WCR This Week

Quebec doctors face battle of ethics versus euthanasia law

December 7, 2015
ALAN HUSTAK
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL - After 30 years in palliative care medicine, Dr. Bernard Lapointe is adamant that regardless of what the law says he will never euthanize a patient. He is among thousands of law-abiding Quebec doctors who are facing some of the most difficult days of their careers as the province hurtles towards the Dec. 10 legalization of euthanasia.

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Polish sisters devoted to humble service

December 7, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pious and loving are the best words to describe the Polish Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus. That is the first impression that a young Sister Anna Maka, a member of the congregation in Edmonton, had of the sisters when she entered consecrated life 60 years ago. Growing up in Szaflary, a village in southern Poland, Maka's home and church life was very religious. When she finished school, she decided to answer God's call to serve him.

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Pope Francis has opened Catholic eyes to our responsibility to planet

Pope Francis
December 7, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Pope Francis has been getting ready for Paris for more than a year. In May of 2014 the Patriarch of Rome sat down in Jerusalem with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and issued a joint declaration as a challenge to the world's Christians. "Together, we pledge our commitment to raising awareness about the stewardship of creation," they wrote.

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Winnipeg Catholica reflect on the single life

December 7, 2015
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Single people often forget to welcome their state as an opportunity to enjoy the present without worrying about the future. Being Single: The Catholic Version was meant to remind them of this. The Archdiocese of St. Boniface organized its first evening of this sort a year ago. Fifty young adults attended, one of whom was Nicole Richard.

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Philippines struggle to get rid of Canadian Garbage

December 7, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Whether motivated by Canadian garbage, Canadian mines or devastating typhoons linked to global warming, Pope Francis' environmental encyclical has emboldened the fight for environmental justice, said an advisor to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Climate Reality Corps leader Brother Jaazeal Jakosalem, a member of the Augustinian Recollects who counsels the bishops on climate and environmental issues, said the effects of climate change on the Philippines is undeniable.

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Vatican II document opened the Bible to Catholic faithful

December 7, 2015
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Fifty years ago, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) urged the faithful to nourish their faith by reading the Bible, putting an end to centuries of seeing direct access to the Scriptures as something reserved to the clergy. Stating that "easy access to sacred Scripture should be provided for all the Christian faithful," the document stressed that frequent Bible reading allows the faithful another connection to "the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ."

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CWL Holy Land pilgrims want walls to come tumbling down

December 7, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A Catholic Women's League pilgrimage to the Holy Land has revealed both the challenges and the hope facing Holy Land Christians, says CWL president Barb Dowding. The Nov. 13-23 pilgrimage took 17 CWL members, along with Carl Hétu, Canada's national director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), and St. John's Archbishop Martin Currie to visit projects the CWL supports, to show support for Christians living in the region and to visit the holy sites.

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Family doctors offer guide in ongoing end of life debate

December 7, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A new ethics guide on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia recommends family doctors who cannot find ethical common ground with patients who wish to die help those patients find another doctor. "If reflection and discussion do not reconcile the conflicts between the physician's and patient's values, the physician should discuss transferring the patient's care to another physician in a way that neither compromises the physician's moral integrity nor affec

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Founders of daily TV Mass pass the torch after 17 years

December 7, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

It's been 17 years and the broadcast of well over 5,000 television Masses - marking the right moment for Barb and Mike McManus to pass the torch. Since 1998 the Daily Mass has been on TV from coast-to-coast-to-coast in Canada thanks to the National Catholic Broadcasting Council - the brainchild of Mike McManus.

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Pope offers remedy to Satan's seductive salvos - the Word of God

December 7, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - Every day, the devil tries to seduce people with promises of riches, grandeur and power, Pope Francis said. Satan "sows snares and is a seducer. He seduces with charm, with diabolical charm, he leads you to believe everything. He knows how to sell with this charm, he sells well, but he pays badly in the end," the pope said in a homily.

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