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Marie de l'Incarnation, Laval declared saints

St. François de Laval

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The April 3 canonization of two Quebec saints was welcomed with joy and thanksgiving from Canada's bishops, especially in the Archdiocese of Quebec where they are buried. Quebec Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix said the canonizations "give us models of sanctity to encourage us." Pope Francis has given the Church two "great examples of the new evangelization." Canada's bishops welcomed the canonizations "with great joy and thanksgiving."

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CWL butts out flavoured tobacco

Pat Keith

April 14, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The popularity of flavoured tobacco is increasing the risk of youth developing a dangerous and lasting addiction to tobacco products. Some jurisdictions have recognized the need to restrict the sale of certain tobacco products designed to attract young people. Both the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Medical Association have been calling for bans on such products.

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Palliative care relieves suffering, makes dying a normal process

April 14, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – When someone goes in for cancer treatment, others have a fairly good idea of what that entails. The same cannot be said for palliative care, an area of health care that continues to be misunderstood. Dr. Ann Syme, a registered nurse with Covenant Health, said palliative care embraces the notion of helping people die in a humane, dignified way. Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illness. It can be used at any stage of illness, not just the advanced stages.

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Beaverlodge parish bounces back from devastating fire

CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishioners in Beaverlodge, 43 km west of Grande Prairie, have been attending Mass in St. Mary's Catholic School since a Jan. 2 fire seriously damaged their church. "We have not missed any services. We were able to get into the school after the fire," said Father Arul Jothi Arockiasamy, pastor of St. Mary's Parish. "The following Sunday, we had Mass in the school gym. We are looking towards good things happening with the reconstruction," he said.

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Church opposes scattering ashes of the deceased

April 14, 2014
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Scattering the cremated remains of a loved one on a mountain, lake or park might seem poetic, but the Church discourages the practice. "The Church, for reasons of respect and dignity of the body, requires that Catholics inter the full body or cremated remains in sacred ground," said Peter Nobes, director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Vancouver Archdiocese. Cremation has been allowed for Catholics since 1963.

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Parents told new atheists pose threat in education

April 14, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The great intellectual patrimony of the Catholic Church offers everything one needs to combat the new atheists, the vice president of an American Catholic college told parents here April 2. While atheism is an old idea, what's different about the so-called "new atheists," such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens, is the way they attack religious belief, said Paul O'Reilly, vice president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.

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Quebec's rejection of PQ halts values charter, euthanasia

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The surprisingly strong Quebec Liberal victory April 7 means euthanasia is off the table - for now – and signals a greater openness to religious Quebecers, say informed observers. The Quebec Liberal Party led by Philippe Couillard trounced the Parti Quebecois, winning 70 seats to the PQ's 30. The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) won three additional seats, bringing its tally to 22, while Quebec Solidaire won three seats.

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Christians have role to play in public life, says ambassador

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Andrew Bennett, Canada's ambassador of religious freedom, urged a Christian audience here April 4 to engage in the public sphere, proclaim truth and champion human dignity. Christians are very good at discussing politics, economics and social responsibility in private spaces "in which we feel safe and comfortable," Bennett said. "Yet, Christ does not call the Christian to be safe and comfortable."

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Effects of schools ‘disastrous’ says Church council

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Christian communities "have often fallen short of living the love and service of Jesus" in their long history of relations with indigenous peoples, says a statement of reconciliation by the Canadian Council of Churches. The Church-run Indian residential school system, in particular, "had disastrous effects on students, their families and communities," the CCC said in a statement delivered at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) national event in Edmonton March 28.

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