The late Archbishop Daniel Bohan
Archdiocese of Regina

(March 20,2005-January 15,2016):

During the return flight from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, reporter
John Allen was one of those who was seated with the press in the Pope's
airplane. He wondered if there was one word that could sum up Pope Francis and his papacy. He decided that there was, and that word was "mercy." Pope Francis continually speaks of mercy, God's mercy, over and over again.

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Merciful Mother of Evangelization

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR
Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon:

My days growing up on the farm along with my Ukrainian cultural background, traditions and heritage are an important part of who I am. Likewise, your personal background, your heritage and the experiences in your life have shaped you and made you who you are. The Mother of God knows this so well and that is why she teaches us to be attentive to the details of our lives when we are called to evangelize one another.

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Justice and Mercy have Embraced

Archbishop Donald Bolen
Archdiocese of Regina:

Have you ever looked at those suffering around you, and the pain of the world, and wondered whether it was better to reach out to those in need nearby, or to work to make the world a better place? Have you ever heard a discussion, maybe even an argument, about whether it was more responsible, more Christian, to give help to the hungry neighbour or to commit yourself to changing unjust structures?

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Mary, Our Mother

Archbishop Murray Chatlain

Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas:

Why did Mary have to go through these things? In the letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 2:18 it says: "Because Jesus himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested." This is true of Mother Mary. Her faith was tested and tried in the furnace of humiliation, doubt and fear. Her faith became more mature and true because of what she went through
physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Immaculate Conception

Archbishop Richard Gagnon
Archdiocese of Winnipeg:

Even though the belief that Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother St. Ann without the stain of Original Sin, has very ancient roots in the Church -it wasn't until December 8th, 1854 that Pope Pius IX made it official in the Church when he stated Ex Cathedra: " A doctrine revealed by God and
therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the Faithful that the Blessed Virgin Mary in the first instance of her conception was, by a unique grace and privilege of Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ the Savior of the human race, preserved from the stain of Original Sin."....

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Daring to Follow The Lord
Archbishop emeritus Sylvain Lavoie, OMI
Archdiocese of Keewatin Le-Pas:

My own vocation story began in my family where I realize faith was more caught than taught. We packed into the car and drove eight miles to mass every Sunday on gravel roads. Every October and May we would pray the rosary kneeling around the kitchen table. What I recall most vividly is the peace that I felt in the car and in the house after those two prayerful events. It was, I believe, an experience of the presence of God.

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Virgin Most Merciful
Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, CSsR
Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan:

The person who is merciful - full of mercy - meets all other people
recognising that there is a common humanity that we share, that none of us has greater value or worth than others. It recognizes all others as equals, brothers and sisters in a common humanity. Mercy is indeed a religious term. Jesus spoke of it and expressed it often in his ministry. Pope Francis walks in venerable footsteps.

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