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Quebec bishops challenge euthanasia bill

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

QUEBEC – Quebec's euthanasia Bill 52 will come to a vote in February, and the province's bishops say it "goes against the most basic human values and contradicts the very purpose of medicine."

St. Joseph's Basilica continues to evolve after 100 years

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parish life is akin to any person's life, with experiences of joys and sorrows, challenges and successes. The life of St. Joseph's Basilica is no exception. Jan. 30 marked exactly 100 years since St. Joseph's Parish was founded; the 30th anniversary of elevation to a minor basilica also occurs this year.

New institute serves new evangelization at Newman College

Pope Benedict XVI

February 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Newman Theological College has established a new institute that aims to serve the new evangelization by developing and offering innovative programs in faith formation and catechesis. "The Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization is intended to meet the real needs of the Catholic Church in Canada today," college president Dr. Jason West said in announcing the initiative.

A call to conversion, reconciliation

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At the end of March, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will hold what it calls a national event at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre. It is important that you attend as much of the March 27 to 30 event as possible to hear some of the voices of aboriginal people who attended and suffered at Church-run residential schools that were a key part of the Church’s ministry in the West for roughly 100 years.

'Horrible memories' from the past

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

To us, it would seem a minor request. A young student at the Edmonton Indian Residential School, Kathleen Steinhauer, confronted with the same "cold, lumpy oatmeal" for breakfast that she had seen numerous times previously, raised her hand and asked, "Could I have some brown sugar?"

Distinguished Oblate gave ringing defence of missionaries' role

February 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Catholics who worked in Indian residential schools made "heroic sacrifices" to help aboriginal students and fought against native integration into provincial school systems, wrote an Oblate priest who received the Order of Canada for his contribution to native education.

Ottawa sues Catholic entities involved in residential schools

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The federal government is suing Catholic entities involved in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement over $1.5 million in contested funds. "We had requested mediation," said Archbishop Gerard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, who chairs the board of the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement.

Vincelette touched people with his warmth, sense of adventure

Fr. André Vincelette

February 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT – Whether from his fellow Oblates or the health care staff he worked alongside at the University of Alberta Hospital or the scuba diving community, Father André Vincelette will be remembered as an unselfish man with a gentle spirit and kind presence.

Collins gets call to help oversee Vatican bank

Cardinal Thomas Collins

February 3, 2014
JIM O'LEARY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Cardinal Thomas Collins knows all about saving souls but with his appointment to the Vatican bank he'll be getting a crash course in savings of another kind. The Toronto archbishop was one of four cardinals appointed by Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to a commission to oversee the running of the oft-maligned Vatican bank. A theologian and academic by training, Collins said the appointment came "completely out of the blue."

Supreme Court will hear case advocating euthanasia

February 3, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an assisted suicide and euthanasia case from British Columbia, the so-called Carter case. The court's decision to hear the case has alarmed disabled Canadians.

 
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