THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED FREDERIC JANSSOONE
On August 5, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Frederic Janssoone. Born in 1838 in the North of France, he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1864 in Amiens and was ordained a priest in 1870. In 1881, Father Frederic made his first trip to Canada to establish an annual collection for the Holy Places and to submit to the Bishops a plan for the Commissariat for the Holy Land in Canada. He paved the way for the reestablishment in Canada of the Order of Friars Minor, which had ceased to exist with the death of the last Recollet in 1812. Father Frederic travelled from one parish to another in several Quebec dioceses, and went door-to-door selling his works. The profit from his sales went toward the establishment of several communities of consecrated life: the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, the Poor Clares, the Franciscans of Trois-Rivières, and the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood of Joliette. He died of stomach cancer in Montreal on August 4, 1916. Father Frederic is buried in Trois-Rivières. He was beatified by Saint John Paul II on September 25, 1988.
Death of Father Fernand Tanguay, O.P., former CCCB Assistant General Secretary
Father Fernand Tanguay, O.P., died in the Philippines on May 29, 2015, at the age of 82. The funeral took place on June 4, 2015 at the Santo Domingo Convent in Manilla. Father Tanguay was Assistant General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops between 1993 and 1997. After being Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, he became a Dominican in the Philippines and was ordained priest on June 11, 2011.
A Church in Dialogue – Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society
(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new resource to coincide with the conclusion of the month of Ramadan (Id al-Fitr, July 18), entitled: A Church in Dialogue: Catholics and Muslims in Canada : Believers and Citizens in Society. In a letter introducing the document, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, explains that "the pamphlet is meant to help Canadian Catholics better understand their Muslim neighbours." This is the first time the CCCB has published a resource on relations between Catholics and Muslims in Canada.
Message for 2015 World Tourism Day
The 2015 World Tourism Day will be celebrated this September 27. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has released its annual Message, on the theme One billion tourists, one billion opportunities. The Pontifical Council states that "we are in a phase of change in which the way of moving is changing and consequently the experience of traveling as well. Those who go to countries different from their own do so with the more or less conscious desire to reawaken the most hidden part of themselves through encounter, sharing and confrontation. More and more, a tourist is in search of direct contact with what is different in its extra-ordinariness."
Link to the Message (PDF)