Jan 06

Weekly Updates – January 7, 2018

A virtue of the month as used by the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (January – Courage)

The “Spirited Kids and Fun Facts” page now includes videos for the Virtue of the Month as well as videos for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

WITNESS – Dr. Ernie Allen, Chair of the WePROTECT Global Alliance
Dr. Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy; the dark side of the internet; public-private partnerships and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and human trafficking. He frequently speaks to global audiences on these issues serves as an advisor to governments, law enforcement, technology companies and nonprofit organizations. He currently chairs a global effort for the British government to combat online child abuse that was created by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2015, the WePROTECT Global Alliance.
This interview took place at the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress in Rome on October 3, 2017

The Pope Video 01-2018 – Religious Minorities in Asia – January 2018
Sometimes we might think that being Christian is difficult. But what’s certain is that it is much more difficult in some places than in others. Asia is one of these places. Here, Christianity is a minority religion, and like other minorities, Christians often suffer persecution. Let us pray that all religions, also those that are minorities, are given the freedom that sometimes today on the Asian continent, they are lacking.
“In the vastly diversified cultural world of Asia, the Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.
These risks, these challenges are shared with other minority religious traditions, with whom we share a desire for wisdom, truth and holiness.
When we think of those who are persecuted for their religion, we go beyond differences of rite or confession : We place ourselves on the side of the men and women who fight to avoid renouncing their religious identity.
Let us pray for all of them, so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”

WITNESS – Sr. Prema Pierick, MC – Witness
Sister Mary Prema Pierick, whose name in Sanskrit means love, is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters Charity, the religious congregation founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now St. Teresa.
She was born Mechthild Pierick in a farming community in Reken, Germany. In 1980, after reading the biography of the foundress, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge, she went to meet Mother Teresa in Berlin. She felt called to join her work and moved to India to join the Missionaries.
Sr. Prema eventually became the Regional Superior of the institute for the Sisters in Europe. She returned to India to supervise the tertianship program of the institute, the last stage of training before final religious profession. She succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi as Superior General on March 24, 2009, elected on the first ballot and heading an institute which had over 5,000 members worldwide at that time.

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