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Palliative Care doctors urge Que. Premier to reject euthanasia

May 12, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Dr. Balfour Mount, considered the "father of palliative care in North America" has written an open letter to Quebec's new premier urging him not to re-introduce the euthanasia bill. In a letter jointly-signed by Dr. Serge Daneault, the doctors congratulated Quebec Liberal Leader Dr. Philippe Couillard, a brain surgeon, for his April 7 victory. They expressed "deep disappointment" on behalf of many fellow physicians and Quebec citizens at Couillard's announcement the day after he was elected that he intended to re-introduce euthanasia Bill 52, including its provisions on medical aid in dying, a euphemism for euthanasia.

Pastoral care providers seek to foster human thriving

Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips

May 12, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Each of us is a pilgrim on a journey. Sometimes on our individual journeys, we share a path with others, other times we walk alone and sometimes our paths veer off. The basic human gift is the right to choose which path to take. "But what do we do when faced with life transitions, challenges, choice and illness? Those are crucible moments, and sometimes they are also moments that are pivotal," said Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips, an occupational therapist and assistant professor at the University of Alberta.

Papal saints had courage, mercy

May 12, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy. The papal saints responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions, Pope Francis said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square. "They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century," the pope said. "They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful."

Director of Catholic Rights League dies

May 12, 2014
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – A voice committed to faith and fairness has been silenced. Joanne McGarry, executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League, succumbed to pancreatic cancer April 28. She was 60. McGarry's career spanned journalism, business, public relations and advocacy. She was passionate about defending the Church and its teachings. Her first career was in Catholic journalism, where she served as managing editor of The Catholic Register.

Miracles stirred pilgrims to make the journey

May 12, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – When preparing for two canonizations that draw nearly one million people to Rome, people usually pack essentials like food, water, raingear and sun hats. But like any real pilgrimage, the most important supplies end up being plenty of patience and perseverance, many pilgrims said. Many came to the April 27 canonizations of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II not for comfort, but to give thanks for the spiritual inspiration and intercession of the two popes.

Weak Church needs 'spectacular popes' – Collins

May 12, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

ROME – Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins mused whether the extraordinary popes the Catholic Church has had in Popes John XXIII and John Paul II and other recent popes is a sign of weakness. God has blessed the Church with "spectacular popes" in recent centuries, Collins said in an April 25 interview. That "may be a sign that we are rather weak because there are times in the history of the Church when we didn't have such good popes," he said.

French TV Mass escapes unscathed from CBC budget cuts

May 12, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – CBC budget cuts in April that will cost more than 600 employees their jobs left the weekly Mass in French relatively unscathed. Le Jour du Seigneur, the Radio-Canada broadcast of the Mass, is guaranteed through the 2014-15 television season. However, Masses to be broadcast will now originate in Quebec City. In recent years, the broadcast originated in a variety of parishes in Ottawa and Montreal.

School chaplain saves sacred items from profane destiny

Mark Siolek, with his daughter Madeline

May 12, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When Mark Siolek read an article about a bar owner purchasing confessionals from the Archdiocese of Buffalo to be used in bathrooms, his stomach turned. "They were having like a church yard sale (and) one fellow had bought confessionals and they took the confessionals and he put them in his bar as urinal stalls," said Siolek. "That really didn't sit well with me, so any time parishes were closing I would put out a feeler to see if there was anything that we could do."

Church must embrace multiculturalism

Fr. Van Nam Kim

May 12, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Christians need to embrace multiculturalism in order to evangelize, says Father Van Nam Kim. "Recognizing the multicultural reality of the Church and society is essential for successful evangelization," says the St. Joseph Seminary professor. "All members of the Church are called to be more receptive to multiculturalism." Kim is the author of the book Multicultural Theology and New Evangelization, which sheds light on the central role of multiculturalism in the Church in the third millennium. His previous work includes A Church of Hope, released in 2005.

B.C. First Nations people remember St. John Paul II as supporter

May 12, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Before Vancouver faithful began their celebration of the canonization of two popes, members of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh, and Musqueam tribes welcomed more than 9,000 participants to the land. "Over 300 years ago, you would not be sitting in chairs in this building; you would be sitting in a forest," began Rennie Nahanee, First Nations ministry coordinator for the archdiocese, April 27. "We hold up our hands to the indigenous people who lived on this land for many generations and thank them for letting us speak our words and hold our ceremony here at the Pacific Coliseum."