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Settlement agencies seek more gov't support

January 25, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - As thousands of Syrian refugees land in Canada, Catholic settlement agencies are asking governments for money and programs to help our newest neighbours build successful lives. Catholic Cross-Cultural Services of Toronto has renewed calls for Ottawa to revive its abandoned Host program, which would pave the way for more volunteers to help new arrivals navigate life in Canada.

Ethiopian drought worsens

January 25, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As the worst Ethiopian drought in 60 years threatens as many as 20 million people living in Africa's second largest country, Catholic aid agencies in the desperate nation are asking for help as the crisis continues into 2016. "We can do more if more resources are available," CST-Together country representative Patricia Wall said in an email to The Catholic Register. "The needs are enormous." CST-Together stands for Catholic Social Teaching Together and is a joint project of three Catholic aid agencies in Ethiopia.

Christian leaders come together to pray for unity

Brian Holdsworth

January 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton Christian leaders began the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity imploring God for unity and thanking the Lord for their Christian identity and vocation. "We pray this year with the Christians of Latvia, who have prepared this service, in the hope that we may grow in our communion with our Lord Jesus Christ and with all our brothers and sisters aspiring to unity," the Rev. Kevin Kraglund of St. Patrick's Anglican Church said. Kraglund spoke at the beginning of the prayer service at First Presbyterian Church, 10025-105 St., Jan 17.

Happy-go-lucky Oblate lightened life with his sense of humour

Fr. Maurice McMahon

January 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT - Oblate Father Maurice McMahon, a beloved missionary to Aboriginal people across Alberta, was a well-known preacher and a pioneer in the development of the Star of the North Retreat House in St. Albert. As well as recruiting retreatants for events at Star of the North, McMahon preached on a variety of topics, including spirituality and marriage.

Papal visit to synagogue a mutual display of warmth

Pope Francis

January 25, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME - While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said. Interrupted repeatedly with applause at Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17, the pope said the Church "recognizes the irrevocability of the Old Covenant and the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."

Modern popes enter the lion's den

Pope Francis

January 25, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Before he was elected pontiff, Pope Francis had a reputation for not liking to do interviews. "Really, I don't give interviews. But I don't know why. I can't, that's just how it is. I find it a bit tiresome, but I'm grateful for your company," he told the more than 70 journalists accompanying him aboard his first papal flight.

Vancouver lay women invent a new form of consecration

Patricia Ballard

January 25, 2016
JOSH TNG
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - A group of women have heard the call to consecrate themselves to Christ, but not as religious. "It's a specific calling, though not a call to the religious or monastic life. Women who are called to be Daughters of the Church are not called to be anything but themselves," said Patricia Ballard.

Parish tries to close marijuana dispensary

Mildred Moy and Richard Lange

January 25, 2016
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

A proposed marijuana dispensary has members of St. Mary's Parish in Vancouver worried about the impact on their community. More than 1,800 signed a petition asking the City of Vancouver to not approve the Scooter Health Society's application to sell the drug at 3441 Kingsway. "This is something that is really in my heart," said Mildred Moy, the head of St. Mary's street ministry, who launched the petition.

Pope Francis urges teens to prepare hearts and minds to celebrate jubilee of mercy

January 25, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Don't fall into hate and fearmongering; make new friends instead, and always show concern for others, Pope Francis told the world's teens. "Be brave and go against the tide, be friends of Jesus, who is the prince of peace," the pope said in a message for the Jubilee of Mercy for Young People.

Designer urges Church to update evangelization

Brian Holdsworth

January 25, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brian Holdsworth was born in 1982, which makes him a millennial. In typical millennial fashion, when asked to speak at a recent prayer breakfast, he googled: "How to do public speaking." He opened his keynote address with a joke he found on Google. Like a good millennial, in this age of obsession with sharing information, he is anxious to share what is important to him, which has led him down the path of evangelization.