Thursday, November 14, 2019

Saint November 15 : St. Albert the Great a Dominican Doctor of the Church and Patron of Sciences, Philosophers, Scientists, Students

“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity.’”
Today, November 15, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Albert the Great (1206-1280), Doctor of the Church, bishop, teacher, theologian, and one of the Church’s greatest intellects. Widely admired for his wisdom and learning, he was known as “Albertus Magnus” to his contemporaries (“Albert the Great”), and by those who came after him as “Doctor universalis” (“Teacher of all that there is to know”). Saint Albert is the patron saint of scientists. His works constantly remind us of the importance of both faith and reason, and that there can be no separation between these—in fact, faith and reason reinforce and sustain each other.
 Albert was born the son of a military Lord in service to Emperor Frederick II. The family lived in Lauingen on the Danube, near Ulm, Germany. His parents were wealthy, which afforded him the finest education. Also quite pious, they instructed him in the ways of the faith. As a child, he was drawn to scientific pursuits, and demonstrated an unexpected aptitude for reasoning given his age. So advanced was his thinking, he began studying humanities and natural sciences at the university of Bologna at just 15. The university, closely associated with the Dominican Order, drew Albert closer to his commitment to serving the Lord. This was further fired by the arrival of Blessed Reginald of Orleans, a Dominican preacher and former professor in Paris, who arrived at the college to preach.
Not long after, a second Dominican, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, arrived in Padua. An eloquent preacher, he drew many—including young Albert—toward religious life. Albert’s family was opposed to his entering the Order, given his youth and exceptional scientific prowess, but Albert was torn. One night, in his dreams, he saw himself entering the order, only to depart soon afterwards. The very next day, he heard Blessed Jordan preach, specifically about how the Devil turns those who would enter religious orders away from their calling through dreams and false promises. After Mass, Albert found Blessed Jordan, inquiring: “Master, who revealed my heart to you?” He subsequently entered the Order that summer, at the age of 16.
As a Dominican, Albert continued his studies, earning a Doctorate in theology. He obediently taught, wherever he was sent, traveling to Cologne, Padua, Bologna, Saxony, Fribourg, Ratisbonne, and Strasbourg. In each of these places he attracted numerous disciples, some of them destined for illustrious careers. However, Albert himself remained humble and focused only o the Lord.
When Blessed Jordan died in 1237, Albert assumed his duties as General until his successor was elected. At that point, he returned to Cologne, where he was to meet his most illustrious disciple, Saint Thomas Aquinas. While his classmates saw Thomas as a mute and unlearned man, Albert recognized in him the grace and glory of the Lord. Together, they traveled to the University of Paris, where Saint Albert’s theology and philosophy blossomed and changed the manner in which the world thought. While he wrote many scientific works, he was, first and foremost, a Catholic. Gifted with encyclopedic knowledge, he used this gift in service to the Church. He used his reason and thinking diligently. He was a brilliant scholar, student and seeker for truth. His writings fill thirty-eight volumes. His explanations on vast subjects took twenty years to complete. Albert possessed boundless writing energies and wrote exclusively on natural science, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, astronomy, ethics, economics, politics, metaphysics, physics, mineralogy, chemistry, biology, botany and human/animal physiology.
While Saint Albert would have been quite content to remain in Paris, writing and teaching, obedience to his Order bade him travel back to Germany when he was elected Provincial. He thereafter served his community, traveling to all the monasteries in his jurisdiction by foot, without any money, across long distances—Austria, Bavaria, Saxony, and Holland. In 1260, he was appointed bishop of Regensberg. After three years, he was permitted to resign, but was subsequently called to be an adviser to the pope and was sent on several diplomatic missions. Amid his journeys and works of zeal, Saint Albert found the time to write his thirty-eight volumes on the natural sciences, philosophy and theology.
Saint Albert died, apparently of fatigue, at the age of seventy-three. His body was buried at the Dominican Church, Saint Andrea’s, in Cologne. Three years after his death, his body was in a state of perfect preservation and his body exuded the delightful fragrance or sanctity recorded at the graves of many saints. Miraculous healings were reported at his tomb side. Others received visions that were recorded due to Albert's intercession. His relics continue to be venerated there today.
It is often said of Saint Albert the Great: "He was great in science, greater in philosophy, greatest in theology." He discovered a science above all other sciences—the knowledge that only God can impart, a heavenly wisdom that comes when reason and faith are joined together in charity towards others in prayer and action. Saint Albert reminds us not to rely on anything or trust anyone more than God. In this trust, faith and reason unite, leading us toward a greater knowledge of eternity.
Marian Prayer of Saint Albert the Great:
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” For note, Mary, for you have found grace, not taken it as Lucifer tried to so. You have found grace, not lost it as Adam did. You have found favor with God because you desired and sought it. You have found uncreated Grace, that is, God himself became your Son, and with the Grace you have found and obtained every uncreated good.”
Selected Quotation from Saint Albert the Great:
"There are some people who attribute all these things to divine order and say that we must not consider in them any other cause but the will of God. This in part we can agree to. Yet we do not say that he does this because of a natural cause of which he is the first mover, since he is the cause of all movement; for we are not seeking a reason or explanation of the divine will but rather investigating natural causes which are as instruments through which God's will is manifested. It is not sufficient to know these things in a general sort of way; what we are looking for is the cause of each individual thing according to the nature belonging to it. This is the best and most perfect kind of knowledge."
God Our Father,
you endowed St. Albert with the talent of combining human wisdom with divine faith. Keep us true to his teachings that the advance of human knowledge may deepen our knowledge and love of you. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Source: 365 Rosaries

