Canadian Catholic - Hindu dialogue discusses atheism
The national Catholic – Hindu dialogue met on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Scarboro Mission, in Toronto. The topic for discussion was "The new atheism and the spiritual but not religious phenomena -- responses from the Hindu and Catholic communities". The Hindu Co-Chair of the dialogue, Dr. Tinu Ruparell from the Department of Classics and Religion of the University of Calgary, and Keshava Sharma, Communications Director for ISKON Toronto, presented reflections from the Hindu perspective. Father Mark Gatto, a Roman Catholic priest and Pastor of St. Matthew's Parish in Oakville, Ontario, along with Ms. Nisheeta Menon, an educator with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, presented reflections from the Catholic perspective. After each presentation, the entire dialogue group was invited to provide a response.
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: examples of how dioceses and others are responding
In response to the invitation by Pope Francis for all the Church to join today in the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Canadian dioceses and local faith communities have joined the Holy Father in praying for creation. The Archdiocese of Québec has provided a video message from Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix. In the Archdiocese of Montréal, a bilingual ecumenical prayer service is taking place at 7:00 p.m. in Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. The Archdiocese of Toronto has circulated the prayer for creation on its social networks. The Bishop of Saskatoon, the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, has also invited the faithful to unite in prayer for creation. The Most Reverend Michael J. Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, issued a statement, also inviting those in the Archdiocese to pray for creation and to join in a special Mass at the Cathedral. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, joined with St Joseph's Supper Table and Parish in prayer for respect for creation. Celebrated on September 1 annually, beginning this year, the World Day of Prayer coincides with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Link to the video message of Cardinal Lacroix (in French only)
Link to the statement of Archbishop Miller
Link to the Encyclical Laudato Si'
A Church in Dialogue – The Catholic Church and Interreligious Dialogue
(CCCB – Ottawa)... To mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relations of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate (promulgated in 1965), 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 entitled: A Church in Dialogue: The Catholic Church and Interreligious Dialogue. This 12-page resource presents the origins of Nostra Aetate and its impact on interreligious dialogue, both in Canada and abroad over the past 50 years, and most notably the renewed relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people. As the document states, "Nostra Aetate offers a vision of hope and a model of respectful, meaningful interaction. It marked a critical beginning point for contemporary interreligious dialogue for Catholics...."
THE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY OF BLESSED DINA BÉLANGER
On September 4, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Blessed Dina Bélanger. When she was 24, she entered the novitiate of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Sillery, Quebec. She received the religious habit the next year under the name of Marie Sainte-Cécile de Rome, and made temporary vows on August 15, 1923. She pronounced perpetual vows on August 15, 1928. The following April, she had to enter the infirmary. She died on September 4, 1929, at the age of 32, the victim of pulmonary tuberculosis which had first been diagnosed in the spring of 1926. Dina Bélanger was beatified by Saint John Paul II on March 20, 1993, at the same time as Saint Claudine Thévenet, the founder in France of the religious congregation to which Dina belonged.