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Baby Joseph dies at home in Ontario

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WINDSOR, ONT. — A 20-month-old boy who was at the centre of an end-of-life debate died at home Sept. 27.

Joseph Maraachli died with his parents, Moe and Sana, by his side, six months after receiving a tracheotomy at a Catholic hospital in St. Louis. The procedure allowed him to return home to be cared for by his family.

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Movies open doors to assisted suicide

October 10, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An increase in the number of movies that present assisted suicide in a positive light is contributing to a renewed momentum to legalize physician-assisted suicide, a panellist said at a Sept. 20 webinar.

Films such as Million Dollar Baby and The Sea Inside, both rated PG-13 as containing material that may be inappropriate for children under 13, “dull our repugnance” for assisted suicide, said Capuchin Franciscan Father Dan Mindling.

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Theologians say kill the death penalty

October 10, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — More than 200 Catholic theologians, scholars and social justice advocates have united in a call to abolish the death penalty in the United States.

In A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty, posted Sept. 26 on the website Catholic Moral Theology, the signers cite the executions of Troy Davis in Georgia and Lawrence Brewer in Texas in mid-September as the impetus for their decision to speak out.

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Canada’s bishops speak on Roman Missal

October 10, 2011
Dear brothers and sisters who assist in the liturgical and catechetical ministries of the Church,

This coming First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2011, the Church in our country will implement the liturgical norms of the third “typical edition” of the Roman Missal, as well as the revised Liturgical Calendar for the Dioceses of Canada. “Typical edition” means the text is the official version to which all copies and translations are to conform.

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Collins calls Catholic educators to be Christ’s disciples

Archbishop Thomas Collins

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — As Catholic schools across Canada face government pressure to adopt policies contrary to Church teaching, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins urged Catholic school trustees not to compromise fidelity to the faith.

Speaking to the annual conference of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association (CCSTA) here Sept. 23, Collins exhorted everyone involved in Catholic education to become disciples of Jesus and to fully participate in the new evangelization.

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Veteran reporter dispels Vatican myths

John Allen Jr.

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Veteran Rome-based reporter and author John Allen Jr. says there is no such thing as “the Vatican” as commonly portrayed by the mainstream media.

“Only seen from afar” is the Vatican perceived as a bunch of “Stepford wives all in lockstep,” the National Catholic Reporter’s senior correspondent told the Canadian Catholic School Trustees Association annual conference here Sept. 23.

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Fr. Carrier remembered for devotion to native people

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — When William Alexander Carrier, “Alex,” joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1959, he thought the road to the priesthood would be a straight one. Little did Carrier know what the future held in store.

Seven years into his studies for the priesthood he started doubting his vocation and left the Oblates. Thoughts of marriage crossed his mind.

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Vigil at abortion clinic aimed at changing hearts

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Lori Buhiire decided to take part in the local 40 Days for Life campaign for two reasons — to pray for an end to abortion and to pray for the Edmonton abortion clinic to close down.

“I definitely want to see an end to abortion all over the world, and I am also praying for the workers here,” Buhiire said in an interview.

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Blessing of the pets

Father John Leydon, an Irish Columbian priest, sprinkles holy water on people carrying their pets in Malate Church in Manila, Philippines, Oct. 2.

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Church leaders step up criticism of Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

October 10, 2011

The head of the Italian bishops' conference condemned the "licentious behaviour and improper relations" of Italy's political class, in what was seen as the strongest Church criticism to date of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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