Canada Bishop's Message
RCWP Canada Members, Affiliated Communities, and People of Good Will
In view of the visit of Pope Francis to Canada to issue an expected
apology on Canadian soil to First Nations Peoples, the following
message which was in large part presented last year at this time, seems
relevant again. Ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves at
residential schools continue to sends waves of trauma across the
country. My heart breaks each time I hear the stories of
survivors of residential schools and the history of the policies of the
Canadian government and the role of the churches in implementing
them. I am sure yours must, too.
In response to these discoveries statements have been made by
Indigenous groups and by federal agencies and churches. At a
joint meeting of the Board of Directors and the National Leadership
Circle last year, we considered what response we could make as RCWP
Canada. Rather than another statement, the following action items
were presented as ways to engage more deeply in the trauma of this
genocide and the TRC’s calls for action to address it. I reiterate them
1. Each community we pastor is asked to reflect on what
they are doing to continue (or commence) initiatives at the grass roots
level that work towards healing injustices in the interest of advancing
truth and reconciliation.
2. Each member of RCWP Canada is asked to take some
personal action such as a book study, participate in a sharing circle,
or engage in building a personal relationship with an Indigenous person
3. RCWP Canada members are asked to use the RCWP Canada
Forum to share their action plans so that our cumulative efforts can be
compiled as our national “Call to Action” response. We all have
ideas to share and can offer mutual support and encouragement to one
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and July 1st is Canada
Day. These days provide an opportunity for us to reflect on what
we have done and to recommit ourselves to living out truth and
reconciliation. As people of God, relatives of one another, we
face the issues of our day in light of the Gospel of Jesus. As
followers of Jesus and servant leaders in our communities, I believe we
have a moral obligation to do this. Each of us and all of us
together, can make a difference.
May the Spirit of Oneness bind us in love for one another as our Creator God has loved us.
I also want to acknowledge the 20th Anniversary of the ordination of
seven women as Roman Catholic Women Priests on the Danube River on June
29, 2002. In spite of fierce opposition from the patriarchal
hierarchy of the Church, these women courageously claimed the truth of
their call as disciples of Jesus to priestly ministry. Their
prophetic obedience, and that of hundreds of women ordained since then,
is inspiration and hope for all who desire equality and justice for all
God/de's holy people.
Celebrations were held around the world to mark this occasion. The July 15th issue of The Review will bring you insightful reflections on this dynamic movement of the Holy Spirit alive within the church today.
[Jane Kryzanowski, Regina, SK is bishop for RCWP Canada]
Francis' Catholic social teaching expert in the Vatican is Emilce Cuda
-- Appointment spotlights ways the Latin American church is reshaping
Christopher White, ncronline.org | May 7, 2022
When Emilce Cuda's phone rang in the middle of the night in late June
2021, Cardinal Marc Ouellet was on the other line from the Vatican,
failing to account for the time difference between Rome and Buenos
"Will you come work for Pope Francis?" he asked.
"We're moving to Rome," Cuda texted to her family members. They
immediately wanted to know the reason and position, but she had
forgotten to ask.
"This was a great opportunity to give service to the church in Latin
America," she recalled in an interview with NCR. "And when the pope
asks you to help, you just say yes."
Pope Francis talks climate change with Bono and both agree: Women will lead the way.
Junno Arocho Esteves, americamagazine.org | May 20, 2022
the launch of the Scholas International Educational Movement and its
environmental project, Pope Francis encouraged young people, especially
women, to lead the charge in fighting climate change.
nature means defending the poetry of creation, it means defending
harmony. It is a fight for harmony. And women know more about harmony
than us men,” the pope said during an event at Rome’s Pontifical Urban
frontman Bono, who joined the pope for the launch, said he had been a
supporter of Scholas for the past four years and was “drawn to this
idea of a ‘culture of encounter.’”
Happy Canada Day
New head of umbrella group for women’s religious sets sights on synodality
Elise Ann Allen, cruxnow.com | May 21, 2022
Nadia Coppa, the newly-elected president of one of the largest
international conglomerates of women religious, is set on creating a
global network of collaboration among congregations based on Pope
Francis’s much-touted spirit of synodality.
and its links to African culture -- Religious leader in Senegal says
Africa can help Catholics all over the world begin to better understand
the Church as the "family of God"
Charles Senghor, international.la-croix.com | May 20, 2022
Marie Rose Dione believes the Catholic Church should do more to explore
the links between synodality and African cultures.Dione, who is
provincial superior of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of
Castres (CIC) in Senegal, says that means deepening a theology of
synodality on the notion of the Church as the family of God.
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