Cardinals Jean-Claude Hollerich and Mario Grech present the changes to the Synod composition at the Holy See Press Office Wednesday. A synodal Church is an opportunity to repair damaged trust, says Barb Dowding, the Vancouver contributor to the final North America document for the 2021-to-2024 synod. (Vatican Media)

For Vancouver’s Synod representative, this is an opportunity to rebuild trust

Although the changes to the Synod of Bishops introduced Wednesday by Pope Francis to allow lay people, including women, to enjoy voting rights at the assembly are of interest to Dowding, she’s more passionate about the final document’s emphasis on baptismal calling and dignity in a more synodal Church as an opportunity to repair damaged trust.

Argentine theologian Emilce Cuda, known as “the woman who knows how to read Pope Francis,” will speak at next week’s St. Mark’s College conference on the Pope’s legacy. More than 45 scholars from around the world will take part. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Shedding light on a complex Pope: St. Mark’s conference examines Francis’ unique legacy

The first international forum to explore Pope Francis’ papacy in a Canadian context will be held in Vancouver next week, drawing more than 45 speakers from around the world.

Catholic doctors are concerned that B.C.’s new Health Professions and Occupations Act could criminalize any medical advice that is not sanctioned by the government or regulators. (Adobe)

Catholic doctors speak out against Bill 36 as a violation of conscience rights

Catholic physicians in B.C. are sounding the alarm about a contentious piece of legislation that they fear has opened the door to ideological coercion and possible religious discrimination.

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