#BreakingNews More Catholic Churches in Chile Desecrated and Sacred Art Damaged - Video - Please Pray!


AMERICA/CHILE - San Francisco de Valdivia Temple desecrated
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Valdivia (Agenzia Fides) - Sorrow for the profanation and damage caused to the church of San Francisco, heritage of southern Chile and Valdivia, were expressed by Mgr. Nelson R. Huaiquimil, Vicar General of the Chilean diocese of Valdivia. In a statement he writes: "We are deeply saddened by the destruction that the Temple of San Francisco de Valdivia has suffered, we know that the most important thing in every situation is always the people, and five Dehonian brothers, consecrated persons at the service of the community live there. They are fine, but they are experiencing a natural state of helplessness and pain. It pains us that they entered the Temple and the Blessed Sacrament was desecrated, the sacred images, the furnishings destroyed and general damage to this heritage, which belongs to all the Valdivians" was carried out.
The political and social crisis that Chile is going through is accompanied by violent and uncontrolled demonstrations that also target places of worship (see Fides, 21/26/28/10/2019). The Bishops expressed their sorrow "for the attack on the churches and places of prayer without respect for God and for those who believe in him", recalling that "the churches and other places of worship are sacred" (see Fides, 11/11/2019).
The Vicar general of Valdivia shares the legitimate search for justice and peace undertaken by so many Chileans throughout the country. Finally he invites everyone "to join in prayer and in the search for good, to pray for all those who have suffered violence and who cause different forms of violence", urging them to look at each other "not as enemies, but as those who are able to build together the human family that we all expect".
On the night of Monday 12 November, a group of violent people broke into the "María Auxiliadora" Shrine in Talca, destroying the sacred images, damaging the benches and profaning the tabernacle. On Tuesday, November 12, the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, Mgr. Galo Fernández, presided over the Mass of restoration, concelebrated by Salesian priests and other priests of the diocese.
Father Pedro Pablo Cuello, director of the Salesians in Talca, informed before the mass that the damages have not yet been quantified, and added: "The message I want to give to all the inhabitants of Talca, to young people, to adults and to children it is that we must work for peace, it is everyone's work, we must all work for it".
In the homily the Bishop said that "it is not the material loss of a number of benches, nor the destruction in itself of the plaster images that represent the Lord, Saints, that have hurt us. We are wounded by being witnesses of the violence we suffer in our homeland, from the disagreement among Chileans". He then urged: "Anger, violence, do not build, destroy. It does not only destroy material goods, but the most precious thing, it destroys the coexistence among brothers". (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides, 14/11/2019)

Pope Francis says to University "A commitment that can only qualify a Catholic university, where the adjective "Catholic" does not introduce a distinction, but rather a surplus..." Full Text


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS OF
FREE UNIVERSITY MARIA SANTISSIMA ASSUNTA (LUMSA)

Paul VI Hall
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am happy to celebrate with you the 80th birthday of the Free University Maria Santissima Assunta. I cordially greet the Rector, Prof. Francesco Bonini, and thank him for his courteous words. I greet the Cardinals and Bishops, in particular Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, President of the University's Board of Directors. I extend my greetings to the academic authorities, professors, technical-administrative staff, families and friends of this institution. And I greet you, dear students and students, who constitute the center of academic activity. Thank you for your festive welcome!

