Toronto celebrates ‘Pope John Paul II Day’, April 2, 2015
To commemorate Pope John Paul II Day on April 2, 2015, the City of Toronto will host a ceremony at 1:00 pm recognizing the late Pontiff, and raise the Vatican flag on the city's courtesy flag pole in Nathan Phillips Square. In addition, a student choir from Saint John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough will perform at the event, which will include remarks by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto.
Aid to the Church in Need offers a Way of the Cross for Syria
The Catholic international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) offers on its website a Way of the Cross in solidarity with the people of Syria. For each of the 14 Stations of the Cross, ACN offers a short prayer to highlight the suffering and the challenges facing the country's Christians who are among the many victims of a civil war that has now lasted four years.
Link to the ACN's Way of the Cross
April 2, Canada’s "Pope John Paul II Day"
April 2, the day of the death of Saint John Paul II, is civilly recognized in Canada as "Pope John Paul II Day". The Parliament of Canada last year passed Bill C-266 which received Royal Assent on December 16, 2014, recognizing Saint John Paul II as a champion of human dignity and freedom. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) joins all Canadians in honouring the memory of Pope John Paul II and celebrating this exceptional human being.
To mark the day, the Diocese of Hamilton has prepared a special web page designed to promote and celebrate this commemorative day. For social media, a Facebook page is also available at this address: https://www.facebook.com/JPIIDayinCanada.
Humanitarian crisis in Syria: ‘Giving Hope through Solidarity 2011-2015’
It has been four years since the beginning of the civil war in Syria. This humanitarian crisis now affects more than 12 million people, not counting the 3.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled mostly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has contributed more than $13 million to projects for Syria, including funds from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. In a special report entitled "Crisis in Syria: Giving Hope through Solidarity", CCODP outlines the projects it has supported since 2012, directly helping 80,000 families through its Caritas network partners in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.