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Father Raymond J. de Souza: At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, symbols abound. Progress? Not so much – National Post

Sixty-six of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘calls to action’ are either not started or just at the proposed action stage Public discussion about the “calls to action” from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have moved from distraction to distraction. In the spring it was about whether Pope Francis should visit to repeat, in […]

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 201844 Views

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Organizers hope sharing circle at church aids reconciliation process – Brandon Sun

Organizers behind a monthly sharing circle at Knox United Church are hoping to aid in the reconciliation healing process through cross-community relationship building. “That connection to the (Indigenous) community wasn’t there, and yet the church was willing and wanting to live out the apology somehow,” said sharing circle facilitator Susie McPherson. “I thought the sharing […]

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 201845 Views

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United Church Meets to Chart a New Path

TORONTO, July 19, 2018  – The United Church of Canada gathers at Durham College + University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, for its 43rd General Council (July 21–27, 2018), bringing together over 350 commissioners (delegates) from across the country to make some of the most important decisions in the church’s history. Among the […]

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 201869 Views

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Vatican opens door to apology for Catholic Church’s role in residential schools – Globe and Mail

July 12, 2018 The Vatican’s ambassador to Canada says Pope Francis is opening the door to an apology to the country’s Indigenous people for the abuse of children at Catholic-run Indian residential schools. A papal apology was one of the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent years investigating the […]

by ahnationtalk on July 12, 201862 Views

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Pope committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples: nuncio – The B.C. Catholic

OTTAWA—Pope Francis is committed to contributing to the process of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, says the Vatican’s representative to Canada. Addressing the issue for the first time since the Canadian bishops indicated in March that a papal visit was not imminent, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi acknowledged a “lively discussion” had taken place concerning a papal […]

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201865 Views

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Fire destroys 112-year-old church on Peepeekisis First Nation – 20 CKRM

June 18, 2018 A weekend fire destroyed the United Church on the Peepeekisis First Nation. The Balcarres fire department was called in Saturday night, but were unable to contain the fire, and the church was destroyed. The cause is under investigation. Originally built in 1906, the church was one of the oldest on a Saskatchewan […]

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 2018103 Views

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Some Catholic orders still withholding promised residential school records – CBC

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation memo says it’s still waiting on 3,000 photos Jun 01, 2018 Some Catholic orders have still not turned over promised records to the research centre created as a repository for the documented history of residential schools, according to a memo provided to CBC News. The National Centre for Truth […]

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 201886 Views

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Ottawa asks Church coalition to help get papal apology – The B.C. Catholic

May 30, 2018 OTTAWA – The Minister of Indigenous Affairs has asked the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a coalition of Catholic groups, to help government efforts to obtain a papal apology for the Church’s role in residential schools. “As an essential component of healing and reconciliation, the survivors of Canada’s Indian residential schools and […]

by ahnationtalk on May 30, 201867 Views

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Memorial planned for Long Lake 58 church site – CBC

Church of the Infant Jesus destroyed by fire last week May 28, 2018 The chief of Long Lake 58 First Nation says her community plans to make sure they don’t forget the historic church that stood on the community’s territory for nearly 70 years. The Church of the Infant Jesus was built on the First […]

by ahnationtalk on May 28, 201858 Views

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MPs vote overwhelmingly to call on Pope again for residential schools apology – 980 CJME

May 02, 2018 OTTAWA — Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons voted Tuesday to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash […]

by ahnationtalk on May 2, 201861 Views

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Indigenous Relations minister asks bishops to meet with residential school survivors over papal apology – CBC

MPs debate motion calling on Pope to apologize; motion to be voted on next week Apr 26, 2018 Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is asking the head of the organization representing Canada’s bishops to meet with residential school survivors to discuss Pope Francis’s decision not to issue an apology for the institutions. Bennett’s office sent […]

by ahnationtalk on April 27, 201870 Views

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Lack of bishops’ consensus, concerns over cost behind Pope apology decision: Archbishop – CBC

Pope John Paul II’s 2002 visit to Toronto left Canadian Catholic Church with $36M debt Apr 26, 2018 A lack of consensus among Canadian bishops played a role in Pope Francis’s decision to deny a request that he visit Canada and apologize to Indigenous Peoples for residential schools, according to the Archbishop of Regina. The […]

by ahnationtalk on April 26, 201883 Views

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Police files, historical documents show link between Catholic hierarchy and residential schools – CBC

