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Communities coming together for Reconciliation – Kairos

Feb. 19th, 2019 On June 9th, 2018, Vancouver Monthly Meeting gathered with the Vancouver Unitarian community on unceded Musqueam and Coast Salish territory in a beautiful intergenerational Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool developed by KAIROS, an ecumenical network of ten churches (including Canadian Yearly Meeting) focused on ecological justice and human […]

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 201973 Views

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Anne’s Survivor Calls for Pope to Apologize for Church’s Role in Indian Residential Schools

THUNDER BAY, ON (February 20, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler supports the efforts of Residential School Survivor Evelyn Korkmaz who will call for Pope Francis to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in the Indian Residential School System during the Vatican’s 2019 global bishops meeting to address clerical sexual abuse in Rome […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 201952 Views

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Making ministry Indigenous – Anglican Journal

February 19, 2019 Since the missionaries arrived, there has been a disciplined and dedicated attempt to make Indigenous churches look, act and feel like their non-Indigenous counterparts. We can say, once and for all, it was a failure. It isn’t that Indigenous congregations don’t have the means or capacity to mimic their counterparts. From the […]

by ahnationtalk on February 19, 201944 Views

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Ecumenical Leaders Urge Senate to Pass Bill C-262

“Now is our chance to breathe life into…public affirmations [of the Declaration] through tangible action.” Moderator Richard Bott and Executive Minister Maggie Dieter (Indigenous Ministries and Justice) have joined with leaders of nine other churches and religious organizations in a letter to all senators, urging them to vote in favour of Bill C-262, The United Nations Declaration […]

by pmnationtalk on February 13, 201952 Views

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Music program boosts kids’ self-esteem, decreases suicide risk in Indigenous communities – Anglican Journal

January 30, 2019 A community project in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ohsweken, Ont., is helping fight the Indigenous youth suicide epidemic through the power of music.  Canon Norman Casey, who served the Six Nations Anglican Parish as priest before his retirement, has been involved with Music for the Spirit since its inception about seven years ago. The idea grew […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201998 Views

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TRCM Partners with Mennonite Church Canada to Produce New Book: Essays Being Solicited

January 18, 2019 The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM) and Mennonite Church Canada have partnered to produce a new book, Nanabush and Buddha Link Arms: Why Treaties Matter to Religious Communities. Essays are being solicited. More information is available on the attached document. Read More: http://www.trcm.ca/trcm-partners-mennonite-church-canada-produce-new-book/ NT5

by pmnationtalk on January 21, 201971 Views

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Needs Improvement: Educators make progress on Indigenous curriculum, but more work to do – The Catholic Register

December 13, 2018 In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to include more study on Indigenous issues in school curriculum, it appears educators across the country are taking the recommendations to heart. In its second report card on how Canadian provinces have responded specifically to TRC Call to Action #62 — “to […]

by ahnationtalk on December 14, 201864 Views

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Canadian bishops talk with pope about abuse policy, indigenous peoples – National Catholic Reporter

Vatican City — The leaders of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said the concerns of the indigenous peoples in Canada and the bishops’ updated sexual abuse policies were among the issues they spoke about with Pope Francis. Each of those issues is an ongoing concern that is “dear to his heart,” Bishop Lionel Gendron […]

by ahnationtalk on December 11, 201869 Views

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CoGS roundup: Hiltz calls for apology for ‘spiritual abuse’ of Indigenous people – Anglican Journal

December 6, 2018 The Anglican Church of Canada should apologize to the country’s Indigenous people for having “demonized” their traditional spirituality, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told Council of General Synod (CoGS) November 24. “There’s a need to do something by way of an apology, and we need to do […]

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201883 Views

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Speaking Out: How can I be a part of reconciliation? – The Catholic Register

November 14, 2018 I love my Church, but I admit I have at times found it difficult dealing with its sins against the Indigenous community. One of those times was last month, attending a panel discussion at St. Boniface Cathedral on reconciliation. Hosted by the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, it featured several leading voices in […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201867 Views

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Parliament of the World’s Religions 2018 Media Highlights

TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2018  – The Parliament of the World’s Religions officially opens tomorrow. The Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest global interfaith gathering, will be held in Toronto from November 1 – 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The gathering will welcome close to 10,000 delegates from 80 countries, representing nearly 200 […]

by ahnationtalk on November 1, 2018106 Views

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A higher level of spiritual consciousness’: U of T at the Parliament of the World’s Religions – UofT News

At a time when global society seems to be more divided than ever, more than 10,000 people of some 200 faiths are expected to come together at the Metro Convention Centre starting tomorrow for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. And U of T will be very much a part of the proceedings. The forum […]

by ahnationtalk on November 1, 201890 Views

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BR Que Secularism – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire Oct 10, 2018  MONTREAL – The incoming Coalition Avenir Quebec government is facing criticism for saying it has no intention of removing the crucifix from the legislature. Some say that’s a double standard as it plans to crack down on some civil servants who wear religious symbols. Simon Jolin-Barrette, a […]

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 2018124 Views

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Brave Spaces Conference to feature Stoney Nakoda speaker – Cochrane Eagle

Tony Snow to discuss parallels between indigenous spirituality and Christianity Are we truly inclusive? That’s the theme of one conference coming this weekend which hopes to address the issue of making inclusive spaces for people of all ranges of diversity. The Brave Spaces Conference, set for Sept. 28 and 29 and hosted at the United […]

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 2018106 Views

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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, 2018135 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, 2018139 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, 2018186 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, 2018129 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, 2018159 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, 2018209 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, 2018171 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, 2018153 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, 2018152 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, 2018134 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, 2018144 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, 2018164 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, 2018175 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, 2018164 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, 2018203 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, 2018157 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, 2018194 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, 2018393 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, 2018203 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, 2018287 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, 2018190 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, 2018242 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, 2018202 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, 2018196 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, 2018239 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, 2017295 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, 2017237 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, 2017294 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, 2017357 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, 2017304 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, 2017332 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, 2017379 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, 2017323 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, 2017454 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, 2017421 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, 2017356 Views

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