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Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria

Last updated on March 17, 2016

In order to mark the 5th anniversary of the war in Syria, Pax Christi International has issued a call for “Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria”, with a special focus for this coming Sunday, March 20. The English, French and Spanish versions of its “Prayer for the People of Syria” are provided in the attached PDF documents. More information on the “Global Call for Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria” is available on the website of Pax Christi International at http://www.paxchristi.net/. The information will also be posted on the CCCB website.

PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA

Almighty and all powerful God,

creator of the world

We bring before you all those caught

up in the conflict in Syria.

We pray for an immediate ceasefire, for

an end to violence against all civilians.

Give humanitarian organizations the space to assist

the needs of those living in poverty and...

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Ukrainian Easter Eggs An Ancient Art Form

Last updated on March 9, 2016
Ukrainian Easter eggs, pysanka, are not just a colorful work of art they are full of Christian symbolism. “These designs are symbols of Christ’s Resurrection and eternal life,” said Eleanor Bernakevitch of St. Athanasius Parish who was hosting an Easter Egg workshop Saturday March 5. She gave the PM a description of the designs, their meaning and the tools required to “write” on the egg. It’s an ancient tradition, said Bernakevitch, that has been going on since about 500 A.D. According to the internet, the tradition evolved from a pagan tradition that paid tribute to the natural world. The meaning of the designs was changed over time to align with traditional Christian beliefs. One does not “color” Easter Eggs, the designs are written on the egg using beeswax and dyes. Pysanka means to write, explained Bernakevitch. Before dyes were available colors came from nature, “yellow came from an onion peel,” said Bernakevitch, “orange came from cheese, red from beet juice, green from spinach... Read More

End of Life Care in Catholic Care Homes

Last updated on March 7, 2016

It’s here and we simply have to deal with it. Physician Assisted Suicide, euthanasia, compassionate alleviation of the suffering and pain or whatever euphemism you wish to put on it, is simply killing people.

The Supreme Court gave the new Liberal government a four-month extension to get a law in place and supposedly somewhere in the bureaucratic complex that is government, someone or some group is trying to put something together. The current law against such procedures is still in force but it’s not being enforced.

All the attention has been on individuals suffering terminal illnesses but so far no one has looked at the long term effect this could have on society.

Long term care homes are full of people requiring varying degrees of care. Some are suffering terminal illnesses; some are deteriorating with dementia or Alzheimer’s, some are in what appears to be in a vegetative state (that’s a subject for a future blog) and considering all the suggestions of what...

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A Young Adult Ministry Coordinator position is available at Good Shepherd Parish in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

To download job description click here

Martha House - Vacancies

Last updated on February 29, 2016
MARTHA HOUSE - a Home for Retired Priests  and Seniors Men and Women has vacant rooms. We are accepting those can descend and ascend stairs independently. (Level 1)   It has conducive rooms and  it is a beautiful and serene place for Seniors who love to PRAY . We have daily recitation of the Rosary and daily Masses. Martha House offers the lowest and affordable cost in the city. For more information contact :  Sr. Jessica or Debra Kirkpatrick 306-5450509 Martha House 1855 2nd Avenue North Regina, SK S4R 0Y1 Martha House is a Registered Charitable Institution  

Nash Lecture Dr. Kieran McEvoy

Last updated on February 29, 2016

REGINA……..It took politicians moving out of their comfort zone and “adult conversations” to finally end the conflict in Northern Ireland said Dr. Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University, Belfast. McEvoy was the Nash Lecturer held February 23 in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College, University of Regina.

The Lecture was titled Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland.

Genome Editing

Last updated on February 29, 2016

Scientists are getting closer to what appears to be their goal of playing God.

The latest comes from an article in the February 15 issue of Time Magazine that say the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of the United Kingdon (HFEA) has given permission to a scientist to begin experimenting genome editing on human embryos DNA using a new editing tool that is simple, easy to use and effective. The tool is called CRISPR-Cas9 and allows the user to find and correct mutations that can lead to deadly diseases.

Genome editing has been done successfully on animals and there are reports that Chinese scientists have done some editing using human embryos. Some scientists have called for a moratorium on DNA editing in human embryos but others say if successful it could be a “medical Miracle” that could cure all manner of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. That’s all well and good but it could also be used to edit out factors that effect quality of life or even design...

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The Siege of Aleppo

Last updated on February 25, 2016

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.

International aid groups have tried to get into the city with supplies to alleviate the suffering and every once in a while there is an announcement that an agreement has been reached to allow convoys into the city but the agreements mean little as the various factions fighting each other haven’t sopped killing each other.

It’s a siege. The city is surrounded. Apparently some people can get out, it’s one of the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis, while...

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“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

to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this

reason, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to

everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness.

After receiving the Good...

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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. Themes addressed will include the role of truth recovery; the closely linked theme of amnesties and immunities in return for such truth recovery; the potential and limitations of prosecuting people for past-related offences; the role of ex-combatants and ex-prisoners; the experience of victimhood and the particular difficulties associated with hierarchies of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' victims; and... Read More

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