Memo written in Latin seized by OPP was addressed to Catholic order’s headquarters in Rome Apr 25, 2018 When the Ontario Provincial Police raided the Oblates of Mary Immaculate offices in Ottawa in 1995, they seized a number of documents including a file containing a memo written in Latin and addressed to the order’s leadership […]

by ahnationtalk on April 26, 201896 Views

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Motion on papal apology fails to get unanimous consent – The Catholic Register

OTTAWA – A motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to invite Pope Francis to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in abuse at Indian Residential schools failed to get unanimous consent April 18 in the House of Commons. NDP MP Charlie Angus expressed disappointment that one backbench Conservative MP had blocked […]

by ahnationtalk on April 19, 201889 Views

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Bishops try to clarify Pope’s refusal to apologize for residential schools – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Apr 17, 2018  OTTAWA _ The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says it’s incorrect to suggest that Pope Francis is refusing to apologize to survivors of Canada’s notoriously abusive residential schools. The conference has sent a background paper to MPs and senators in a bid to clarify what it characterizes as “misunderstandings and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 2018105 Views

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CCCB President communicates Important Updates to Indigenous Peoples in a Letter on Behalf of Bishops

The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., has issued a letter to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The letter indicates that Pope Francis, after carefully considering Call to Action # 58 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and discussing the matter extensively with the Bishops of Canada, felt […]

by pmnationtalk on April 18, 201887 Views

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No apology from Pope ‘a setback’ to P.E.I.’s Indigenous people, chief says – CBC

‘One would think that a leader leads by example and does what is right’ Apr 09, 2018 The leader of the Abegweit First Nation Chief Brian Francis says he was “shocked, dismayed and hurt” that the Pope has refused to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools. Chief Francis is a Catholic, and […]

by ahnationtalk on April 10, 2018102 Views

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Editorial: Pope Francis should apologize to Indigenous Canadians – Hamilton Community News

It’s disappointing and more than a little puzzling to learn Pope Francis will not apologize for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school tragedy. It’s disappointing because so many of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit survivors of those misguided, destructive institutions sincerely want to hear an official statement of regret from the […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 2018237 Views

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Murray Sinclair Warns Pope’s Stance On Residential Schools Apology May Hurt Church – Huffington Post

“The shame of those who abused children in their institutions in the past is now theirs to wear.” OTTAWA — Sen. Murray Sinclair says Pope Francis’ decision to not apologize for the role of the Catholic church in residential schools is a “setback” that may affect the institution itself. Sinclair served as the chief commissioner […]

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 2018122 Views

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Disappointment over Pope’s decision not to apologize for residential schools – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 28, 2018 By Geordon Omand THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ Catholics have a role to play in continuing to urge Pope Francis to apologize for the role the church played in running Canada’s residential schools, Crown- Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday after the pontiff publicly declined to accept responsibility for […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 2018188 Views

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Pope says he can’t personally apologize for church role in residential schools – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Mar 27, 2018  By Mia Rabson THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA _ Pope Francis will not apologize to residential school survivors and their families for the role the Roman Catholic Church played in operating the schools or the abuses suffered by their students. A papal apology was one of the 94 recommendations from the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 28, 2018109 Views

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Squamish First Nation deacon taking Indigenous issues to Rome – The Catholic Register

VANCOUVER – A Squamish First Nation deacon is looking forward to his chance to bring the concerns of local Indigenous people to Rome. Deacon Rennie Nahanee, the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s co-ordinator of First Nations ministry, is one of two people chosen to represent Canadian clergy at a conference in June. “I got a call from […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 2018150 Views

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Statement of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate

MONTREAL, March 23, 2018 Further to the news article published today, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate state as follows : “The Oblates of Mary Immaculate are shocked and saddened by the troubling testimonies. We note the courage shown by the alleged victims. These testimonies warrant our attention and compassion. To begin, the Oblates of Mary […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 2018117 Views

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Sask. Archbishop calls on public to address ‘systemic racism in our society’ – CBC

Archbishop Don Bolen says ‘we have to stand in solidarity’ with Indigenous peoples after Stanley verdict Feb 22, 2018 Many have weighed in on what Gerald Stanley’s trial and subsequent acquittal means going forward for people living in Saskatchewan and for reconciliation efforts. Regina’s Archbishop Don Bolen said he doesn’t think the verdict will have […]

by pmnationtalk on February 22, 2018129 Views

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Griffin: On faith and stewardship – Alaska Highway News

January 14, 2018 According to the theological principle of stewardship, humans are commissioned by God to care for all of creation, which includes animals and the environment. In the Christian religions that forcibly ushered in so many Aboriginal peoples, there is a belief that man is steward of the earth. When God created heaven and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2018128 Views

