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Pope stirs Turkish response by mentioning genocide

July 11, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis and his hosts on his June 24-26 visit to Armenia repeatedly used the word "genocide" to describe the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1918. It is a term that has raised the ire of the leaders of neighbouring Turkey in the past, and it did this time as well. Turkey recalled its Vatican ambassador for about a year after Pope Francis in April 2015 quoted St. John Paul II in describing the massacre as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Kasun to be ordained a bishop on Sept. 12

July 11, 2016

The episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Robert Kasun will take place Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. Kasun, pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus and St. Clare parishes, has been appointed auxiliary bishop to the archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Ont. law society infringement on religious liberty upheld

July 11, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Religious freedom advocates are troubled by a June 19 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling upholding the Law Society of Upper Canada's refusal to accredit the proposed law school at Trinity Western University (TWU). The appeal court ruled that although the law society's decision infringed on the right to religious freedom, that discrimination was justified.

Kasun shocked when named Toronto auxiliary bishop

Fr. Bob Kasun

June 27, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Call Basilian Father Bob Kasun a most reluctant bishop. "I find this appointment shocking and really hard to handle," he said in a June 17 interview. When he started receiving mysterious phone messages from Ottawa one Friday afternoon, leaving a woman's first name and a number to call, he deleted them from his phone. Maybe it was a telephone solicitor or some sort of scam.

New bishop wins rave reviews from St. Alphonsus parishioners

June 27, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Ask Fred Prather about the job Basilian Father Bob Kasun has done as pastor of Edmonton's St. Alphonsus Parish, and the response is immediate. "Phenomenal!" says the long-time parishioner. "This is a man utterly dedicated to the poor and downtrodden." Prather runs off a litany of outreach programs Kasun has started ranging from a group that prays the rosary while walking down the 118th Avenue strip west of Rexall Place to having an annual street barbecue for the immigrants and low-income people of the neighbourhood.

Faith leaders unite in call for palliative care

June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quality, widely accessible palliative care is one of Canada's greatest needs, says Bishop Noël Simard of Valleyfield, Que. Simard, representing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders who issued a call June 14 for a well-funded, quality national palliative care strategy. The interfaith leaders made the pitch as the assisted suicide Bill C-14 was headed to third reading in the Senate before being sent back to the House of Commons.

WYD pilgrims sent off with Smith's blessing

June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

'Don't be afraid," Archbishop Richard Smith told young people travelling to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day. "Go with open hearts and understand that Jesus takes nothing and gives everything." Smith presided at the commissioning Mass for World Youth Day June 12 at Holy Rosary Church, a Polish church. Dozens of young men and women wearing the red and white T-shirt of the Canadian delegation attended the Mass - their last official activity before they depart for Poland in mid-July.

Brothers commute to help parish prepare for Kraków

June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Theodore Ng and his younger brother Jonhansel Ng are determined to get themselves and a group of Sherwood Park youths to Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day. They have the energy, the passion and the love to make it happen and so volunteered to coordinate preparations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, although they no longer live in Sherwood Park. The Ng brothers live and work in Grande Prairie and commute weekly to organize meetings and fundraisers.

Montreal mayor vague about Church role in anniversary

June 27, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Montreal prepares to celebrate its 375th anniversary in 2017, it is yet unclear how the city will honour its Catholic heritage. Although Mayor Denis Coderre has offered reassuring words on the matter, many political and religious voices fear Montreal's rich religious history will be put aside. "Be patient," Coderre told Catholic News Service when asked about how he intends to include Catholic heritage in the festivities.

Canadian Catholics ponder future of suicide on demand

Pills

June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in Canada, but opponents vow to fight on a number of fronts in hopes, ultimately, of seeing Canadian society reverse its position. In a June 20 statement, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said the Supreme Court and Parliament have "sent our country down a path that leads not simply, and obviously, towards physical death for an increasing number of fellow citizens, but towards a grim experience for everyone in our society of the coldness of spiritual death.