Des cloches et des sirènes pour les travailleurs essentiels

Une musique inhabituelle résonnera dans toute la ville de Québec le 24 décembre, à 20 h!  Il s’agit de remercier et soutenir tous les travailleurs et travailleuses qui sont en première ligne depuis le début de la pandémie.

Cette “activité réconfort” proposée par la Ville de Québec a séduit notre archevêque, qui a demandé aux équipes pastorales qui le pourront de faire sonner les cloches des églises pour l’occasion. Au même moment, les véhicules des policiers et des pompiers activeront leurs sirènes, en solidarité avec le personnel des services essentiels.

Le Cardinal Lacroix a participé au point de presse avec le maire Labeaume et les responsables des services de police, de protection des incendies, et du réseau de transport de la Capitale : “Nous sommes heureux de participer à cette initiative pour remercier tant de personnes qui travaillent pour nous soutenir en ce temps particulièrement difficile. Cette année, nos cloches annoncent la naissance de Jésus à Noël et se font l’écho de notre solidarité, dans une symphonie de gratitude.”

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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol was first published on December 19, 1843, and it has been a much beloved classic ever since. Sure, it has some Protestant undertones – why was Scrooge, presumably predestined, given the gift of the ghostly visits, but not his less fortunate and presumably reprobated associate, Jacob Marley? It is a Catholic truth that every soul is offered sufficient grace to go to heaven, if they co-operate with said grace.

A quibble, perhaps, for I do love the very Catholic theme that it’s never too late to accept the grace of God. As Saint Augustine, having – in his eyes – wasted much of his life, cried, Late have a loved Thee, O Beauty ever ancient and ever new! Our lives, of course, are never ‘wasted’, for God makes all things new, and can turn any life into heavenly gold, even at the last minute, gasping our last – the divine promise made to Saint Dismas, likely the first person to enter paradise, teaches us so.

We’re not sure how old Ebeneezer was when he accepted the grace of God, never looking back, becoming the generous, joyful, cheerful lover of all things ‘Christmas’ God had always intended him to be, and would be in heaven, in saecula saeculorum.

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In EWTN interview, Cardinal Pell discusses acquittal, Vatican finances

CNA Staff, Dec 21, 2020 / 04:47 pm (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted this year after becoming the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of sexual abuse, spoke this week about his time in prison, his hopes for the future, and his thoughts on Vatican financial reform efforts.

Pell was initially convicted in Australia in 2018 of multiple counts of sexual abuse. On April 7, 2020, Australia’s High Court overturned his six-year prison sentence. The High Court ruled that he should not have been found guilty of the charges and that the prosecution had not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Pell spent 13 months in solitary confinement, during which time he was not permitted to celebrate Mass.

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How one Croatian cardinal saved thousands of Jewish lives

Zagreb, Croatia, Dec 21, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- When Esther Gitman proposed a topic for a Fulbright Fellowship, the administrator taking proposals was incredulous.

In her 50s at the time, Gitman was already well past the age of most applicants to the prestigious fellowship. But what shocked the representative was not Gitman’s age, but her story.

“I’ll write about the rescue of Jews in the independent state of Croatia (during World War II),” Gitman said.

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