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The full text of Pope Francis’ address to Religious Leaders in Turkey can be found below: Mr President, Religious and Civil Authorities, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to meet with you today in the course of my visit to your country.  I thank the President of this distinguished office for his cordial invitation which ...read more
Pope Francis arrived for his Apostolic Trip to Turkey on November 28, 2014 and was greeted with a crowd at the airport. Find the full text of his welcome address below: Mr President, Mr Prime Minister, Distinguished Authorities, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to visit your country so rich in natural beauty and history, and filled ...read more
In the heart of Montreal, there is a very special house with a lovely name communauté Vita-Joie (Live Your Joy). In 2009, the sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame moved into this house to welcome two new candidates, Andrée Maheu and Violaine Paradis. When the sisters were received as novices, the house became a novitiate. ...read more
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of relief for immigrant families. The original statement can be found on the Archdiocesan website: www.archchicago.org. – – – – – – – – – – November 26, 2014 In concert with my brother bishops throughout the ...read more
On Thursday while Americans feast on turkey on Thanksgiving Day, Pope Francis prepares for his three-day Apostolic Journey to Turkey for another kind of feast: of ecumenical relations, interreligious dialogue and peace. Breaking another record for papal trips, Pope Francis on Friday sets off on his second international journey this week alone, travelling to the ...read more
The man who designed the European Union flag, Arsène Heitz, was inspired by scripture and the image of Mary on the Miraculous Medal. While he never hid the fact that the flag he designed is “Our Lady’s flag”, the European Union itself has offered different explanations for the evocative design. The flag, and the EU ...read more
I am a sister of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND). On April 1, 2013, I left Japan on a one-year assignment to be a member of the International Community located in the Mother House in Montreal. First, let me briefly introduce the history of the CND in Japan. It was in 1932 that five French ...read more
On November 14 – 15, 2014, the Office for English Pastoral Services (OEPS) of the Archdiocese of Montreal, along with the OEPS director and auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd, organized the Parish Vitality Conference in Montreal. This event has been taking place under the theme Doors Wide Open aimed at rebooting parish life! For Bishop Thomas ...read more
If there is anything that we learn from reading Scripture is that God calls people. Consistently, every story in the bible, involves a call: Abraham, Moses, Noah, Gideon, Jonah, Samuel, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Paul. Everyone gets called. God may not ‘call’ us the way He called Moses or St. Paul, or the specific way that ...read more
The Vatican bank has repatriated twenty three million euros that were frozen for more than three years, by Italian authorities. The Institute for Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank, announced the repatriation of the money in a statement released November 18. The funds were unblocked in 2011 but was not repatriated because ...read more