Weekly Updates – June 4, 2017

The Charismatic Renewal: a hope for Christian unity
Rev. Father Raniero CANTALAMESSA, Preacher to the Papal Household

Pentecost and the seven gifts
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington discusses Pentecost and the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Pope Video 06-2017 – Eliminate arms trade – June 2017
June 2017. The Pope Video. Let’s put an end to the arms trade. We can do this. And it’s urgent that we do it. The world does not need merchants of death who get rich on war. We need peace. Let us join the Pope in praying for peace.
“It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.
Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade and so that the merchants of death get rich?
Let us put an end to this situation. Let us pray all together that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade which victimizes so many innocent people.”
From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer)

Reunited: A Short Film about Music and the Human Spirit
In this uplifting short film, directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble, Noisey meets 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was given a new lease of life and relief from dementia and depression, when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist in his younger days. They reunited him with his ex-band members for a special performance, which proved the power of music for people suffering cognitive disorders.

“Conscience of a Nation” edited by Jacques Monet, SJ (Subject Matters S2.E9)
Discover how the Jesuits in English Canada have contributed to the building of the nation, through their spirituality, schools, works for social justice and ethical consciousness since 1842.

Cardinal Müller talks conscience rights – Vatican Connections
In this week’s episode, we got to sit down with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was in Toronto, Canada, to speak on the right to express one’s conscience based on religious convictions. We also look back at the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, for the centenary of the Marian apparitions.

Development and Peace: 50 Years of Solidarity – Perspectives Weekly
Explore the extraordinary 50 year journey of Development and Peace with guests Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and Anne-Marie Jackson, two long-time members and integral figures in the organization. Founded by the Canadian Bishops as an independent, lay, grassroots organization in 1967, D&P takes a unique approach to aid: working with partners in the Global South to enable peoples to be the protagonists in their own development. D&P seeks to educate the Canadian population about the causes of poverty and mobilize them towards actions for change. Hosted by Sebastian Gomes.

Pope to create new cardinals – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections, we look at those who were handpicked by the Holy Father to be made cardinal in June, and one Ontario bishop talks to us about his ad limina visit in Rome.

WITNESS – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich – Archbishop of Chicago
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich was born on March 19, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Blase and Mary (Mayhan) Cupich. He is one of nine children, with five sisters and three brothers. He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.
Blase was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975. He graduated from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where, in 1979, he received his License of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology. He also holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America (1987).
Cardinal Cupich was the pastor of two parishes in Omaha before being appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 7, 1998, where he was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998. He was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and officially installed on September 3, 2010.
Blase Cupich was appointed by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Chicago on September 20, 2014, and was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
Cardinal Cupich has been Chair of the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008 until 2011. He currently serves on many committees, including: The National Catholic Educational Association Board, Chair; The USCCB Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; The USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation, Member; Catholic Extension Society, Chancellor, Member of the Board of Governors, and Chair of the Mission Committee; The Catholic Mutual Relief Society, Executive Member; and The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board, Member. He is also Chancellor of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. He has distinguished himself as a very articulate, courageous and respected Church leader and eloquent teacher on both the national and international levels of the Church.
Archbishop Cupich was a US delegate at the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Archbishop Blase Cupich to the College of Cardinals. This interview took place in the studio of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 1, 2017.

Who are the Swiss Guards? – Vatican Connections
In this episode of Vatican Connections: Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to Fatima; new recruits are received into the Pontifical Swiss Guards; and the Holy Father ordains new priests for the diocese of Rome.

Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.

WITNESS – His Excellency Scott McCaig, CC, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of Canada
His Excellency, Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, was born on December 12, 1965, in Kamloops, B.C.
After entering into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1987 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton University, Ottawa, he joined the Companions of the Cross in 1989. He had previously been involved in youth ministry and served with NET Youth Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a priest in June 1995, elected Superior General of the Companions of the Cross in 2006, and re-elected for a second term in 2012.
On April 8, 2016, Fr. McCaig was appointed bishop by Pope Francis and named the Military Ordinary of Canada. The Military Ordinariate has 23 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 13,400 served by 41 diocesan priests, one priest who is member of a religious institute, eight permanent deacons and 40 lay pastoral assistants. Fr. McCaig was ordained bishop in Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa on May 31, 2016.
Bishop McCaig serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada and has participated in missionary outreach to over 15 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also serves on the Board of Catholic Christian Outreach and is involved in the spiritual formation of the members of the movement. He regularly assists with training of missionaries with NET Ministries of Canada and is a co-Chaplain to the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests Apostolate in Ottawa.


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