Pope Francis supports international campaign One human family, food for all
As had been indicated last week, Pope Francis has now given his support and blessing to the Caritas Internationalis campaign on world hunger. His video message was released at the beginning of the global campaign, December 10, 2013, by CTV, the Vatican television service. Last week, on December 5, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) announced it will join Caritas Internationalis in its special focus on world hunger. The global campaign is being launched today with a worldwide “wave of prayer”, marking International Human Rights Day. The theme of the Caritas Internationalis campaign is “One human family, food for all”. This will also be the theme for the 2014 Share Lent campaign being organized by Development and Peace.
Link to Pope Francis’ video message and text
Link to a promotional video for the wave of prayer
Christmas Message 2013
This year, I feel like wishing my friends a 'lucid' Christmas. It's a beautiful word which comes from the Latin 'lucidus', illuminated, well-lit. It applies well to the Christmas season with its candles and votive lamps, its colourful light bulbs, its glowing hearths and shining windows as families and friends gather late into the night. It also recalls the glory of the angels in the darkness of a field near Bethlehem, announcing the birth of him who would one day call himself 'the light of the world' (Jn 8:12). It evokes the star that guided the Magi who came from so far away to that encounter that would fill them with joy (Mt 2, 10).
Jubilee officially opens for the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec
At the conclusion of the Sunday Angelus, December 8, 2013, in St. Peter Square, Rome, Pope Francis extended his best wishes and blessing for the opening of the jubilee year marking the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec. The first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories, it is today Quebec City’s cathedral parish. The celebrations began with the official opening of a Holy Door, presided by the Most Reverend Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada. The Holy Door, a gift of the Holy See, is the seventh in the world. There are four in Rome, one in Ars-sur-Formans, France, and one in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, making this the first outside Europe. Visitors can pass through the Holy Door starting today, December 9, and for the duration of the jubilee year.
CCCB President’s letter upon the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter to the Most Reverend Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, on the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela. In his letter, Archbishop Durocher wrote that “here in Canada, we revere him as a man of integrity, who used political power to better the lives of those he served, who urged all people to overcome hatred and division so as to focus on each person's inherent dignity and strive for the common good.”
Link to the letter (PDF)
Link to the Pope’s message of condolences