Catholic Register Staff

Catholic Register Staff

Despite several invitations and considerable speculation, a papal visit to Canada seems no closer today than it was 2 1/2 years ago when the topic first surfaced.

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

CHURCH ‘SHAKEN’: The Catholic Church in Australia has been “shaken to the core” over the abuse scandal and is facing the biggest crisis in its history, the Archbishop of Brisbane has said.

Mark Coleridge, vice-president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, was speaking Oct. 9 after visiting Rome with fellow Australian bishops for talks about the fallout of the clerical sexual abuse crisis which has been the focus of an Australian royal commission.

The scandal widened when police in June charged Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer and former Archbishop of Sydney, with historic sexual offences. Pell has taken a leave of absence while he seeks to clear his name.

RECTOR LEAVES: The Legionaries of Christ pledged its ongoing commitment to reform as it released information about a former rector who has publicly acknowledged being the father of two children.

Legionaries’ Fr. Oscar Turrion, who has served as rector of the order’s seminary in Rome since 2014, informed his superiors of “his intention to leave priestly ministry” in light of the revela-tions, the order said in a statement Oct. 6.

Turrion, who also released his own letter describing the affair, offered his apologies and asked for prayers.

AGENCIES GUIDE: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto has published a 24-page booklet listing social service agencies to help parishes respond to families in need.

Cardinal Thomas Collins specifically links the booklet, titled Outreach in Justice and Love: A Social Services Resource, with his hopes for parishes to develop comprehensive pastoral plans.

For a copy, call (416) 934-3401

Hundreds of thousands of Polish Catholics gathered along their country’s border Oct. 7 to pray for peace, as well as for the future and salvation of Poland and the world. The event, entitled “Rosary at the Borders,” was organized by a lay movement called the Solo Dios Basta Foundation (God Alone Suffices). It was supported by the Polish Bishop’s Conference and was sponsored by several state-owned companies. Approximately 90 per cent of the country identifies as Catholic.

According to The New York Times, participants gathered for prayer at 320 churches near the border of Poland as well as in 4,000 designated prayer zones. The prayer took place on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which also commemorates the anni-versary of the Battle of Lepanto, during which Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, is credited for a key victory against the Ottoman Empire.

CHURCH ‘SHAKEN’: The Catholic Church in Australia has been “shaken to the core” over the abuse scandal and is facing the biggest crisis in its history, the Archbishop of Brisbane has said.

Mark Coleridge, vice-president of the Australian Bishops’ Conference, was speaking Oct. 9 after visiting Rome with fellow Australian bishops for talks about the fallout of the clerical sexual abuse crisis which has been the focus of an Australian royal commission.

The scandal widened when police in June charged Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican treasurer and former Archbishop of Sydney, with historic sexual offences. Pell has taken a leave of absence while he seeks to clear his name.

RECTOR LEAVES: The Legionaries of Christ pledged its ongoing commitment to reform as it released information about a former rector who has publicly acknowledged being the father of two children.

Legionaries’ Fr. Oscar Turrion, who has served as rector of the order’s seminary in Rome since 2014, informed his superiors of “his intention to leave priestly ministry” in light of the revela-tions, the order said in a statement Oct. 6.

Turrion, who also released his own letter describing the affair, offered his apologies and asked for prayers.

AGENCIES GUIDE: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto has published a 24-page booklet listing social service agencies to help parishes respond to families in need.

Cardinal Thomas Collins specifically links the booklet, titled Outreach in Justice and Love: A Social Services Resource, with his hopes for parishes to develop comprehensive pastoral plans.

For a copy, call (416) 934-3401

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Canada's first Indigenous woman senator a "blessing" to the Church:

Thelma Chalifoux, Canada’s first Indigenous woman senator, is being remembered as a trailblazer, an elder and a blessing to the Catholic Church.

A lifelong activist for the Métis in Canada, Sen. Chalifoux, 88, died Sept. 22, surrounded by family and friends in St. Albert, Alta.

“She was a history maker and a trailblazer,” said Sen. Chalifoux’s daughter, Debbie Coulter. Sen. Chalifoux was the first Métis woman to receive the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now called the Indspire Award) in 1994, and the first woman Métis on the University of Alberta senate.

She worked as an activist for reconciliation between the Church and residential school survivors, and helped negotiate land transfers from the Church back to the local Métis community.

WANTED IN CANADA: An arrest warrant has been issued in Canada for Msgr. Carlo Capella, the Vatican diplomat recalled from service in Washington in late August, who already was the subject of a Vatican criminal investigation involving child por-nography.

Police in Windsor, Ont., issued a statement Sept. 28 saying Capella, 50, was wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for several charges related to child pornogra-phy.

He is believed to now be in Italy. “Investigators believe that the offences occurred while the suspect was visiting a place of worship in Windsor,” the statement said.

BURKE APPOINTED: Pope Francis has named U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke a member of the Apostolic Signature, the Church’s supreme court, which the cardinal headed as prefect from 2008 to 2014. His nomination on Sept. 30 was met with surprise in some quarters because he continues to speak publicly about issuing a formal “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis over the Pope’s teaching in Amoris Laetitia, his exhortation on the family.

POWER OF PRAYER: Three and a half months after being shot at a baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise received standing ovations from the House floor Sept. 28 where he attributed his recovery to the power of prayer.

“I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” he said.

He recounted how he prayed for specific things and many of those prayers were answered, which gave him “renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate.”

Thousands of people joined the Life Chain peaceful protest against abortion on Oct. 1 at more than 200 street corners across Canada.

Pro-life activist Mary Wagner will not face any more jail time, an Ontario court has ruled.

The Catholic Register is pleased to introduce our new Youth Speak News team for 2017-2018. These 12 young people were selected from a very qualified number of applicants to The Register’s successful YSN program.

Mental health patients should not be eligible for assisted suicide, says the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Aid to the Church in Need set new fundraising records in Canada and internationally in 2016.