December 9, 2014

Such courage.

Sixteen Women

I never want to be defined by what someone has done to me. Yet at the same time, I have no shame about what I’ve lived or who I’ve become because of what was done to me. I am a strong, passionate, caring, empathetic, powerhouse woman. It’s important that the suffering ends with me. I tell my girls all the time that the world is good. I won’t allow anyone to take away my passion for life. And that is my greatest victory.

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Letters: 25 years later, reflecting on the Polytechnique Massacre

Montreal Gazette

The anniversary of the murder of 14 women at the Polytechnique saddens me immensely. Even 25 years later, I feel the same grief every year on Dec. 6 since 1989.

Writing this, I glance out the window at Saturday’s pale grey sky and it seems to so well convey the gloom of this anniversary, to reflect the mood I’m feeling.

The only benefit (if one could call it that) this day has for me is that it reminds me to reflect upon a subject often too horrible to contemplate; the incredible cruelty we humans can commit against one another.

As I watch the politicians light candles, make solemn speeches and once again repeat the same words they use year after year, I deplore the fact that some of them are only mouthing these words in the hope of scoring political points from those who feel authentic sorrow.

But I mostly think…

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A look at the faces of the #AmINext campaign

Global News

MONTREAL — An online campaign to raise awareness about the large number missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is gaining traction on social media.

READ MOREBy the numbers: Missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada

Those concerned about the perceived lack of political response to the issue are posting a selfie with a three-word question for Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

“Am I next?”

Inspired by the Inuktitut term of endearment ain, Holly Jarrett launched the “Am I next?” campaign on Sept. 5 in order to build support for a public inquiry into the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.

Jarrett is the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student from Halifax whose body was found in New Brunswick earlier this year.

READ MORENo endorsement…

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The gathering of the Eastern Christian Churches in Canada

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Invite you to a peaceful massive rally in solidarity with the victims of violence in Syria and Iraq, the persecuted religious minorities, especially Christians of the Middle East.

Canadians of all backgrounds and faiths, you are invited to share these moments to denounce this religious genocide.

Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014

From 17:30 to 19:30

Location: St-Sauveur Cathedral

10025 Boulevard de l’Acadie

Schedule:

– Prayer.

– Walk To Marcelin-Wilson Park.

– Vigil with candles continues until 7:30 p.m.

Ps: Only Canadian flags, candles and posters prepared by the organizers will be allowed.

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Sudanese woman sentenced to death gives birth in prison

He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47)

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Finally, the week has arrived for Pope Francis to visit Jordan and the Holy Land. In order to encourage you to stay united in prayer with the Pontiff, we are offering you a text which tells the story of Msgr Marcuzzo, the Vicar of Israel’s Latin Patriarch, while he was a seminarian 50 years ago and when Paul VI visited the Holy Land.

United through prayer for the poor and suffering Church,

Robert Lalonde & the ACN Canada Team

The Holy Land

“Pope Francis is a real model of the priesthood”

By Oliver Maksan, ACN International

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When Pope Paul VI visited the Holy Land, Auxiliary Bishop Marcuzzo was still only a seminarian. But to this day he remains impressed by the visit. Now, 50 years later, other seminarians are preparing for the visit of a new Pope.

Returning to the sources – this was the goal Pope Paul VI had set himself when in 1963 he revealed to the astonished Council Fathers his plan to visit the Holy Land. “The pilgrimage of Pope Paul VI was the key to the understanding of the Second Vatican Council, and conversely, it is not possible to understand his visit without the Council. The return to the beginnings, to the Holy Places of the Faith, to the simplicity of the Gospel – all these things are expressed in his pilgrimage and in the Council.” This is the conviction of Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, who was speaking recently to ACN.

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A Sudanese woman sentenced to death after marrying a Christian man reportedly gave birth to a girl in prison, a month earlier than her due date.

The condition of her Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s newborn daughter is not known.

The Omdurman women’s prison where the 27-year-old is being held in isolation has only a basic clinic.

According to the Guardian, Ibrahim has been held in shackles at the facility, in Khartoum, since her conviction.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy — or renouncing of religious (Muslim) faith — earlier this month and sentenced to death by hanging.

She was also convicted of adultery for marrying a Christian man, and was handed a punishment of 100 lashes (she was charged with adultery because it’s prohibited for Muslim women to marry Christian men under the country’s strict Islamic law).

Her lawyer is hoping for an appeal against her sentence, which Sudanese officials say won’t be…

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We Wait in Hope

Touching and tender words by CND Sheila Sullivan about Sister Gilberte Bussière, also a CND who was recently abducted in northern Cameroon along with two Italian priests. We wait and hope and pray.

My Weekly Reflections

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My heart is heavy as I begin to write this blog. It has been four days since we learned the very sad news that one of our Sisters and two Italian priests had been abducted in northern Cameroon. We continue to wait in hope and to pray for our Sister, the priests, their respective families, our Sisters in Cameroon, and those responsible for this deed, that their hearts will be touched with compassion. The news of this event has shocked and saddened all the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame, but it has also brought us together. Like all “families” we sometimes have our differences. Personality and cultural differences can create tensions, but when one of our members or an area of our Congregation suffers, we all suffer. This was true at the time of the Tsunami in Japan, and it is very real now. There is a…

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Chanting a Christmas countdown

CNS Blog

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis gave a plug for the “O Antiphons” in his homily today, urging people to recite these beautiful expressions of longing for the coming of the Messiah.

He said these prayers get people in the right spirit of humility, to empty their hearts of “sterile” pride, so they can be filled with God’s grace.

The  “O Antiphons” are seven prayers that are recited on the days immediately before Christmas, beginning Dec. 17. They introduce the Magnificat, or canticle of Mary, at evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

The prayers — scriptural texts just a few lines long, begin with “O” and include the desire for Christ to come.  He is addressed by a different traditional title for the Messiah on each of the seven days to connect the coming of Christ with the prophetic writings of the Old Testament.

This video offers a running…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dear HOLY FATHER

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SILENT VOICE

Joins the World, in Wishing our

Dear HOLY FATHER

POPE FRANCIS

A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY…

POPE FRANCIS...

Papacy began 13 March 2013
Predecessor Benedict XVI
Orders
Ordination 13 December 1969
by Ramón José Castellano
Consecration 27 June 1992
by Antonio Quarracino
Created Cardinal 21 February 2001
by John Paul II
Personal details
Birth name Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Born 17 December 1936 (age 77)
Buenos AiresArgentina
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