Church and Christian Leaders of Canada Call for Peace as War in Ukraine Enters its Second Year

 — Feb. 16, 202416 févr. 2024

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As the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine approaches on February 24, Christian leaders of Orthodox, Catholic, Evangelical, and other faith traditions in Canada, together with the World Evangelical Alliance’s Peace & Reconciliation Network, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Canadian Council of Churches invite all Christians and people of goodwill to join in united prayer and action for peace.

This call to prayer and action—signed by 45 Canadian Church leaders—also acknowledges ongoing conflict elsewhere in the world:

“Without in any way minimizing or ignoring the suffering and sorrow caused by war and violence in other areas of the world, we stand together in inviting Christians and all people of goodwill to prayerfully consider how we are all called, and might contribute to, the achievement of peace in and for Ukraine.”

The Church leaders encourage six meaningful actions members of the public could take to foster peace, such as:

  • Praying for peace in Ukraine and around the world (special prayers for this occasion can be found here);
  • Building collaborative relationships; and
  • Observing a day of prayer and remembrance on February 24, 2024.

“Ukraine has been an area of great concern for Canadians. We need to keep praying and working for peace,” says David Guretzki, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.

The pastoral statement was prepared and endorsed by the Canadian Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and the Peace and Reconciliation Network of the World Evangelical Alliance.

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A Canadian Pastoral Letter on Ukraine, Canada and the Church: As we approach the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine
Une lettre pastorale Canadienne sur l'Ukraine, le Canada et l'Église : À l'approche de deuxième anniversaire de l'invasion à grande échelle de l'Ukraine par la Russie

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 — Feb. 16, 202416 févr. 2024

À l’approche du deuxième anniversaire de l’invasion à grande échelle de la Russie en Ukraine le 24 février, les chefs chrétiens des traditions orthodoxe, catholique, évangélique et d’autres confessions au Canada, en collaboration avec le Réseau de paix et de réconciliation de l’Alliance évangélique mondiale, l’Alliance évangélique du Canada et le Conseil canadien des Églises invitent toutes les chrétiens et les personnes de bonne volonté à se joindre à une prière et à une action unies pour la paix

Cet appel à la prière et à l’action—signé par 45 chefs d’églises canadiens—reconnaît également les conflits en cours ailleurs dans le monde :

« Sans minimiser ou ignorer de quelque manière que ce soit la souffrance et le chagrin causés par la guerre et la violence dans d’autres régions du monde, nous nous tenons ensemble pour inviter les chrétiens et toutes les personnes de bonne volonté à réfléchir avec prière à la manière dont nous sommes tous appelés, et pourraient contribuer à la réalisation de la paix en et pour l’Ukraine. »
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De Margerie Lecture planning team with Rev Dr Karen Petersen Finch following the second lecture. Rev Dr Iain Luke, Saskatoon Theological Union, Dr Gertrude Rompré, St Thomas More College, Nicholas Jesson, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, Rev Dr Karen Petersen Finch, 2024 De Margerie Lecturer, Cathryn Wood, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, and Fr Joseph Salihu, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Missing from the photo is Kelly Burke, Campus Minister from Campion College, Regina

2024 De Margerie Lectures on Christian Reconciliation and Unity

 — Feb. 13, 202413 févr. 2024

A series of lectures and workshops given by Rev Dr Karen Petersen Finch were held January 24-27, 2024 in Saskatoon and Regina. The first lecture, held at Campion College at the University of Regina, was titled “Re-imagining Lay People as Stewards of Doctrine” and the second lecture, titled, “Doctrine as the Fuel for Renewal”, was held January 25th in Saskatoon at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan. A workshop titled, “The Eucharist: Where is Jesus?” was held at Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon on Friday, January 26 and at Christ the King Parish in Regina on Saturday, January 27.
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Crosses decorating the steps to the stage, at the Anaphora Institute, a Coptic Orthodox retreat and educational centre located north-west of Cairo, Egypt

Recalling Council of Nicaea can inspire today’s call for unity, says WCC’s Pillay

 — Feb. 9, 20249 févr. 2024

Commemorating the 1700th anniversary in 2025 of the Council of Nicaea is an inspiration to Christians today to work for the unity of the church, according to Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

At the Council of Nicaea, bishops representing the whole of Christendom gathered together for the first time to discuss the faith and witness of the church.

“Recalling the significance of the Council of Nicaea renews our call for full visible unity, the cornerstone of the ecumenical movement,” Pillay said in a greeting to an 8 February webinar, “From Nicaea, Walking Together to Unity: The Beginning of a New Beginning.”
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Group photo of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order meeting in Tondano, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

New chapter begins for WCC Faith and Order Commission

 — Feb. 8, 20248 févr. 2024

The newly-appointed WCC Faith and Order Commission met face-to-face for the first time to plan its next eight years of work. Theologians from all continents gathered in Tondano, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, hosted by the Indonesian Communion of Churches.

