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New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, "Vos estis lux mundi", just released new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensuring that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. This includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily. Click here to read more.

A Canadian Jesuit Appointed Special Secretary for the Amazon synod

Father Michael Czerny, SJ, Undersecretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Department, will be one of the two special secretaries of the Synod on the Amazon which will be held in October. While he was working with the Council for Justice and Peace, Fr. Czerny was involved in the "REPAM" pan-Amazonian network which serves as the official liaison with the Holy See and their advisor. To learn more, click here.


Mer et Monde is celebrating 20 years!

On June 14, the international cooperation organization, Mer et Monde, will celebrate 20 years at La Cenne Espace culturel (Montreal). This event will also be an opportunity to highlight the contributions made by Mireille Chilloux who is retiring this summer. To purchase your tickets ($20), click here.


Élisabeth Garant and Fr. Gilles Mongeau on the show Église en Sortie

Last week, on Église en Sortie, Élisabeth Garant spoke about the Centre justice et foi and its principle of Vivre ensemble (Living together), particularly in the context of new pluralism in Quebec. For example, the Centre "has developed a new resource on the subject of Islam, and of people of Muslim faith or culture, a travelling exhibition that has toured Quebec and is still on display."

Fr. Gilles Mongeau, SJ, presented the reflection document written by the Jesuits of Canada about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, a document that "is an instrument, an exercise even, of reflection to help our works and our communities resume an evangelical path to respond to this situation". To see the show (in French), click here.


Young professionals invited to an Ignatian retreat

From May 31 to June 2, young professionals (19-39 years old) are invited to Pickering to participate in a silent Ignatian retreat. Participants will learn to use tools of discernment to see more clearly in their lives. Through meditation of the Scriptures, young professionals will be invited to explore their interior life and to meet God within it. To register (suggested contribution $220), click here.




Martyrs' Shrine opens their doors to pilgrims

On May 4, 2019, Saturday, the Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, ON welcomes pilgrims for the season. To find out more details of the different pilgrimages, click here.


The Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops supports the 5-10-15 campaign

Last May 1, the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops published a message supporting the 5-10-15 campaign: know your schedule 5 days in advance, have 10 days of paid leave in the event of absence due to illness or family responsibilities and receive a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The Assembly invites the Catholic institutions of Quebec to make sure that their personnel benefit from these conditions. To read the message, click here.





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July 11, 2019 — This year, the Manresa Spiritual Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first laymen retreats in Toronto in 1925 and the foundation of Manresa in 1949, including the addition of retreats for women and for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

July 9, 2019 — This second part of the Praying With the Preferences series focuses on the first two Apostolic Preferences: showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; as well as walking with the poor and the outcasts of this world.

July 9, 2019 — On July 31, we will celebrate two special masses in honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.

July 8, 2019 — The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is very pleased to welcome two new, full-time staff members: Mark Hathaway as Associate Director and Victoria Blanco as Office and Program Manager.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 28, 2019 — This week is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast, whose origins date back to the XVIIth century, gives us the opportunity to meditate on how Jesus expressed his love. It was also an occasion for the Jesuits of Canada to consecrate their Toronto offices on June 25.  

June 28, 2019 — Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the importance of inclusion in the world of education, using the Fe y Alegría model as an example. This exhortation is a recurring theme in the Pope's speeches and is in line with a call for renewal in education which dates back to 1965.

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