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Despite the many conflicts disturbing the peace of the world, including the war in Syria and the Russia-Ukraine impasse, retired Canadian senator Douglas Roche maintains the world is moving to a more peaceful state. That's the premise of his new book Peacemakers: How People around the World are Building a World Free of War. "I'm not saying that everybody in the world is living in harmony or that violence has ended or that suffering is eliminated. What I am saying is that more people are freed from the physical act of warfare than ever before," Roche said in a recent interview.
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Priests must acquire the smell of sheep by being close to their flock and attentive to their needs, Archbishop Richard Smith said, relying heavily on an image popularized by Pope Francis. Speaking to a large crowd from every parish in the Edmonton Archdiocese at the April 14 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, Smith challenged priests to go out of themselves to be close to their people and to make their flock's difficulties, fears and pain their own.
Bundled up in tuques and warm coats, several hundred people defied the cold, snowy weather and attempted to take to Edmonton’s inner city streets on Good Friday to commemorate Jesus’ death and pray for an end to injustice. However, organizers decided the streets were too slippery and held the entire procession in the block in front of Hope Mission, Edmonton’s largest emergency shelter, at 9908-106 Ave. Be Not Afraid was the theme of the 34th annual Way of the Cross, which saw people pray at each stop for an end to the injustices and a betterment of the lives of the poor and vulnerable. It was mostly students from Archbishop O’Leary High School who carried the cross from one stop to the next.
Is there anything sacred about the soil? Is there holiness in meals we share? Does our Catholic religious imagination extend to how we nourish ourselves and our families? The bishops of Ontario want people to think and pray about the food they pluck from grocery store shelves – to look past the packaging and consider how soil, water, energy and labour combine to provide us with everything from a five-course feast to junk food indulgence.
Remember and reflect on the first moment you recall having encountered Jesus, Pope Francis urged the congregation in a packed St. Peter's Basilica in his homily during the Easter Vigil. Referring to the Easter account from the Gospel of St. Matthew, the pope noted how the women who went to Jesus' tomb were told first by the angel and then by the risen Lord to await him in Galilee and tell the disciples to go as well.
Christians of every stripe have heard or read of four-year-old Colton Burpo's trip to heaven. The easy-to read book – crafted by Colton's father Todd and New York Times Writer Lynn Vincent – held court on The New York Times bestseller list for three years. So it is natural a movie would follow. Much of the initial storyline is the same in the film. Colton lives with his mother and pastor/volunteer firefighter/ garage door salesman father and sister Cassie in rural Nebraska.
Few groups went through as much change because of the Second Vatican Council as did diocesan priests. This would not be apparent from reading any history of the four years of Vatican II. While there was much controversy over the theology of bishops' collegial authority and a lot of attention was given to the role of the laity, priests seemed to be the forgotten ones.