The Faith and Order Commission is a unique body, bringing together theologians and church leaders from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant traditions – women and men, lay and ordained – with several places reserved for younger theologians.

In this its first meeting, the commission considered plans for the 2025 world conference commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea. The Council of Nicaea shaped the creed that is still used by most Christian churches today, and the Faith and Order conference in 2025 will ask “Where now for visible unity?” The commission heard research on Nicaea and its continuing influence, and considered how to use the conference and the anniversary to bring Faith and Order work to a wider audience.
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Roman Catholic document on blessings could bring new perspectives to Anglican same-sex marriage debate, leaders say

 — Feb. 7, 20247 févr. 2024

A document released by the Roman Catholic Church reconsidering its policy on blessings—including those to people in same-sex relationships—offers Anglicans a new way to think about divisions within their own communion, says the Rev. Iain Luke, principal of the Saskatoon-based College of Emmanuel and St. Chad and a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada.

The declaration Fiducia Supplicans, endorsed by Pope Francis on Dec. 18, lays out a shift in the Roman Catholic Church’s approach to blessings. It encourages clergy to offer blessings from the church to any who ask without first scrutinizing whether they are in compliance with the church’s doctrines or meet some moral standard.
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St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montreal

Montréal Archdiocese suing Québec over MAiD forced upon hospice

 — Feb. 6, 20246 févr. 2024

In what could prove to be a landmark case for religious and conscience rights in Canada, Montréal’s Archbishop Christian Lépine has taken on the Attorney General of Québec.

In an appeal for judicial review submitted to the Québec Superior Court on Feb. 5, Lépine asked for an immediate stay of the application of an amendment to the Act respecting End-of-Life Care that requires palliative care hospices to offer Medical Aid in Dying (MAID).

The June 2023 amendment specifies that “no palliative care hospice may exclude medical aid in dying from the care they offer.”

The palliative care centre that Lépine hopes to shield is the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montréal, but the appeal raises larger questions of the future of the collaborative charitable work of faith communities unable to act according to their conscience.
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Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue their discussion of women's role in the church at the Vatican. Pictured, clockwise from the left, are: Cardinals Gérald Lacroix of Québec; Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona; Seán O'Malley of Boston; Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo; and Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Continuing, to the right of the pope are: Bishop Marco Mellino, council secretary; and Cardinals Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Sérgio da Rocha of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, president of the commission governing Vatican City State; and Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg. Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, deputy secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, left, Salesian Sr. Linda Pocher and Giuliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin from the Diocese of Verona, Italy, are the women who addressed the group

Pope invites Anglican woman bishop to Council of Cardinals meeting

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With the help of a woman Anglican bishop, a Salesian sister and a consecrated virgin, Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals devoted the first morning of their February meeting “to deepening their reflection, begun last December, on the role of women in the church,” the Vatican press office said.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, said Feb. 5 the pope and cardinals heard from Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, deputy secretary-general of the Anglican Communion; Salesian Sr. Linda Pocher, a professor of Christology and Mariology at Rome’s Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences “Auxilium,” and Giuliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin and liturgist from the Diocese of Verona, Italy.
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The Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio in Rome is the home of the Vatican's Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith

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 — Feb. 3, 20243 févr. 2024

In the face of continued liturgical abuses, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith releases a doctrinal Note entitled “Gestis verbisque,” reiterating that the words and elements established in the essential rite of each Sacrament cannot be changed because such changes render the Sacrament invalid.

The Note from the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, entitled “Gestis verbisque,” was published on Saturday, February 3.

The Note was discussed and approved unanimously by the Cardinals and Bishops who are Members of the Dicastery and were present at the recent Plenary Assembly. Pope Francis then approved the text of the Note.

It reaffirms that the formulas and material elements established in the essential rite of each Sacrament cannot be changed at will in the name of creativity.

Doing so, in fact, renders the Sacrament itself invalid; therefore, it never existed and no Sacramental grace was conferred.
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The Path of Christian Unity: a Lenten “Restoration Project” | One Body

 — Feb. 2, 20242 févr. 2024

Some friends of mine recently undertook a little renovation project in their home: nothing major – just a couple of bathrooms, a laundry room and a fresh coat of paint on some walls.

The plan looked simple enough on paper, but the reality of the renos soon became a bit more complicated – and costly – than initially anticipated. Removing old walls disclosed some surprises, newer building codes required adjustments to plumbing and electrical works, old appliances didn’t quite fit into new spaces, and a few unforeseen wall repairs were needed before the simple step of applying new paint.

I think about this in the context of the upcoming Lenten season, and the renovation project that Lent invites into all of our lives: individually and communally, and particularly as churches journeying together on the path of Christian unity.
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