Universal: Centrality of the Human Person
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
Catholics and humanitarians everywhere will rejoice in this recognition. Mother Teresa founded a movement to care for the “poorest of the poor.” She gave them the dignity they deserve as human beings, created in the image of God.
The summer season in Canada is not only a time for vacation travel but also for pilgrimages. Pilgrims travel to shrines out of religious devotion.
Today in Krakow, Pope Francis celebrates a solemn open-air Mass
at the close of the 13th International World Youth Day, the
brainchild of Saint John Paul II.
Pope Francis, in the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy,
Misericordiae Vultus, dated April 11th 2015, affords bishops the privilege of
designating locations within their diocese where a Door of Mercy may be established.
It’s the season for recreation, travel, and the cottage. Church and God may be far from your thoughts. But because God created summer, your vacation destination, and even you, maybe you should give Him more attention.
In 2010, I visited Syria as the Chair of the Canadian branch of the Catholic Near East Welfare
Association (CNEWA Canada). The country’s beauty, the friendly relations between Christians
and Muslims, and the tranquility there struck me. No one I met would have imagined that the country would slip into a vicious civil war only a few months later.
The Franciscan Mission Office invites you to take part in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
with this celebration that we suggest to you. It is a source of inspiration to celebrate this day. Therefore,
you can adapt it to your needs.
Parishes have an important role to play in promoting ecological conversion. The Archdiocese of Ottawa has prepared a practical guide for parishes in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment - Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home . We are called to environmental responsibility and as people of faith we lead by example.
Archbishop Prendergast recently wrote an article in the Ottawa Sun celebrating the anniversary of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ - On Care for Our Common Home. Our archbishop encourages us to read the encyclical (an easy read) and to live out its message in our parishes and in our personal lives.
On June 18, 2015 Pope Francis released his historical encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical calls us to live by Gospel values, ensuring that we care for the poor and vulnerable, many who suffer immeasurably from the impact of climate change and pollution caused by our lifestyles. Ways that parishes can help in environmental stewardship may be found in the document Care for God’s Creation – A Guide for Parishes.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. announces the following pastoral appointments which become effective on August 1st, 2016, unless otherwise indicated.