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Being a hospice chaplain calls for plenty of life experience

By Rowena Orejana | August 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Sr Jacqui Ryan, OP, is keen to debunk the myth that hospices are sad and gloomy places. Sure, sadness is inevitable when a loved one is coming to the end of his or her journey, but there is often “a sense of humour and joy” around the place, she said. … Read More about Being a hospice chaplain calls for plenty of life experience

Young Catholics discerning life’s big questions

By Michael Otto | August 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

By MINA AMSO A young Catholic woman says she had to go through unknown territory two years ago, learning how to discern a decision to serve in a ministry. And she’s only seeing the fruit of it now. Nicola Lee from East Coast Bays, who is 21, says discernment is … Read More about Young Catholics discerning life’s big questions

New priest Fr Monty Bamford knows all about being a shepherd

By Rowena Orejana | August 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

One week after being installed as the Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Michael Gielen ordained Fr Monty Bamford to the priesthood in a packed St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. At the Mass on July 16, before the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Gielen spoke in his homily about Jesus the Good Shepherd, who lays … Read More about New priest Fr Monty Bamford knows all about being a shepherd

Skills training such as sewing, education ‘only way out of misery’ for Pakistan’s poor

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

WASHINGTON (CNS) – To improve the lives of Pakistanis, many of whom are desperately poor, the Archdiocese of Lahore has ramped up its educational and vocational training efforts. “We evaluated and studied that – through education and then skill training and some other professional training – that is the only … Read More about Skills training such as sewing, education ‘only way out of misery’ for Pakistan’s poor

Pope says residential-school policy was part of ‘genocide’ plan

By Catholic News Service | August 1, 2022 | 1 Comment

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM CANADA (CNS) – The planned destruction of the families, languages, cultures and traditions of the Indigenous communities of Canada through the residential school system was “genocide”, Pope Francis said. Asked by an Indigenous reporter why he did not use the word “genocide” while in Canada, … Read More about Pope says residential-school policy was part of ‘genocide’ plan

Raising banner, protesters at papal Mass raise questions about ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

By Catholic News Service | July 29, 2022 | 1 Comment

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) – In a brief protest at a papal Mass in Canada, Indigenous women unfurled a banner that said, “Rescind the Doctrine”. The protest on July 28 was a momentary but graphic reminder of how, when representatives of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities met Pope Francis … Read More about Raising banner, protesters at papal Mass raise questions about ‘Doctrine of Discovery’