October 2020
16 October 2020

In this issue:
– Emerging stronger from the pandemic: A message from leaders of Canada’s religious communities
– Brother Louis Cinq-Mars, OFM Cap, finishes his mandate as President of the Canadian Religious Conference
– The Death of Joyce Echaquan: Anti-Indigenous Racism
– Fratelli Tutti, the Pope Francis encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship
– Resources around medical assistance in dying: Message We can and must do much better and letter Samaritanus Bonus

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Emerging stronger from the pandemic – A message from leaders of Canada’s religious communities
14 October 2020

The second wave of COVID-19 is spreading and forcing us to make new efforts of solidarity. Like you, we have gone through the last months of the pandemic facing the same challenges as you have been facing. The outbreaks in our infirmaries and residences have caused us to lose sisters and brothers, without our being able to accompany and support them as we would have liked. […] We hope, with these words, to offer some wisdom and faith so that solidarity might be within our reach.

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We Can and Must do Much Better – Religious Leaders in Canada denounce Bill C-7
14 October 2020

Today, more than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open letter to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on 5 October 2020 which seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Leaders for a consecrated life in a world in gestation
06 October 2020

Online leadership course with Piluca Benavente, MSOLA, and Emili Turú Rofes, FMS, open to religious interested in the subject. The five Modules that make up the program will be given in English, French, Italian and Spanish with simultaneous translation.

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Coping with Grief and Loss during COVID-19
04 November 2020

The Manitoba Multifaith Council Spiritual Health Committee, in collaboration with the Interfaith Healthcare Association of Manitoba, is pleased to present this half-day workshop on the subject of grief during this pandemic. Anne Whitford-Fast and Lynn Granke will facilitate a process for participants to consider their own losses and via this experience, be able to help others in their faith communities give expression to their grief and find a way forward in this new normal.

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Conference of the National Association of Vocation/Formation Directors (NAVFD)
25 April 2021

Our Association’s mandate is to encourage and foster a culture of vocation among all Catholics across Canada by helping each person to recognize and realize their unique call from God to their own special way of living in this world.

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