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Bishop Fred Henry

Christmas douses crossfires among relatives, co-workers

Bishop Fred Henry

December 23, 2013

A recurring theme of the feasts, stories and songs of Christmas is reconciliation – vertical and horizontal reconciliation. We experience being forgiven by God and others. We are also empowered to forgive others, ourselves, and even God. The alienated and the estranged are united.

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Truth and Reconciliation – justice denied

Bishop Fred Henry

September 30, 2013

The purpose of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is to tell Canadians the story of the policy of the Government of Canada regarding "Indian Residential Schools" and the impact it had on aboriginal children and their families.

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Respect, courtesy matter in life, at Church

Bishop Fred Henry

June 10, 2013

When I was seminarian, one of our compulsory courses was our half-hour Saturday night etiquette class. After a full week of facing the rigours of philosophical or theological study and reflection, this was a necessary, rather light subject but a hard discipline.

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Abortion myths obscure need for a new law in Canada

Bishop Fred Henry

March 18, 2013

In Kia's Super Bowl ad (which we weren't able to see on Canadian television stations), a son asks his father where babies come from. The father (behind the wheel of a new Kia Sorento) is so distressed by the question, he concocts a story about how babies come from a distant planet called Babylandia.

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Canada builds on the hope of Haitians

Bishop Fred Henry

February 4, 2013

The Year of Faith, declared by Pope Benedict is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Saviour of the world" (Porta Fidei 6).

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Kenyan mothers helped by doctors, Church

Bishop Fred Henry

October 15, 2012

Every year, it is estimated that 500,000 women die in childbirth and pregnancy in the developing world and nine million children die before their fifth birthday. Many of these deaths could be prevented by ensuring access to public health care and services.

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The voice of conscience follows God's will

Bishop Fred Henry

May 28, 2012

Thomas, I'll have no opposition," warned Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. The scene in Robert Bolt's play takes place in Sir Thomas More's garden. Henry has just learned that More does not support his plans to unmake his marriage.

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Millennium goals fall short on delivery

Bishop Fred Henry

April 23, 2012

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. The pledge became the eight Millennium Development Goals:

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Calgary plays games with city homeless

Bishop Fred Henry

February 20, 2012

This song, same tune as Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, tells the story of several children on a merry-go-round that - in a sadistic twist - collapses because so many children are riding it. The circle game that accompanies it is similar to the one for Ring Around the Rosie.

"The merry-go-round goes 'round and 'round,
The children laughed and laughed and laughed,
So many were going 'round and 'round,
That the merry-go-round collapsed."

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So whose birthday is it anyway?

Bishop Fred Henry

December 5, 2011

An eight-year-old boy named Jason lived in the land of puzzling tales where the unexpected always happened.

Instead of football, they played knee-ball; instead of children going to school, the teachers went to homes. In the summer, it was not uncommon to see the water freeze; in the winter, leaves grew on the trees. It was a strange place.

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