Alberta bishops cautiously welcome government lifting of church attendance limit

Alberta’s Catholic bishops are welcoming the lifting of crowd limits on Mass as the province moves to the next stage of its relaunch strategy, but they are also sounding a note of caution.

“The return of these public celebrations has been a source of joy for our parishioners and priests alike,” the Alberta bishops said in a statement June 9. “We are grateful to all those who have worked so hard to make the necessary preparations, and to our parishioners for the patience and the responsibility toward others that they have demonstrated as they have returned to Mass.”

Premier Jason Kenney announced that as of June 12, there would no longer be any limit on attendance at worship services ̶ as long as social distancing measures and other protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Under Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy, worship services were limited to 50 people in total.

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Ressourcement pour la Fête du Sacré-Coeur

La webdiffusion nous fera vivre des temps de prière et de célébration filmés depuis la chapelle du Centre Le Montmartre, aussi appelé Sanctuaire du Sacré-Coeur.

Le cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix consacre du temps ces jours-ci à la préparation d’une “Retraite dans la vie, en marche vers la Fête du Sacré-Coeur”, en collaboration avec ses confrères évêques et les Assomptionnistes. Il nous invite à y participer, via notre webtélé diocésaine, du 17 au 19 juin 2020, jour de la Fête du Sacré-Coeur.

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Analysis: Is the Torzi arrest a beginning or an end?

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 9, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).- For those following the serpentine turns of the ongoing Vatican financial scandals, the arrest of Italian businessman Gianluigi Torzi on Friday was a major event. 

But exactly how “major” it will be could be determined by how narrowly prosecutors focus on Torzi himself, or if they see his arrest as the first step in unwinding the “network of companies in which some officials of the Secretariat of State were present” acknowledged by the Vatican on Friday.

In the meantime, news of the arrest has given rise to a spat of “social distancing” from those connected to the London property deal at the center of the investigation. Those most vocally distancing themselves from Torzi, insisting his alleged crimes are self-contained, may hope for a fairly limited discussion of the wider Vatican financial dealings in which Torzi played a role.

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