You have come today to celebrate a significant goal together, we can say a goal of maturity in the development of the University. Eighty years ago, it was born to respond to a need that was then, and still is, urgent, that is, to train educators and educators in particular, opening the world of higher education to women. At first he aimed at preparing teachers for middle and high schools; and then, by enlarging the number of degree courses, to train professionals in different fields. A "service company", as your foundress, the venerable Luigia Tincani, wanted, which in turn was inspired by Saint Catherine of Siena, an indomitable and passionate woman of the Church.

Today I wish to return this commitment to you, situating it in the context of the epochal change we are experiencing. We are inspired by two Saints whom I have had the joy of proclaiming in recent years: Paul VI and John Henry Newman, two Pastors who lived through the University and who proposed with their own pastoral and cultural commitment, respectively, a "university consciousness" (see University Consciousness: notes for students, Rome), and "an idea of ​​University" (see The Idea of ​​a University, Westminster).

In fact the term "university" itself means a community, but also an idea of ​​convergence of knowledge, in a research that provides truth and meaning to the dialogue between all the men and women of the world. It is a high task to be aware of and worthy of. In this regard, I intend to deliver to you what I told your colleagues from another Roman University: "You must commit yourself, even as a university, to projects of sharing and service to the least, to make the sense of belonging to a "common homeland". [...] Working with projects, even small ones, that foster encounter and solidarity, a sense of trust in life is recovered together "(Speech at the Roma Tre University, 17 February 2017).

In fact, the university involves not only a formative but educational commitment, which starts from the person and reaches the person. A commitment that can only qualify a Catholic university, where the adjective "Catholic" does not introduce a distinction, but rather a surplus of exemplarity: "An education is needed that teaches to think critically and that offers a path of maturation in values "(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 64), in particular" on the dignity of the human person and the common good "(ibid., 65). Hence the need to renew the assumption of responsibility in front of the commitments that qualify the university institution in this era in which the communicative, technological and global interconnection processes are accelerated.

1) First of all, a responsibility of coherence, that is, of fidelity and community. The university community always works for the future, but it does so with a strong awareness of the roots and a realistic perception of the present. For this, I look with confidence to the new generations that are formed in the University. Protagonists aware of that change that comes from vision and coherence, starting from a community perspective: in this sense the quality and style of the relationships that you live in the university is fundamental.

2) It follows a cultural responsibility and I would say missionary before the world. «What is the university? What is your task? "- asked Pope Benedict XVI, addressing the oldest university in the capital. And he answered thus: "I think we can say that the true, intimate origin of the university lies in the lust for knowledge that is proper to man. He wants to know what everything around him is. He wants truth "(Insegnamenti, IV, 1 [2008], 81). We must not be afraid to use this word, in a spirit of sincere dialogue. Truth, freedom, good: on this guideline I hope that your University will be able to offer a formation in which, across the curricular knowledge, there is space for the integral formation of the person.
3) Here then is the social responsibility of the University. Activate virtuous circuits of integral development with the living forces of society. It takes courage to get involved. Open the offices - in Palermo, in Taranto, and in Rome - to the old and new poverty.

4) Finally, there is an inter-university responsibility. Europe has been the cradle of universities, but it must rediscover its meaning. Your University will continue to work in the university system at all levels and in particular with Catholic universities so that a fruitful climate of cooperation, exchange and mutual help is created in building innovative educational and research projects, oriented towards that intellectual charity that it does not discount the truth and is not content with mediocrity.

All of you, students, professors, and leaders of the university community, encourage you to open hearts and minds. Not to be satisfied - you students first of all - of the current scores, of the seemingly hegemonic thought, of a world in which diversity is conflict. May you feel the healthy ambition to add something original, which is also concrete and useful. You young people, do not be afraid to be demanding with your teachers, who in order to be masters must also be witnesses. And you, teachers, do not fear to be demanding with your students, so that they may express the best of themselves.

Dear University brothers, I am returning to you the motto of the University: In fide et humanitate. That "et" means integral education, in a globalized and fragmented world, full of contradictions, which requires a lot of work together. A serious, creative, artisan work that passes through the mind, the heart, the hands.

