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CRC Petition 

The CRC (Canadian Religious Conference) has been circulating a petition asking that the female superiors general attending the Synod of Bishops on Young People have the same voting rights as have been granted to non-ordained male superiors general. Click on this petition from “Groundswell” to read an explanation and check the groups and organizations supporting the effort. Beginning October 18, the petition will be hand delivered to bishops, cardinals, and all voting members attending the Synod, as well as to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod.

Becky McKenna, CND


God Is Young: A Conversation with Thomas Leoncini, by Pope Francis. (Random House: 2018 108-pages.) This little book came out in English just before the current Synod of Bishops focused on young people. “God is young;… always new,” the Pope says. God shows energy, spontaneity and a desire for change, qualities needed in the face of the many problems testing today’s church. Francis speaks of a “revolution of tenderness” in which young people with courage, imagination and creativity will join the elderly who have wisdom, experience and gentle compassion to tackle the problems in today’s world. He does not shy away from big issues: climate change, leadership, bullying, technology, and social media. “Where there is life there is movement; where there is movement there are changes, exploration, uncertainties; there is hope, there is joy, as well as anguish and misery.” (p. 6).

Other one-liners the Pope drops on readers:

“Why don’t we love ourselves and the way God made us?” (p. 34).

“Old dreamers and young prophets are the way of salvation of our rootless society...” (p. 19).

“…I believe that it is diversity of opinion and its expansion that profoundly enrich us and enable our society to progress...” (p. 59).

Such a little book! And such rich reflection material! The Pope concludes with Saint Thomas More’s Prayer for Good Humour, which he recites daily.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Canada has its first National Anti-Poverty Plan 

This past week we recognized the National Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty on October 17th, our first one since we became a country with a national anti-poverty plan. For over a decade, sisters and associates of Visitation Province have been supporting the Dignity for All campaign to end poverty in Canada. One of our goals was to create a comprehensive, strong, and effective national anti-poverty plan that would show federal leadership in ending poverty. Thanks to all of our hard work, on August 21, 2018, the Federal government released Opportunity for All, Canada's first National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Moving forward we will continue to work at holding the government to account for strengthening this strategy. We have achieved something significant. Let’s keep going to truly end poverty in Canada.

Monica Lambton, JPIC Coordinator

Pet Therapy: If a dog were your teacher, you would learn things like:

• When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them • Take naps • Stretch before rising • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently That's the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND


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