Summit. See the video (1 hr 50 min) Co-hosted by Briton Richard Curtis and Canadian Mark Carney) featuring senior leaders from the financial world – the summit discussed how the $50 trillion invested by pension funds globally can help tackle the climate emergency.
4. POPE’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Sculpture by Timothy P. Schmalz
1) Your name Francis, just like that
2) Your humility and simplicity
3) Return to the centrality of the Gospel
4) The tenderness and vigour with which you govern the Church
5) The gift of a year dedicated to mercy
6) You have made the peripheries the centre of the Church
7) Wanting a fraternal world and a fraternal Church
8) Entering into a synodal process
9) The recognition of martyrdom in Latin America and other continents
10) You challenge Franciscans to live their charisma and mission
Women's way: Pope opens path for more women at Vatican, in church
In his 10 years as pontiff, Pope Francis Pope Francis has sought to include more women in the work and governance of Vatican commissions and Roman Curia offices. Today there are 1,165 women working at the Vatican compared to 846 in 2013, making up 23.4% of the total workforce, according to Vatican News March 8 [International Women’s Day]. When it comes to roles in the Roman Curia, more than one in four employees is now a woman.
Personally, I, Andrew, am in favour of women’s ordination. As a layman, this applies to me: Canon 212 §3.
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1 September- 4 October
LET JUSTICE AND PEACE FLOW
“Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.”
The cry of creation on the loss of biodiversity
Start thinking and planning now!
What can you and your fraternity and/or parish do?
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