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International Day for Migrants and Refugees

"On January 18, 2015, several services of the Archdiocese of Montreal are inviting you for a day of activities at the Scalabrini Center to mark the International Day for Migrants and Refugees in Montreal. People are welcome as of 2 PM. A multiethnic dinner will be held at 5:30 PM."

"There will aslo be an animation and a time of discussion about Pope Francis' message for the International Day for Migrants and Refugees."

Link to the Pope's message: http://w2.vatican.va/

"The Scalabrini Center's mission is to help the immigrants and refugees of Montreal to adapt, settle and integrate into society. This mission is based upon humane values, cooperation and the mutual respect of the person." It is located at: 655, Sauriol Street East (Métro Station Sauvé).

Source: Catholic Church of Montreal Newsletter

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Launching of the Global Catholic Climate Movement

The Global Catholic Climate Movement was launched on January 14, 2015. Catholic organizations and leaders throughout the world have announced their collaboration as a movement working toward a sustainable climate future.

Comprised of laity and clergy, theologians, scientists and activists, the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) released a statement containing their beliefs and mission.

The statement supports Catholic environmental teachings and calls for prayer and action among the world's Catholic population, making it the first time that such a global movement of Catholics gathers to work together on climate issues. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will present the statement to Pope Francis during his trip to the Philippines this week.

The statement has been published on the Global Catholic Climate Movement website at: http://catholicclimatemovement.global/

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25, each year.  This eight day period (AKA an “octave”) begins with the feast of the confession of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul.  To help in celebrating this week, the Canadian Council of Churches has prepared a resource kit including posters, bulletins, a formatted order of service, and more. The chosen theme this year is: Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink’.

The theme and a focus biblical text are prepared by an international joint committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The resource kit is available on the Canadian Council of Churches at: 
http://www.councilofchurches.ca/

In Montreal, an Ecumenical celebration will be held on January 18th, at 4:00PM, at the Santa Cruz Church (Portugese Mission), located at 60, rue Rachel Ouest. Contact information: 
www.ChristianUnity.ca

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Pope's Message for the World Day of Peace

No longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters, this is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 2015 World Day of Peace. It focuses on modern slavery and on the need to work together to end the many forms of slavery: "millions of people today – children, women and men of all ages – are deprived of freedom and are forced to live in conditions akin to slavery."

Different forms of slavery are listed: "I think of men and women labourers, including minors, subjugated in different sectors, whether formally or informally, in domestic or agricultural workplaces, or in the manufacturing or mining industry; whether in countries where labour regulations fail to comply with international norms and minimum standards, or, equally illegally, in countries which lack legal protection for workers’ rights." 

A special tribute to the religious congregations who for many years have dedicated themselves to the cause of putting an en to human trafficking and their care for the victims:

"I would like to mention the enormous and often silent efforts which have been made for many years by religious congregations, especially women’s congregations, to provide support to victims. These institutes work in very difficult situations, dominated at times by violence, as they work to break the invisible chains binding victims to traffickers and exploiters..."

"The activity of religious congregations is carried out in three main areas: in offering assistance to victims, in working for their psychological and educational rehabilitation, and in efforts to reintegrate them into the society where they live or from which they have come. This immense task, which calls for courage, patience and perseverance, deserves the appreciation of the whole Church and society."

Pope Francis concludes his message by inviting States, Intergovernmental organizations, businesses, organizations in civil society to put an end to this scourge. "I invite everyone, in accordance with his or her specific role and responsibilities, to practice acts of fraternity towards those kept in a state of enslavement." All are ask "to forge a new worldwide solidarity and fraternity..." 

Link to the message: http://w2.vatican.va/

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In Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

December 12, 2014: The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated since 2002 on December 12 by the Church in Canada.

"This year and next, as we join our Bishops in reflecting on the pastoral challenges for the family and its needs and role in evangelization, the members of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council wish to honour elders who helped them develop their own faith."

Read their testimonies published on the CCCB website: 
National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Source: Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

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Highlights

Legal Education for Leaders of Religious Institutes

The Faculty of Canon Law of Saint Paul University in Ottawa is offering the third year of the legal education three-year cycle for leadership of religious institutes and their lay collaborators. The legal education will take place from June 15 to 18, 2015.

This year program will be on governance. It entails: Principles of Governance, Human Resources - Conflict Resolutions in Communities, Chapters and other Assemblies, Constitutions, Canadian Revenue Agency, Strategies for the Future.

The legal education program is organised by the Canadian Religious Education, the Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes (ATRI) and the Association des trésorières et des trésoriers des instituts religieux (ATTIR).

The deadline to register is March 31, 2015. The possibility to residence at Saint Paul is limited; therefore it is important to register as soon as possible.

For further information, open and download these 2 documents:
Legal Education 2015
Letter to the participants

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CRC JPIC Gathering: A Reminder

The CRC is organising another JPIC National Gathering! Under the theme “All Is One: Weaving A Single Cloth For Justice,” this time it will gather from across Canada English-speaking women and men religious and their Associates and Collaborators in the pursuit of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation.  It will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Mary Ward Centre of Loretto College in Toronto.

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CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014

The Radical Welcoming of the Other is the central theme of this issue of the CRC Bulletin. This theme was chosen as a follow-up to the CRC 2014 General Assembly.

In the editorial, Sister Rita Larivée, SSA, states that "the CRC 2014 General Assembly challenged us to intercultural living and summoned us to navigate cultural boundaries for the sake of mission in our world today. Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSP, emphasizes that invitation to and inclusion of community members from cultures that are not our own are not enough for today; we must arrive at radical welcome of the other within our midst."

To access the CRC Bulletin click on this link:
CRC Bulletin, Volume 11, Issue 3 - Fall 2014

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