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Catholic institutions supporting Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 – Last week, on October 24, the Presidents and Rectors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) presented their report regarding the work being done across Catholic campuses in Canada to support Reconciliation. This report was presented to Senator Murray Sinclair at a national breakfast held in Ottawa. Senator […]

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2017227 Views

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Que Religious Neutrality – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Oct 24, 2017 4:00 Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee is expected to provide further details this morning about how the government’s controversial Bill 62 will be implemented. The law bans people from giving or receiving public services if their face is covered. The legislation has been widely derided, with critics saying it […]

by pmnationtalk on October 24, 2017154 Views

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A Call to the Church from The National Consultation on Indigenous Self-Determination

A Call from Warm Springs As brothers and sisters in The Lord gathered in Pinawa, MB for The National Consultation on Indigenous Self-Determination, we have grounded our work in the story of The Road to Emmaus. In an Indigenous version of the New Testament it is known as The Road to Warm Springs. Like the […]

by aanationtalk on September 25, 2017217 Views

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NWT parish set to open new church – Catholicregister.org

After a long and arduous journey, Sacred Heart Church in Fort Simpson, N.W.T., is rising again. The old church, nearly 90 years old and beyond repair, was demolished five years ago. A new $1.3-million church will open its doors next month — thanks to support from the Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Hamilton, […]

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 2017261 Views

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Yukoners weigh in on Housing Action Plan progress at forum – CBC

‘We have staff people working at CTFN who don’t have homes. We’ve got a terrible overcrowding issue.’ Jul 13, 2017 Progress has been made on creating more affordable housing in the Yukon, according to attendees of a poverty and housing forum taking place this week, but at least one First Nation is saying there’s a […]

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 2017227 Views

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Poll reveals split, but advocates push for apology on residential schools – The Catholic Register

July 13, 2017 Canadians are sitting firmly on the fence when asked whether a papal apology for the sins of the residential school era would do any good in reconciling Indigenous Canadians with the immigrant majority. But Aboriginal Catholics are certain an apology from the Pope on Canadian soil would mark a new beginning after […]

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 2017254 Views

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Elder Shirley I. Williams to Speak at Lakefield United Church Hall, Sun. July 16, 11am.

July 07, 2017 Lakefield, ON – Elder Shirley Williams, pictured here with the late Richard Wagamese at the 2014 Lakefield Literary Festival, is the invited guest speaker for the 2017 Festival at Lakefield United Church Sunday, July 16 at 11am. Shirley Ida Williams nee Pheasant (Neganigwane) is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin […]

by pmnationtalk on July 10, 2017281 Views

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Media Advisory: Controversial United Church Congregation Calls on Federal Government to Honour Treaties with Indigenous Peoples

TORONTO, June 21, 2017  – On June 26 the West Hill United Church (WHUC), will launch a petition calling on the Government of Canada to honour both the spirit and the letter of the treaty relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples in Canada and challenging it to take immediate action to address inequities between Indigenous […]

by pmnationtalk on June 26, 2017246 Views

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PWRDF: Mapping a future of reconciliation

It’s been almost two years since the completion of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and Canadians of all stripes are coming to terms with its 94 calls to action. The Anglican Church of Canada has embraced reconciliation and is directing all undesignated gifts to its Anglican Healing Fund. Besides contributing money, how do we […]

by pmnationtalk on June 19, 2017304 Views

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Canadian bishops remain mum on invitation for papal apology – The Catholic Register

OTTAWA – Canada’s bishops are being tight-lipped regarding a possible papal visit in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request that Pope Francis apologize in Canada for the Church’s role in the residential school scandal. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will not say whether it has issued a formal invitation to the Pope […]

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2017343 Views

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Parishes, First Nations communities mourns sudden death of beloved pastor – Catholicregister.org

June 6, 2017 NORTH VANCOUVER – Parishes and First Nations communities from B.C. to Ontario are mourning the death of Fr. John Brioux, OMI, an Oblate priest with a deep spirituality and love for his flock. “He just gave it his all and he was much beloved by all the people,” said Fr. Robert Haggarty, […]

by ahnationtalk on June 7, 2017267 Views

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Bishops look for healing at missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry – The Catholic Register

The road to healing is long, but it is a destination Canada’s bishops hope can be reached by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The long-awaited public meetings into what Bishop Douglas Crosby describes as a “horror” began May 29 in Whitehorse “We have written a letter very much in […]

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 2017235 Views

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Residential school survivors, leader in favour of papal apology – StarPhoenix

