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Scattering ashes trendy, but irreverent – cemetery head

March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Scattering the ashes of the recently departed is a rising trend in Vancouver despite the practice breaking both civil and canon law. "It is against canon law for the simple reason that it comes back to the Church's position that it is all about reverence and care for the body" or the cremated remains, said Peter Nobles, director of Catholic Cemeteries in Vancouver.

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Bill to fast track euthanasia law quashed

Justin Trudeau
March 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Conservative MPs quashed a Liberal motion to fast-track legislation on physician-assisted suicide Feb. 24 by a vote of 146-132. Instead, the Tories indicated the government will undertake extensive consultations and still meet the one-year deadline set by the Supreme Court of Canada when it struck down the laws against assisted suicide Feb. 6.

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Royal commission needed on euthanasia, says ethicist

Margaret Somerville
March 9, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Prominent ethicist Margaret Somerville has called for the federal government to launch a royal commission on "physician-assisted death" and to invoke the notwithstanding clause. Liberals, meanwhile, have called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate ways to revise Canada's suicide laws now that the Supreme Court has struck down laws preventing voluntary euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.

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Youth group urges divestment from fossil fuels

March 9, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Fossil Free Faith has launched a new program recruiting youth to lead the conversation in their faith communities about divesting in fossil fuel companies. The aim is to lead the way in removing financial investments from companies that profit from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest into more ethical and environmentally friendly companies. To celebrate Global Divestment Day (Feb. 13), Fossil Free Faith introduced the BC Youth Fellowship Program. The program hopes to create a multi-faith network of youth activists, organizers, artists, writers, speakers and videographers.

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Listen to people's sufferings, joys, urges Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
March 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

By listening to people's suffering, joys and daily endeavours, Catholics bring the vision of the Second Vatican Council to the world, said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines. Such action shows that the Church values the dignity of every person, especially the poor, and that it welcomes encounters with the world without fear, Tagle told an audience at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Redemptorists left positive mark on local Church

Consecrated Life
March 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the Redemptorist Fathers arrived in the Archdiocese of Edmonton 91 years ago, they were an energetic bunch of missionaries with a desire to change the world. They became known for their vibrant parish missions and their dedicated pastoral work, principally at St. Alphonsus Parish on Edmonton's 118th Avenue. They also did some teaching, some counselling and some work on bioethics.

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Catholic movement tackles climate change with Lenten fast

Renée Mercuri
March 9, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Catholics around the world are participating in a 40-day Lenten fast to pray for unity in the Catholic Church and among world leaders in addressing climate change. Organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international coalition of Catholic organizations and individuals advocating for climate justice, 45 countries have pledged to host one day of the 40-day Lenten season to fast from food, as well as reduce their waste and carbon consumption.

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Lent should prepare us to meet Christ

March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Lent should be a time for Catholics to spiritually prepare for the celebration of Christ's resurrection and less about forgoing materialism. "When we think of Lent we think we have to give up something and we've kind of lost that whole focus on the interior aspect," said David Gilbert, president and founder of the Burlington, Ont.-based Serviam Ministries.

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Is not this the fast that I choose?

March 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fasting is an essential part of Lent. To many, fasting means giving up some delicious treat. Maybe it is chocolate. Wine before dinner. Something we find yummy. In truth, we still do that. In fact, some use this time to lose weight. Yes, we do lose weight, but it is the weight of emptiness and sin.

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Students study death to appreciate life

Mark Shelvock
March 9, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

At King's University College in London, Ont., second-year student Mark Shevlock is hoping to teach others what he's learned already: that the key to happiness can be found in the exploration of death. Shocked to discover the school had no academic club attached to its thanatology department, unlike the majority of the school's departments, Shevlock formed the Than Club motivated by a desire to give back to the King's community.

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