Mary, taken up into heaven, continue to be a reference and guide for your journey that is being renewed today. I thank you for this welcome meeting and I cordially bless each one of you and your work. And you, please, don't forget to pray for me.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

Violent Protests continue in Hong Kong with University Students involved and many admitted to Hospital


15-year-old in critical condition after police hit him with tear gas
Several districts in Hong Kong report clashes overnight. The protest moves to university campuses. Riot police try to clear the barricades near Baptist University. Chinese University students ask the police to stay outside the university: the High Court says no.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews / Agencies) - A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit in the head during overnight clashes between protesters and police forces in Tin Shui Wai (in the New Territories). At about 10pm yesterday, the boy (photo 2) was outside the Kingswood Richly Plaza shopping center when, according to preliminary reports, a tear gas container struck him in the head. The young man underwent four-hour brain surgery and has since been in the intensive care unit of the Tuen Mun hospital.

A 70-year-old housekeeper is also in critical condition, he was left in critical condition after being shot in the head at Sheung Shui (photo 3). Local media report that it was a brick thrown by unknown people that hit the elderly man. The government says the man "was hit in the head by hard objects thrown by masked men during his lunch break". An executive spokesman said he felt outraged by the rioters' evil deeds, adding that they had conducted "extremely dangerous and violent acts" and deliberately assaulted members of the public.

This morning, Hong Kong hospital authorities report that due to yesterday's unrest, in addition to the young boy and the elderly man in critical conditions, 67 people in all are admitted to the hospital: 29 in stable conditions and one still under evaluation. Several districts reported overnight clashes, including Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Kwai Chung, Hung Hom, Sha Tin, Tai Po and Tin Shui Wai. The protesters also set fire to toll booths at the Cross Harbor Tunnel and blocked tunnel traffic.

Following the riots that took place two days ago at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Cuhk), many of the city's university campuses have become places of protest. Riot police attempted to clear the barricades near the Baptist University around 2 am, but encountered resistance from protesters. The agents fired tear gas while the demonstrators fired molotov cocktails. The barricades were restored after the withdrawal of the police. This morning, officers also fired tear gas at Tsim Sha Tsui, near the Polytechnic in response to statements that demonstrators fired an arrow at a group of patrol officers. The police report finding six arrows on the scene, even though no agent was injured.

Last night, the Hong Kong High Court rejected a provisional injunction application filed by the head of the Cuhk student body. It would have forbidden the police to enter the campus without a warrant and to use crowd control weapons without university approval. On 12 November, Cuhk was the epicenter of fierce fighting: protesters and police fought for control of bridge no. 2 on the Sha Tin campus. The day after the violence, teachers, staff members, students and former university students released an "urgent appeal" in which they denounce abuses and ask for an apology from the police.
Full Text Source: Asia News IT - Image Source: Google Images - Reuters

US Bishops' Pro-Life Chair Invitation to Join Initiative Serving Pregnant and Parenting Mothers in Need



Pro Life Committee Chairman Invites Bishops to Join Initiative Serving Pregnant and Parenting Mothers in Need
November 11, 2019
BALTIMORE - Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas, and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the body of bishops at the annual November plenary meeting of bishops about the need for improved pastoral responses to women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies.  
“The challenges can be immense for women in difficult or unplanned pregnancies. 75% of women who choose abortion are low income,” said Archbishop Naumann. “Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. Women facing challenging pregnancies should see the Church as a place where they can find help, especially with its myriad of social services and organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of people in crisis,” he continued.
In his invitation to the bishops, Archbishop Naumann shared that well over 150,000 low-income mothers deliver their babies at Catholic hospitals each year, and many tens of thousands of pregnant and parenting moms are helped each year through Catholic Charities programs and other help agencies. In addition, thousands of pregnancy care centers staffed by many Catholic volunteers.
Nevertheless, the archbishop noted that there are “gaps,” and “while many pregnancy help resources are appropriately coordinated at the diocesan or regional level, moms in need are best reached at the local level.”
“We have well over 17,000 parishes in the United States. Each parish is best able to identify the local pregnancy help resources that are currently available and to identify potential gaps that need to be addressed. The parish community is uniquely positioned to encourage a collaboration of resources at the local level and to increase awareness of help available to mothers and families in need,” Archbishop Naumann explained.
To this end, Archbishop Naumann asked the bishops present to invite their parishes to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled: “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”
This Year of Service will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae. . . (The Gospel of Life), a landmark encyclical by Pope John Paul II. The Pro-Life Committee is developing educational, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, including reflections on the teachings of Evangelium VitaeEvangelii Gaudium. . . , and Laudato Si. . . ; prayers for building a culture of life; tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need; and ideas and support for improving parish responses.
More information about the initiative can be found at www.usccb.org/moms-in-need
FULL TEXT Release of USCCB - Image Source: Google Images

