Stories for the Middle Column of the WCR This Week Page
COMBERMERE, Ont. – Guadalupe (Lupe) Zabaco, staff worker of Madonna House, died peacefully on April 1 in Combermere. Zabaco, 92, was born in Spain and served for many years at Edmonton’s Marian Centre. She attended high school and the University in Madrid, receiving her nursing degree in 1951. After graduation, she nursed in Madrid and later in Managua, Nicaragua.
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Canada needs to be converted on both ecological issues and indigenous rights if it is to meet its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the head of KAIROS, the national inter-church justice group. Jennifer Henry says Canada needs to consider how best to do that so that it both addresses indigenous rights and contributes to reducing climate change. "Our climate solutions are actually indigenous right solutions as well. And that mostly has to do with resource projects," Henry told the Social Justice Institute at The King's College in Edmonton April 9.
Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, named by Pope Francis April 8 to head the Military Ordinariate of Canada, traces the beginning of his priestly vocation to a glimpse of a road sign. McCaig, who has served since 2006 as the superior general of the Companions of the Cross, was then 13 years old and traveling by car on vacation with his parents. He doesn't remember the location, possibly northwest Ontario, but he glanced up to see the sign showing a picture of the crucified Christ with the caption "Dare to be a priest like me."
VATICAN CITY - Simple gestures such as a kind look or a morning kiss and family prayer can strengthen couples in living out their vocation to marriage, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation. Released April 8, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family, not only addresses major themes discussed during the 2014 and 2015 meetings of the Synod of Bishops, but also delves deeper into the Church's teachings on true love and the family. It also highlights the importance of sexuality and passion as a manifestation of true love as a gift.
With a simple tap, Pope Francis joined Instagram and quickly set a record for gaining one million followers. The launch of the Franciscus account March 19, the feast of St. Joseph and the third anniversary of the formal inauguration of his papacy, was preceded by huge media coverage. But still, he hit the million-follower mark in just 12 hours, making his "our fastest growing account on Instagram to date," said Stephanie Noon, an Instagram spokeswoman.
Through its student life and campus ministry teams, as well as some members of the academic faculty, St. Joseph's College dedicates significant resources to suicide intervention and prevention. These resources are made available to all staff and students who require them and not just those who reside or take courses at the college. Although most University of Alberta students might not meet the Supreme Court of Canada test, namely, "a competent adult person who 1) clearly consents to the termination of life and 2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition," our concern is that legislation permitting physician-assisted death (hereafter PAD) may have the unintended social-psychological effect of "normalizing" suicide.