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Moral issues slip into background for conservatives

Mark Steyn

March 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Moral issues, such as abortion and the traditional family, have receded to the background in the Canadian conservative movement. The annual "barometer," a yearly poll commissioned for the annual Manning Networking Conference held in Ottawa Feb. 27 to March 1, reveals abortion is low on the public agenda of not only the Canadian public, but also self-identified conservatives. "Dealing with euthanasia," however, remains high on the agenda among both constituencies, according to the poll.

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Federal Liberals resolve to promote assisted suicide

March 17 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party's approval of a pro-euthanasia resolution at its Montreal policy convention Feb. 23 reveal the Quebec government's arguments have gained national traction. Delegates at the Liberal biennial convention in Montreal Feb. 20-23 approved the decriminalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The resolution says "the choice to take one's life when terminally ill is extremely personal," and adults "should reserve the right to decide when their life ends and when their suffering ends."

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Risk your lives to save Ukraine – Shevchuk

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Ukrainians must be willing to give their lives to protect the freedom of their country, says the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. "Our people and our country are currently in danger," Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, said in a March 3 statement. "We must stand up for our country, to be ready – if necessary – to sacrifice our lives in order to protect the sovereign, free, independent, and unified state," he said in the statement distributed by the Catholic magazine Credo.

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Ukraine crisis replays lead-up to WW2 – priest

Fr. Andrly Chirovsky

March 17, 2014
JOYCE CORONEL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an extremely dangerous situation that should be of concern to all, said a prominent Ukrainian Catholic priest. "We are seeing a replay of the lead-up to World War II going on now," said Father Andriy Chirovsky, pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tucson, Ariz., and founder of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa. "It's very similar events to what happened before World War II, except that in World War II, it was Hitler doing it."

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Fast with two wings

March 17, 2014
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

For Catholics, the practice of fasting has by and large fallen off the screen, due in large measure to the minimalistic interpretation of what Church members are told "fasting" means: "Take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted." Should you tell that to a Muslim or Jew or Buddhist who asks what fasting means for Catholics, be prepared to be looked at with an uncomprehending frown.

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L. American voices now heard in Rome

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March 17, 2014
LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Many Latin American Church leaders, who in the past have felt excluded from the decisions made at the highest echelons of the Church, expressed appreciation for the perspective Pope Francis has taken to the Vatican. "There is (now) a greater understanding of the Latin American Church," said Bishop Miguel Olaortua Laspra of Iquitos, Peru.

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Argentine pope brought new style to the papacy

Pope Francis

March 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

From the moment Pope Francis, dressed simply in a white cassock, stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica for the first time and bowed, he signaled his pontificate would bring some style differences to the papacy. Some of the style changes are simply a reflection of his personality, he has explained. Others are meant to be a lesson. But sometimes the two coincide.

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Shalom Media sets up Edmonton unit

Fr. Jim Corrigan

March 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Shalom Media's Catholic charismatic TV channel will soon be supplementing the pastoral efforts of the Church. The new 24/7 satellite TV channel will broadcast to English-speaking viewers worldwide. Shalom Media has eight production houses in the United States, with its main headquarters in Sacramento, Calif.

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St. Mary's ends the disadvantage in higher learning

March 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A mother with six children, Levia Quequezana has found new confidence through a program at Calgary's St. Mary's University College. "I always put my children as my priority in life, but I put myself and my dreams in the last position in line," Quequezana said in an interview. Through the college's Humanities 101 program, however, she was able to find the support she needs to get a university education. It gave her bus tickets to attend class, a delicious meal each day, free tuition, childcare and lots of assistance.

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CCODP animator comes face to face with African poverty

Sara Farid

March 17, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the Alberta leader of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Sara Farid has lots of opportunities to travel. But her latest trip to Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso was different. "It changed me in ways that I don't even understand," she says. "I wasn't ever keen on wasting food or taking our food for granted but now it has a different value."

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