The War in Ukraine - A Call to Prayer, Fasting and Action
The Ukrainian Rite Catholic Bishops of Canada have a pastoral letter, translated into 3 languages. This letter, addressed to the faithful of Canada and to people of good will, was published on 17 October 2022. It is an invitation to a response of faith to the war currently taking place in Ukraine.
The Laudato Si Action Platform will be launched on November 14th. It allows Catholic parishes, schools, families to take tangible steps so that their actions reduce their impact on God's Creation, our common home. Each group will create a 7-year plan. The platform is easy to use, allowing you to obtain a certificate later.
This project is very close to my heart, since I have been a member of the Laudato Si Platform for Action working group (led by the Vatican) since last March. Interacting with Catholics from all around the globe has been a rewarding experience that will soon bear fruit.
I also take this opportunity to announce that the Green Churches Network is the official partner of the Laudato Si Platform for Action in Canada. For 15 years now, this charity has been helping churches to care for our common home through concrete actions and a spirituality based on integral ecology.
Diocesan Officer for Creation Care Ministry
Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil (near Montreal)
Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of the Holy Father Pope Francis –
On Fraternity And Social Friendship
Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti Oct. 3, 2020, during a visit to Assisi, when the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. “Fratelli tutti,” the encyclical’s opening words, means “All brothers” in Italian. The phrase is taken from the writings of St. Francis, one of the major inspirations for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, on fraternity and social friendship. The full text of the encyclical was released on Oct. 4, 2020 the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Below are links to the full text of the encyclical letter and some useful links and resources:
Complete Letter - Fratelli Tutti - On Fraternity and Social Friendship
An overview of the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Quick key guide to the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Questions and Answers to the Encyclical - Fratelli Tutti
Video on the Encyclical Letter
Fratelli Tutti Of the Holy Father Francis
On Fraternity and social Friendship
What is it ?
Chapter 1 Summary:
Dark Clouds over a Closed World
Chapter 3 Summary:
Envisaging and Engendering an Open World
Chapter 5 Summary:
A Better Kind of Politics
Chapter 7 Summary:
Paths of Renewed Encounter
Chapter 2 Summary:
A Stranger on the Road
Chapter 4 Summary:
A Heart Open to the Whole World
Chapter 6 Summary:
Dialogue and Friendship in Society
Chapter 8 Summary:
Religions at the Service of the Fraternity in our World
Short videos responding to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
A series of short locally-prepared videos about “Finding the Gifts in a World of Choices” have been produced in Saskatchewan under the direction of a Saskatchewan bishops’ advisory committee, thanks to financial support from the Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation. Two new videos – one focused on L’Arche and one on Suicide Prevention – have been added to the first two short videos released earlier on Palliative Care and on Care for the Elderly. All four can be found online at: www.findingthegifts.ca . Please watch and share! Please click to view: