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VANCOUVER – A motion that urges the federal government to work with provinces on a national strategy for end-of-life care has gained the support of Vancouver's archbishop. Archbishop Michael Miller wrote in a statement March 11 that he was "pleased to see a light of compassion and reason present itself" in Motion 456.
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An alleged gang rape by a University of Ottawa sports team and a separate incident of sexually malicious comments on Facebook has reignited concern about a "rape culture" on campus. These incidents are but the latest in a series that includes the vile "rape chant" by male students at St. Mary's University in Halifax during last year's frosh week.
There have been five mass extinctions in the last 540 million years. Science tells us a sixth is now underway. But only faith can tell us how we will live through it. The Jesuits of Regis College gathered about 100 people on United Nations World Water Day, March 22, to think and pray about climate change, water and human responsibility.
MONTREAL – William Kokesch, a deacon in the Montreal Archdiocese, pleaded guilty in court on Feb. 21 to the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. Court heard that 99,000 still images of children and 2,000 child porn videos, many of which showed the sexual exploitation of young girls, were found on the computer of the former director of communications for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
MONTREAL – A campaign in Quebec to establish its own international development agency is being welcomed by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as a possible new source of funding. "We would always welcome another source of funding if it's in keeping with our mission and our principles," said Development and Peace national council president Pat Kennedy.
An Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) study reveals a widening marriage gap between rich and poor Canadians. The IMFC report entitled The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians reveals a greater decline among mid- and low-income earners than among high-income earners in its study of marriage rates over the past 35 years.
TORONTO – Pope John Paul II Day is close to being celebrated in Ontario, but the provincial Parliament needs to act quickly. On March 17, after receiving the full support of the legislature, a bill to proclaim April 2 in honour of the late pope passed its final reading, leaving about two weeks for it to receive royal assent in order for the first Pope John Paul II Day to be celebrated this year. The pope died April 2, 2005.
A team at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto is working to curb the financial ailments of its low-income patients and help people realize that health is relative to wealth. "The health-wealth gradient has been found time and time again," said Dr. Andrew Pinto, a member of St. Michael's family health team and Centre for Research on Inner City Health.
After almost 60 years as a Lutheran, Father Joseph Jacobson entered the Catholic Church. Following his conversion to Catholicism, he prepared and privately published a 68-page volume titled A Gift of Love, The Joys and Treasures of a New Catholic. Its purpose is to give a serious account of why he became Catholic, and what he learned and experienced afterwards.
For 22 years, homeschooling has been a way of life for Bonnie Landry in the little hamlet of Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. With seven children, aged seven to 26, she still has a few more years to go. Landry presents several homeschooling workshops every year, and was a speaker at the Western Canadian Catholic Homeschool Conference, March 13-15 at Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. The conference, attended by about 175 homeschooling parents, was called Why on Earth Would You Home School?