The Pope has a moral responsibility to apologize for the abuses children suffered at Indian residential schools run by the Catholic Church for more than 100 years, says Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN.) “They have a moral obligation. It’s their godly duty, if you want to call it that. […]

by ahnationtalk on May 30, 2017225 Views

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Christ Church Cathedral launches $ 8 million-dollar fundraising campaign

MONTREAL, May 30, 2017  – For the first time in more than 125 years, Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral is appealing to the wider community to help save its mission to the public and the building that makes that mission possible. The Major Fundraising Campaign has a goal of $8 million, to preserve the spire, interior and […]

by pmnationtalk on May 30, 2017244 Views

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Prime Minister Trudeau and Pope Francis discuss reconciliation at the Vatican – CP

Source: The Canadian Press May 29, 2017 By Joanna Smith THE CANADIAN PRESS VATICAN CITY _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Pope Francis discussed reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples during a private meeting at the Vatican. In a statement, the Vatican said the pair also talked about conflicts in the Middle East, religious freedom and current ethical […]

by ahnationtalk on May 29, 2017311 Views

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Canada a primary target for human trafficking, says expert – Catholic Register

Human trafficking has become a billion-dollar industry that is projected to overtake arms sales as the most lucrative illegal business in the world, said international expert Sr. Imelda Poole. “At the moment it is second but it is rapidly overtaking guns and arms and it has already overtaken drugs,” said Poole. “Many drug traffickers are […]

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 2017307 Views

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New Video: Kitchi Blanket Exercise

May. 24, 2017 Please share this video with your network. Let’s all ‘show up’ on June 2, to participate in the largest Mass Blanket Exercise ever! #reconciliACTION150 Read More NT5

by pmnationtalk on May 24, 2017271 Views

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Beloved Edmonton priest told, once again, it’s time to move on – CBC

But Sacred Heart church congregation vows another fight to keep Father Jim Holland May 24, 2017 Two years after Father Jim Holland’s parishioners won the battle to keep him at Sacred Heart church, they’re planning to start another fight after learning he’s being moved on. Holland has been informed by Catholic church leaders that he’s […]

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 2017261 Views

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Trudeau to ask Pope to apologize over residential schools – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire May 19, 2017  OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system. Trudeau is expected to raise the issue during a one-on-one meeting with the Pope when he visits Vatican […]

by ahnationtalk on May 19, 2017348 Views

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Suggestions on residential school burial sites and Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – CCCB

May 10, 2017 The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), in consultation with the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council and Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, is proposing that Catholic dioceses/eparchies, parishes, missions and organizations offer assistance on two key issues which are of special importance to Indigenous People and of concern for all Canadians: 1. Identifying, […]

by pmnationtalk on May 11, 2017273 Views

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Alberta judge’s faith plays its part in delivering justice – The Catholic Register

May 10, 2017 EDMONTON – As a judge at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Debra Yungwirth makes decisions that have serious impacts on the lives of individuals and their families. Many of the matters she hears are heart-breaking and at times her task has seemed overwhelming. But Yungwirth has an extra advocate with her […]

by ahnationtalk on May 10, 2017253 Views

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KAIROS Times: May 2017 – Kairos

One Month to the Kitchi Blanket Exercise! KAIROS Blanket Exercise Youth Exchange with Guatemala expands to include Canadian tour Winds of Change blow in Manitoba Let Justice Roll: campaign update May is a month of action for mining justice “These blankets hold history” NAFTA renegotiations must be done through the lens of climate change Wi’am […]

by ahnationtalk on May 8, 2017260 Views

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A discussion of religion – Queen’s University

April 18, 2017 Queen’s University Faculty of Education hosts multi-faith panel. The horrific shooting at the mosque in Montreal earlier this year touched many people around the world, including Queen’s University professor Ted Christou (Education). “The day of the shootings, the event made me think about people practicing their own religion and what an incident […]

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 2017240 Views

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Catholic Missions honours Sr. Davidson for missionary work – The Catholic Register

April 7, 2017 Sr. Mary Jeanne Davidson knows first-hand the importance of trust. It is not something that comes with the job. It needs to be earned and that is often a slow process. That has been a primary driving force for her work in First Nation communities for the last 15 years. On April […]

by ahnationtalk on April 7, 2017207 Views

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General Synod appoints reconciliation animator – Anglican Church of Canada

Taking another step towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has appointed Ms. Melanie Delva as its reconciliation animator, effective June 1, 2017. Ms. Delva currently serves as Archivist for the Diocese of New Westminster and the Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon, a position she […]

by pmnationtalk on April 6, 2017285 Views

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