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OTTAWA – News that Health Canada expects to make an abortion drug available in July has pro-life groups and doctors concerned. "We're deeply saddened that this is going to become available to Canadian girls and women," said Campaign Life Coalition's Ottawa lobbyist Johanne Brownrigg. "We're concerned girls and women in isolated communities will think of this as an answer to a difficult situation and in fact complicate their own health."
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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE – The news media has focused so much on the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried that they skewed the public's perception of the 2014 and 2015 meetings of the Synod of Bishops, says Pope Francis. The pope told reporters he has been "annoyed" and "saddened" by the over-emphasis. "Don't they understand that the family throughout the world is in crisis?" he asked.
Catechesis, or the teaching of the faith, is a life-long process of initial conversion, formation, education, growing, reflecting, praying, learning, pondering and ongoing conversation. Its aim is to lead all God's people to an ever-deepening relationship with God. So says Susan Barylo, director of catechesis and faith formation for the Edmonton Archdiocese. She along with Kathleen Nguyen, director of sacramental education, led a catechist in-service at the Pastoral and Administration Offices April 23.
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is among 26 NGOs in the Canadian Food Security Policy Group calling for Canada to help small family farms. "Our current modes of food production are not only contributing massively to climate change but are also inadequate for feeding a world facing a climate crisis," said Josianne Gauthier, Development and Peace's director of in-Canada programs.
EDMONTON – Catholic Social Services is starting a new counselling ministry for families and individuals. Mercy Counselling, as the ministry is called, will open its doors to the public June 1 at the agency's former central office, 8815-99 St. CEO Stephen Carattini described the new ministry as "a faith-informed counselling service where faith can be incorporated into the practice of psychotherapy."
From a distance Gaetano Gagliano was a perfect representative of Toronto's Catholic establishment. He was a rich man whose business empire employs more than 1,300. In the hands of his children, St. Joseph's Communications is today Canada's largest privately-owned communications company. The well-known magazines - Toronto Life, Fashion, Canadian Family and Quill and Quire - are just the visible tip of a business that provides branding, customer engagement and strategic positioning for all sorts of corporations.
OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has received $5.95 million in additional funding from the federal government's Syria Emergency Relief Fund. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau held a news conference April 13, flanked by representatives from a dozen Canadian NGOs, including Development and Peace executive director David Leduc.
Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations. Emergencies are on the rise in the world, said Michel Roy, general secretary of Caritas Internationalis.
Catholic schools that voluntarily set up gender-neutral toilets or changing rooms to accommodate increasing numbers of transgender students could be sued in the event of a sex attack, a Catholic lawyer warned. Neil Addison, director of the Liverpool-based Thomas More Legal Centre, said schools that adopted such arrangements voluntarily would leave themselves open to legal action if a crime was committed because of their policy.
Guided by Jesus' words - "Whatever you did to one the least of my brothers and sisters, you did to me" - Father Eamon McNerney once refused to endorse assisted suicide for the relative of a colleague. He instead recommended the relative receive palliative care, which aims to manage the pain and symptoms of a disease, while neither hastening death nor prolonging the dying process. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is available in faith-based hospitals across Alberta and many other parts of Canada.