The siege of Aleppo, has been going on since 2012. There are so many factions involved in the fighting it’s difficult to name them. Alliances change depending on who is ahead in the battle but the bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of people have left the once prosperous and World Heritage City and hundreds of thousands more are said to be trapped inside and starving. It’s been called by some a modern day Stalingrad calling to mind the siege of that Russian city during WWII in which thousands died of starvation.
“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13).
The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee
1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized
In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I asked that “the season of Lent in this
Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s
mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17). By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and
encouraging the initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful
listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word. The mercy of God is a proclamation made
Campion College presents the 36th annual Nash Memorial Lecture entitled Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland, and delivered by guest lecturer Kieran McEvoy, PhD. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College, University of Regina (main campus). Admission is free. Complimentary parking is available in lots 3M and 17M.
Using the Northern Ireland experience as a case-study, the lecture will focus on some of the most formidable challenges faced by societies emerging from conflict.
In another life I, with Scott Schill, Leader-Post City Editor at the time, Toarr Springstein who was with Saskatchewan Department of Northern Development I think it was called, were on a fishing trip to Lloyd’s Lake. It took close to 12-hours to drive the almost 900 kilometers from Regina to La Loche and we were to fly out to Lloyd’s Lake as soon as we got there.
We loaded our gear onto the Cessna 180, Toar got into the front seat, Scott and I in the back and we roared off over the water, but the aircraft said forget it this is too heavy so Scott and I were deposited back at the dock. Toar was a big man, even by today’s standards of football players. He was a retired guard or tackle from the Roughriders.
REGINA…..Be the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World was the theme for the 2016 version of World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held January 24 at Living Spirit Centre. It was also the topic of homilist Father Gary Kuntz but he also included ecumenism in his homily. The Living Spirit Centre is one example of ecumenism among non-Catholic Christian faiths: it includes three churches, East side United, St. Philips Anglican and Bread of Life Lutheran.
Each year Christians in one country develop an order of service which is used all over the world. This year it was Christians in Latvia who developed the order of service.
Camp Monahan is in search of a hardworking, energetic individual who has a passion for cooking. The individual will be required to execute and coordinate the planning, purchase, storage and preparation of all kitchen & meal needs for the Camp Monahan camping season. It will be necessary for all meals and snacks to follow the Canadian Food Guide to Healthy Living. In collaboration with the Food Services Board Chair, a weekly meal plan will need to be created to meet a set budget prior to the start of camp.
This time it’s Syrians who will add to the colorful mosaic that is this province of Saskatchewan.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s it was largely Europeans who arrived on the bald prairie and proceeded to turn this Great Lone Land into today’s productive and prosperous paradise. They turned it into the “bread basket of the world.” The population grew exponentially. They brought with them their language and culture which formed the basis of our society.
World War II refugees and immigrants gave our province a brief bump in population. Most came out of war torn Europe and they gave a boost to the previous European immigrants integrating their language and culture to society increasing its richness.
This Christmas, as a counterpoint to the destructive forces of misery and terror that we have witnessed these past months, we must not forget that goodness abounds! More than not forgetting, let us be ready to point it out when we see it.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 24th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2016 (11 FEBRUARY 2016)
Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, The twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick offers me an opportunity to draw particularly close to you, dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for you.
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It is no coincidence that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name. The original Francis of Assisi heard a call from Christ to “Save My Church” which at the time was having all sorts of problems. So Francis gave up what is described politely as his wayward life, gave away his possessions and even his clothes we are told and proceeded to become St. Francis of Assisi.
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