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Year of Consecrated Life: Message from Msgr Parent

"At the approaching outset of the Year of Consecrated Life, which will be on the first Sunday of Advent (November 30, 2014)," Msgr Parent, Vical general of the Archdiocese of Montreal, welcomes "with great joy this gift of a favourable time."

In his message, he writes: "My heart is filled with recognition for the immense work that has been accomplished by the people of consecrated life. They have contributed greatly in building Quebec, Canada, and, in particular, the Archdiocese of Montreal."

Msgr Parent pays a "special tribute to the communities that came from abroad, especially those from France, and also to the numerous groups of consecrated life founded in Quebec and, in particular, in Montreal."

Link to the message: 
http://diocesemontreal.org/

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WACC Launches Online Video Series

WACC has launched a section of its website featuring short video clips on key themes related to communication rights. Called WACCTalks, they are intended as discussion starters or as part of more in-depth presentations with the aim of highlighting important aspects of global, regional and local debates.

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) is an international organization that promotes communication as a basic human right, essential to people’s dignity and community. Rooted in Christian faith, WACC works with all those denied the right to communicate because of status, identity, or gender. It advocates full access to information and communication, and promotes open and diverse media.

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Inauguration of the Père-Louis-Trempe Nature Reserve

On October 31, 2014, the Saint-Joseph Oratory in Montreal inaugurated the Père-Louis-Trempe Nature Reserve. 

"The status of Nature Reserve attributed to this territory, which has been owned by the Oratory since the 1940's, allows the preservation of this wooded area's integrity and natural character, as well the maintenance of its biological diversity."

"With an surface of nearly 1.1 hectares (nearly 11 000 square meters), this green space is home to many animal and plant species, and its conservation will protect the habitats of vulnerable species and species of special interest."

For further information go to: http://www.saint-joseph.org/en

Source: Saint-Joseph Oratory

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"A Church in Dialogue"

(CCCB – Ottawa)... "To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio in November, 2014, (1964-2014), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, has published the following document: A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians."

"This publication provides an in-depth presentation of the Church's commitment to ecumenical dialogue and is intended for those already involved in, and familiar with, ecumenical work." 

"This new resource is available on the CCCB website as a downloadable PDF which can be printed and distributed without charge."

The official launch of this document will take place on November 9, 2014 at the St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto. The launch will involve an ecumenical prayer service and lectures starting at 7:00 p.m., jointly organized by the Anglican - Roman Catholic dialogue of Canada (ARC) and the Anglican - Roman Catholic Bishops' dialogue of Canada (ARC-B). The event will be live-streamed on Salt + Light Television Network's website and rebroadcast for television viewing.

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Symposium on Mining Extraction and Justice

OMI Lacombe Canada’s Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is pleased to invite you to attend and participate in a two-day symposium on responsible mining. 

The Cry of the People: Extractive Industries and Global Justice will be held all day Friday, November 7th and on Saturday morning, November 8th, 2014 at St. Paul’s University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, Ontario." The keynote speaker will be the world-renowned theologian Father Gustavo Gutierrez.  

"The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, including Canadian Oblates, work in many countries like Kenya, Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru, where issues of responsible mining come before our missionary members and the people they serve.  For this reason, we have asked the Office of JPIC OMI Lacombe to work with several partners in the church and civil society who have long experience in these issues to organize a symposium on mining and social justice."

For further information and to register, go to: http://www.omilacombe.ca

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Highlights

CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014

The Radical Welcoming of the Other is the central theme of this issue of the CRC Bulletin. This theme was chosen as a follow-up to the CRC 2014 General Assembly.

In the editorial, Sister Rita Larivée, SSA, states that "the CRC 2014 General Assembly challenged us to intercultural living and summoned us to navigate cultural boundaries for the sake of mission in our world today. Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSP, emphasizes that invitation to and inclusion of community members from cultures that are not our own are not enough for today; we must arrive at radical welcome of the other within our midst."

To access the CRC Bulletin click on this link:
CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014

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New Release: Living with Limits, Living Well!

Living with Limits, Living Well! Hints for Heighbours on an Endagered Planet is produced by the Jesuit Forum for Social Justice and Faith.

Written by: William F. Ryan, SJ and Janet Somerville with Anne O'Brien, GSC and Anne-Marie Jackson.

"Living with Limits, Living Well! is a popular-style workbook for small groups to engage on the interconnectedness of spirituality, ecology, poverty and inequality."

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Development and Peace: Educators trip to Peru

This past summer, Development and Peace organized an educators' trip to Peru. A group of Catholic school teachers, along with some family members and friends took part in the trip. 

Anne-Marie Lavoie writes: "The watchword given to the 16 pilgrims is openness: openness to others, to a different culture, cuisine, to ways of doing things that are different from the “gringos” which we are. From teachers, we become apprentices: the Peruvian women show us how to prepare empanadas, pies and other desserts that we will sell at the market, bellowing the prices in our broken Spanish, how to make traditional necklaces and bracelets, but especially to take the time to experience life. In this country, the here and now and human relationships take on their full significance. We have time for real exchanges, we reconnect with the essential."

Anne-Marie Lavoie shares her expérience:
Open and download this PDF document:
Educators trip to Peru

Bake sale at the market
Photo: Kathleen Ladouceur, DP and CESAVI

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