Pope Francis to Academic Community says " For us Christians, wisdom is Jesus crucified and risen, but His light illuminates all men..." Full Text


ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY OF THE SOPHIA UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE OF LOPPIANO
Consistory Hall
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Dear brothers and sisters,
I welcome you and thank Msgr. Coda for his kind words. I greet with affection Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone, who has received a doctorate honoris causa in Culture of Unity. Congratulations, dear Father! I also greet the professors from various countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, who alongside Fr. Scannone form part of the working group on “Trinitarian anthropology” at the CELAM, in collaboration with “Sophia”, as well as the teachers who constitute the initial core of the local seat of “Sophia” in Latin America and the Caribbean.
I am happy with the journey you have made in these twelve years of life. Keep going! The journey has just begun.
In the path that lies before you there is no lack of points of reference: in particular, the inspiration of the charism of unity from which your University was born and, at the same time, the outlines I gave in the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium, which your academic and formative project aims to reflect. Your participation in the preparation and development of the Global Educational Pact also heads in this direction.
I will leave you three words, urging you to continue your journey with joy, vision and determination: wisdomcovenant, and outgoing.
Wisdom: your University is called “Sophia” because its objective is first of all to communicate and learn wisdom in order to infuse all its sciences. Wisdom is in fact the Light of the countenance of God that illuminates the face of man: his mystery, his questions, his sufferings, his destiny. For us Christians, wisdom is Jesus crucified and risen, but His light illuminates all men (cf. Jn 1: 9): all religions, all cultures, all authentic exercises of humanity. For this reason, we are called to walk together with each other – as you do – to build a true and harmonious culture of encounter.
Hence the second word: covenant. The covenant is the keystone of creation and history, as the Word of God teaches us: the covenant between God and men, the covenant between generations, the covenant between peoples and cultures, the covenant – in school – between teachers and learners, the covenant between man, animals, plants and even the inanimate realities that make our common home beautiful and colourful. Everything is related to everything else, everything is created to be a living icon of God Who is the Trinity of Love! Today, therefore, it is a priority task to educate people to live out this covenant, or rather to be this living covenant in all these dimensions: to open the paths of the future to a new civilization that embraces humanity and the cosmos in universal brotherhood.
And finally the third word: outgoing. Without going out one does not encounter wisdom, without going out the covenant does not spread to all, in ever wider and more inclusive concentric circles. Only by going out does one encounter the real face of our brothers and sisters, with their wounds and aspirations, their questions and their gifts. We must learn with the heart, mind and hands to “come out of the camp” – as the Letter to the Hebrews says (13: 13) – so as to meet, right out there, the face of God in the face of every brother and sister.
Dear friends, I thank you once again for your commitment. I entrust you to the Virgin Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Mother of Unity, and from my heart I bless you.


Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday, November 14, 2019 - #Eucharist


Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 494

Reading 1WIS 7:22B–8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.

Responsorial PsalmPS 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175

R.(89a) Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Your word, O LORD, endures forever;
it is firm as the heavens.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Through all generations your truth endures;
you have established the earth, and it stands firm.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
According to your ordinances they still stand firm:
all things serve you.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
The revelation of your words sheds light,
giving understanding to the simple.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.
Let my soul live to praise you,
and may your ordinances help me.
R. Your word is for ever, O Lord.

AlleluiaJN 15:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord:
whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come,
Jesus said in reply,
"The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed,
and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.'
For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you."

Then he said to his disciples,
"The days will come when you will long to see
one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.
There will be those who will say to you,
'Look, there he is,' or 'Look, here he is.'
Do not go off, do not run in pursuit.
For just as lightning flashes
and lights up the sky from one side to the other,
so will the Son of Man be in his day.
But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation."

Bishops' Release Our Lady of Guadelupe Circle Message of Support on Indigenous Languages



Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle Releases Message of Support on Indigenous Languages
Today, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle released a statement entitled "Message of support from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle on the occasion of the United Nations 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages". A Canadian Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, Bishops, clergy, members of lay movements and of men and women belonging to institutes of consecrated life, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle seeks to renew and foster relations between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This open Letter to all Canadians affirms the major significance of language in the revitalization of Indigenous cultures and expresses a commitment to finding ways to support this essential aspect of reconciliation. Following the conclusion of the Circle's meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, the statement and a promotional video were previewed by the community at Sacred Heart parish of the First Peoples. To view the video and download the message of support, visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle's website at https://ourladyofguadalupecircle.ca/. For more information, contact Tracy Blain at blain@cccb.ca.
Full Text Source: CCCB