Roots of Change celebrates life of mercy

Fr. Jonathan Morris
June 15, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In his talk at a packed black tie event, American author Father Jonathan Morris said he wanted to deliver a similar message to what the late Father Denis Hebert would have said. Morris, who answered the call to the priesthood after spending time as a young man in Central America, delivered a speech entitled The Joy of Gospel Living: Answering Pope Francis' Call to Humility and Service, after learning about the work that Hebert was doing through his charity in Nicaragua. Referring to an inscription at the front of his recently-published book, The Way of Serenity, Morris said he wrote "Thank you Francis, for teaching me again that Jesus' way is simple: mercy, humility, truth and service."

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Encyclical on environment will take strong moral stand

June 15, 2015
BARBARA FRASER
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message – one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say. "The encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people's life and health," Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service.

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Prisoners deserve fullness of God's mercy – Francis

June 15, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis seems to describe his life in the Vatican almost as if he were in prison – at least as far as his freedom of movement goes. But that is not the first thing he cites when he talks about what he and prisoners have in common.

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Columbian activist says peace stems from overcoming fear

Rosa Emilia Salamanca
June 15, 2015
JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

To achieve true peace, people must look inside themselves and lose their fear, said a prominent Colombian peace activist. In addition, people must learn to listen, said Rosa Emilia Salamanca, who advised people to step outside their comfort zones to learn about others.

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Hard work needed to overcome legacy of cultural genocide

June 15, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which used the term "cultural genocide" to describe the experience of Aboriginal people in residential schools, said reconciliation within the country "is going to take hard work." In a 382-page summary report with 94 recommendations, the commission called for changes at all levels of society and government.

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Pettipas lauds TRC process for building bridges between whites, Aboriginals

Bentwood Box
June 15, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission process has been "very, very good for Canada," says the Alberta bishop who chairs the corporation of Catholic entities – dioceses and religious orders – that ran Indian residential schools. "It has brought to light the plight of our First Nations people in a way that allows non-native Canadians to recognize that the ills and problems of First Nations individuals and communities do have a history," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan.

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Conference shows lack of political will to abolish nuclear weapons

June 15, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – A month-long review of a key nuclear weapons treaty saw the nuclear powers stepping back from an opportunity to alter the status quo, much to the disappointment of Catholic peace advocates. The disappointment stems from the failure of the nuclear weapons states to heed the arguments of the advocates, nongovernmental organizations and non-nuclear nations on the moral imperative to more rapidly shrink weapons stockpiles.

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In Sarajevo, pope preaches necessity of forgiveness

Pope Francis
June 15, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Conflict and cruelty must be fought with tenderness, forgiveness and bearing Christ's cross, Pope Francis said. Bosnia-Herzegovina has experienced "a history of cruelty" and one that is seen in many conflicts around the world today, the pope told a gathering of priests, religious and seminarians in Sarajevo's cathedral June 6.

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Language on homosexuality should be inoffensive – bishop

Archbishop Eamon Martin
June 15, 2015
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The head of the Irish bishops' conference distanced himself from comments made by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke concerning Irish voters who backed same-sex marriage. Reacting to the May 22 poll, in which voters supported same-sex marriage by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent, Burke told the Newman Society, Oxford University's Catholic Society: "It's just incredible. . . . Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared say this was marriage."

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Church must better explain its teaching on homosexuality — priest

Fr. Paul Check
June 15, 2015
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church needs to make its teaching on homosexuality "accessible, understandable and compelling for people," said the director of a Church apostolate that ministers to homosexuals. Father Paul Check, director of Courage, said Catholics with same-sex attraction would be also more likely to "understand what the Church teaches if it became more plain to them that they have a place in the Church." Check aims to get that message across through the work of his apostolate, which particularly focuses on providing clergy training.

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