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Pope visits Auschwitz in silence to honour Holocaust victims

Pope Francis

August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of history. The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fields and empty barracks lined by barbed wire fences, remnants of a horror that remains embedded in history.

Francis praises Refugee Olympic Team

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world. Naming each of the team's athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia, Pope Francis said he had read some of the interviews with team members "so that I could get closer to your lives and your aspirations."

Inter-religious centre encourages harmony, unity

August 15, 2016
LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RIO DE JANEIRO - The inter-religious centre for athletes at the Olympic Village aims to encourage harmony and unity among different nations and religions, says the Catholic priest coordinating the service. The centre will host not only group meetings and Masses but also will offer individual guidance to those who seek religious support. "Athletes who seek these types of services come not only for spiritual guidance, but to find emotional balance before they compete," said Father Leandro Lenin Tavares.

Joyce Tutt to receive Kevin Carr Award

Joyce Tutt

August 15, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Joyce Tutt, a tireless supporter of Catholic charitable causes and a passionate volunteer in her parish and community, is being honoured by Newman Theological College as this year's recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award. The award, named for the first layperson to serve as president of the college, recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as president.

Little-known Quebec Franciscan may be Canada's next saint

Blessed Frederic Janssoone

August 15, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

QUEBEC CITY - Canada owes him the return of the Franciscans, the founding of the country's largest Marian sanctuary, and the development of strong and lasting ties between the French Canadians and the Holy Land. Yet, 100 years after his death and although he might become Canada's next saint, Blessed Frederic Janssoone still remains largely unknown to many people even in Quebec.

Follow path of God's 'craziness'

August 15, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history. "Today's world demands that you be a protagonist of history, because life is always beautiful when we choose to live it fully, when we choose to leave a mark," the pope told young people at the World Youth Day prayer vigil July 30.

Bishops deplore failure of gov't aid to reach Christians

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Most Western humanitarian aid is failing to reach the thousands of Christians who have fled their homes as Islamic State fighters have swept through Iraq and Syria, say three Middle Eastern bishops. "It's time for election (in the United States) and also it is time to rethink American policy in the Middle East," Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, said at the annual Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto.

Ouellet applauds pastoral approach of 'Amoris Laetitia'

Cardinal Marc Ouellet

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Cardinal Marc Ouellet, whose writings were once strongly identified with resistance to any change to the ban on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, has given a ringing endorsement to Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation. "In all honesty, I think that controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable," Ouellet, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, told about 2,000 Knights of Columbus gathered in Toronto for their annual convention.

Hayes of Halifax rooted in Vatican II teaching

Archbishop James Hayes

August 15, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Halifax Archbishop-emeritus James Hayes, one of the last remaining Canadian participants in the Second Vatican Council, died in Halifax Aug. 2. He was 92. Hayes attended the first session of Vatican II as the secretary of Halifax Archbishop Gerald Berry, and became a council father for the final session in 1965 when he had become an auxiliary bishop. He was named archbishop of Halifax after Berry's death in 1967, retiring from the position in 1990.

Multiculturalism is an opportunity, not a threat, pope tells youth

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KRAKÓW, POLAND - Aware of the risk of being accused of spouting platitudes, Pope Francis called on young people to model for adults the paths of mercy and respect, and then demonstrated what he meant. "Today we adults - we adults - need you to teach us, like you are doing now, how to live with diversity, in dialogue, to experience multiculturalism not as a threat but an opportunity," the pope told young people gathered for a prayer vigil July 30.