Voting and Jesus (29 Sunday of Ordinary time)

Have you voted yet? In today’s Gospel (Matthew 22:15-21) Jesus does not tell us who to vote for, but He does indicate important principles that should guide our participation in the political process. In escaping a trap set by Pharisees and Herodians, Jesus wants His hearers to recall they are made in God’s image. In doing this He restores dignity to people who were oppressed by Rome and reminds them they belong to God and are to build up God’s Kingdom. These are truths we should remember when we vote.

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World Mission Sunday

This Sunday we celebrate World Mission Sunday. We recognize the work of the Church throughout the world, especially in missionary areas. We pray in a particular way for the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay. Together with the Archdiocese of St. Boniface and the Diocese of Hamilton, we help to support the clergy and people of this missionary area (2,300,000 square km). […]

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Holy See Addresses UN on Sustainable Development

On October 16, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, gave a statement before the Second Committee of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Agenda Item 26, dedicated to “Agricultural Development, Food Security and Nutrition.”

In his statement, Archbishop Caccia spoke within the context of the beginning of the Decade of Action for sustainable development and the half-way mark on the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. He said that ending hunger, achieving food insecurity, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture must remain high priorities for the international community. Poverty and hunger, he said, must be tackled together, combining economic inclusion, social protection and support for sustainable livelihoods. The scandal of people dying of hunger while so much food is going to waste must be addressed, he said, through equitable distribution. The question of the quality of food, he said, is also important, so that people with access to food are genuinely nourished with a healthy diet. He described how the pandemic has made more dramatic the situation of malnutrition and food insecurity in multiple ways and reaffirmed the Holy See’s commitment to work toward ensuring that everyone has access to one’s “daily bread.”

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ACN Aids for Families Fleeing from Jihadists in Mozambique

Trauma counseling and pastoral care for families escaping jihadists in Mozambique are being provided by the UK office of a leading Catholic charity – as the Islamists’ bid for power enters its fourth year.

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting a project in Pemba Diocese, which will provide help for families fleeing Daesh (ISIS) affiliated extremists in Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country.

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Pemba told ACN: “Cabo Delgado, and therefore the whole Diocese of Pemba, is facing its greatest challenge as a result of the fighting that has ravaged the province since the end of 2017.

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Irish Bishop Dermot Farrell Launches Novel Online-Interactive Sacramental Preparation Program

In the Diocese of Ossory, Bishop Dermot Farrell launched a new parish-based program of preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion, and Confirmation. Underlining the need for effective preparation Bishop Farrell noted that “much has changed in our parishes and Church life and yet much remains the same. One of the key elements of a really fruitful and joyful celebration of the Sacraments is an effective program of preparation. I am delighted, then, to support a program of preparation, developed here in the Diocese of Ossory, as a means to ensure that children can be well prepared to celebrate these Sacraments in our parishes later in this school year”.

Under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Dermot Ryan, the team that wrote the program sought to develop an innovative parish-based preparation program that would permit children and their families to journey together towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the context of their parish communities.

Commenting on the program, Father Ryan said, “this online and interactive program ‘walks’ children through the steps necessary to understand, appreciate, celebrate effectively, and then live the Sacraments. We introduce them to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in different ways, to the same result.  Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be a significant support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey”.

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