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CCODP sees possible new funding source in Quebec gov't

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – A campaign in Quebec to establish its own international development agency is being welcomed by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as a possible new source of funding. "We would always welcome another source of funding if it's in keeping with our mission and our principles," said Development and Peace national council president Pat Kennedy.

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Montreal parish in shock as deacon pleads guilty to manufacturing child porn

March 31, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – William Kokesch, a deacon in the Montreal Archdiocese, pleaded guilty in court on Feb. 21 to the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. Court heard that 99,000 still images of children and 2,000 child porn videos, many of which showed the sexual exploitation of young girls, were found on the computer of the former director of communications for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Warming water = web of death

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

There have been five mass extinctions in the last 540 million years. Science tells us a sixth is now underway. But only faith can tell us how we will live through it. The Jesuits of Regis College gathered about 100 people on United Nations World Water Day, March 22, to think and pray about climate change, water and human responsibility.

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Campus rape culture linked to online porn

Julia Beazley

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An alleged gang rape by a University of Ottawa sports team and a separate incident of sexually malicious comments on Facebook has reignited concern about a "rape culture" on campus. These incidents are but the latest in a series that includes the vile "rape chant" by male students at St. Mary's University in Halifax during last year's frosh week.

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NDP motion calling for palliative care wins support from Vancouver archbishop

March 31, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – A motion that urges the federal government to work with provinces on a national strategy for end-of-life care has gained the support of Vancouver's archbishop. Archbishop Michael Miller wrote in a statement March 11 that he was "pleased to see a light of compassion and reason present itself" in Motion 456.

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Black Madonna icon defends all human life

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the so-called Black Madonna, entered Canada March 17 as part of a worldwide pilgrimage in defence of human life. "Just as the Jews would bring the Ark of the Covenant with them into battle, so also we're bringing the icon into the battle against the culture of death and to build a culture of life," said Human Life International (HLI) vice president of missions Father Peter West.

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Red tape keeps 1,300 Syrian refugees from coming to Canada

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – There's little chance Canada will fulfill a pledge to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees before the end of 2014, said the director of the Office of Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto. Yet amid reports that fewer than a dozen Syrian refugees have made it to Canada in the last eight months, Citizenship and Immigration insists it is still committed to bringing in 1,300 refugees from the surrounding countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

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Refugee returns to build schools, irrigation system

Reaksa Himm

March 31, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

A man whose life was spared by chance in the killing fields of Cambodia is now a champion of school and church building projects in areas wounded by the Khmer Rouge rule. Reaksa Himm was a young teen living in the northwestern city of Siem Reap when he witnessed the deaths of 13 of his family members in 1977. He told his story at a City in Focus event March 14 while visiting Vancouver.

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Rosica examines John Paul II with Canadian eyes

March 31, 2014
Review by LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

John Paul II - A Saint for Canada. Written by Father Tom Rosica. 93 pages. Novalis

This examination of St. John Paul II's life is seen through the eyes and presence of Father Thomas Rosica, who states the intent of his treatise when he writes, "It is a spiritual reflection based on my own personal involvement with this amazing holy man and my experience at the heart of World Youth Day 2002 and since."

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Many paths lead candidates to RCIA door and conversion

Anne Driver

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A common icon of conversion is the painting of Jesus standing at a person's front door. The image illustrates Revelation 3.20: "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me." Jesus gives the invitation and calls out to us, but it's up to each individual to decide whether to answer the door and let Jesus into his or her life, said Anne Driver, pastoral assistant at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain.

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