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Peoples Climate March

Government leaders from across the globe will be meeting in New York City on September 23 for a one-day United Nations climate summit. The People’s Climate March precedes it on September 21 and will send out a massive, united call for climate justice and a strong climate treaty.

KAIROS invites you to participate in this historic mobilization from wherever you are! Some suggestions:

  1. Check out ClimateFast, which KAIROS has endorsed, as it counts down to this year’s fast on Parliament Hill (September 28 to October 2) and extends an invitation to everyone to join in fasting on the first day of each month.
  2. Citizens for Public Justice, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Churches, has created resources for faith communities in Canada specifically related to the UN summit and the People’s Climate March.
  3. Green Faith, an interfaith coalition based in New Jersey, is offering resources and an invitation to faith communities to become Climate March Faith Communities.
  4. KAIROS has a long history of advocacy for climate justice and has produced in-depth analysis on climate change that can help to put the September events into perspective.
  5. KAIROS also has a new Watershed Discipleship workshop hot off the press that includes biblical and personal reflection, consideration of the issues facing your watershed, and the opportunity to connect those issues with others across Canada and around the world.

If you would like to go to New York for the march and are in the Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal area, buses are being organized.

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The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism Has Moved

During the 2014 summer months, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism has moved to a new location. The Centre's new address is: 

2715, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine
bureau D 137        
Montréal, QC, H3T 1B6

Website: www.oikoumene.ca

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CCCB's Plenary Assembly

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly, 15-19 September 2014, at the Hotel Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, Beaupré, east of Quebec City, in the Archdiocese of Québec. The meeting will be chaired by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and CCCB President.

The 2014 Plenary Assembly will be preceded, on September 14 at 2:00 pm, by a Pontifical Mass marking the 350th anniversary of the parish Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish canonically erected in North America outside Spanish territories. Today, Notre-Dame is Québec City's cathedral parish. The Papal Legate, His Eminence Jaime Lucas Cardinal Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, will preside at the Mass. In addition to representing Pope Francis at the 350th anniversary celebration, Cardinal Ortega will also be one of the key guest speakers at the CCCB Plenary Assembly.

For more information go to: www.cccb.ca

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Saint François de Laval and Saint Marie of the Incarnation

Pope Francis will preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving for the recent canonizations of Saint François de Laval and Saint Marie of the Incarnation on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 10:00 am (Rome time), in Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome. 

Source: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

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Tar Sands and Aboriginal Rights

In early June, there was an extraordinary conference in the Alberta Tar Sands area of Fort McMurray, AB.  Titled As Long as the Rivers Flow - Coming Back to the Treaty Relationship in Our Time, it was co-hosted by the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who live downstream of the industry.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the keynote.

Excellent talks from this conference are now available online. For all the links, please go to:
http://www.oktlaw.com/blog/now-available-online-archbishop-desmond-tutus-keynote-speech-from-as-long-as-the-rivers-flow-conference/

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This Week

September 20-21, 2014: Meeting of the CRC's Administration Council

September 21: International Day of Peace

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