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Murmurs of civil disobedience arise at award for anti-euthanasia activist

June 13, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Anti-euthanasia activist Alex Schadenberg has been honoured with the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life by the Catholic Civil Rights League for his ongoing advocacy against euthanasia and assisted suicide. On June 2, Schadenberg was presented with the Exner Award at the league's annual spring dinner in Toronto. League executive director Christian Elia said Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, could have been given this award many years ago.

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So-Cons re-examine Tory ties after party retreats on marriage

June 13, 2016
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Some social conservatives are ready to leave the Conservative Party after the party's policy convention decided it will no longer uphold the traditional definition of marriage. "It's a tragedy social conservatives in Canada no longer have a party that they can support," said Gwen Landolt, national vice president of REAL Women of Canada. "The Conservative Party at the convention has just become another liberal-lite party, which we cannot either accept or support," Landolt said.

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Every life a gift from God

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Clarence and Marie Ibach's family is a living witness that every life is a gift from God. Originally seeking "healthy" children when they set out to adopt, the Ibachs' family portrait today includes 10 children with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. "We said, 'God, whatever you want,' and that's what he gave us," said Marie. "They're special."

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Collins challenges growing threat to life.

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

As the Liberal government rushes a bill legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide through Parliament, thousands gathered in Ottawa May 12 for the annual National March for Life. The march's focal point has always been "the threat to life at its earliest stages through abortion," Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto said in his homily at a pro-life Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Religious women called to be prophets, not preservers

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May 30, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME - Women consecrated in religious life and engaged in apostolic work must realize their vocation is about being prophetic witnesses of God's love, superiors general from around the world were told. They should not see their mission as one of building and maintaining great institutions, speakers told almost 900 superiors of religious orders at the assembly of the International Union of Superiors General.

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Priest appointments in Edmonton Archdiocese

May 30, 2016
Following is a list of appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese, effective Aug. 17, unless otherwise indicated.

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Ukrainian sister named dean of Newman College

Sr. Zoe Bernatsky
May 30, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sister Dr. Zoe Bernatsky brings a multitude of talents to her new role as academic dean of Newman Theological College. One of the most notable is her attitude. "It's been exciting," she said in an interview. "I love to learn, love to pray, love to work with people. And I have had great mentors along the way and many, many blessings and opportunities."

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Biography of Vanier drawing strong interest from readers

Jean Vanier
May 30, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - The inspiration and wisdom of L'Arche founder Jean Vanier teaches us not only how to become more human, but also how to be people of faith in a world wary of religion, says author and academic Michael Higgins. Higgins describes his 110-page biography as a brief introduction to the life of one of the last century's most influential writers and thinkers, and "a spiritual mentor to millions irrespective of religion." Higgins spoke to about 100 people present for the Toronto launch of his new biography of the founder of the L'Arche movement.

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War drives Melkite priest to Edmonton

Fr. Issa Mammar
May 30, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With rockets falling daily on the Syrian capital of Damascus, life for Father Issa Mammar and his family was becoming unbearable. The civil war, which started in 2011, was lasting too long. The married Melkite Catholic priest and his wife Rima were worried about the safety of their children, Jean-Pierre, 13, and Anne Marie, 5. Terrorists often target schools and civilian areas and Mammar felt his family was in danger. So he started planning to leave his war-torn country.

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Syrian bishop seeks support for Christians in war-torn Aleppo

May 30, 2016
MARY CHALUPSKY
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - The Melkite Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, has thanked the Knights of Columbus and other organizations for speaking out about the genocide of Syrian Christians and other religious minorities. Speaking May 2 with a heavy but hopeful heart at a news conference at the Knights' headquarters, Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart also asked for support for his war-torn city.

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