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Palliative care is best option to legalized euthanasia

NDP MP Joe Comartin

November 28, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Days after a Royal Society of Canada report advocated legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide, an all-party parliamentary committee named suicide prevention, effective palliative care and elder abuse intervention as three pillars of care for vulnerable Canadians.

The Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care report entitled Not To Be Forgotten is silent on the legality of euthanasia or assisted suicide.

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Restoring Communion rail would make us reverent

If the Church allows for communicants to receive the Host on the tongue while kneeling, why not bring back the Communion rail? To the best of my knowledge, Vatican II in no way stated that the Mass should get rid of the Communion rail.

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Pompous language discourages the young

When I received my December Living with Christ and saw the new translation of the Roman Missal, my heart sank. The formalism of the language makes it inaccessible, exclusive, stilted and stuffy, closing too many of the windows thrown open by Pope John XXIII at Vatican II.

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Quebec day care system boosts social equality

The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada study fails to take into account the benefits of Quebec's universal day care. Low and medium income Alberta families would welcome Quebec's $7 a day childcare. The money a family saves could purchase more and better food for the children and help pay the rent.

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Pope says Benin trip highlighted Africa's joy

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said his second trip to Africa left him convinced that the joy and faith of the continent's people – especially the young – represent a hope for all humanity.

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Fear has silenced Pakistani Christians - archbishop

December 5, 2011

Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistani Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, said the retired archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan.

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Economic crisis demands courage, says Benedict

December 5, 2011

Pope Benedict said the global economic crisis demands the "courage of brotherhood" between the world's rich and poor, and calls on the Church to look at the causes of poverty.

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Vatican to welcome Christmas with carols this year

December 5, 2011

The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the annual unveiling of its Nativity scene.

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Youths honour Christ with electronic 'holy shoutout'

December 5, 2011

More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honoured in a historic way with a massive electronic "holy shoutout" via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference in Indianapolis.

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Faith must keep its balance in good times and in bad

St. Francis de Sales

November 28, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sometimes the little analogies from nature that St. Francis de Sales uses to illustrate our development in the spiritual life bear more resemblance to a Disney cartoon than to real life. For example:

 

"When caught out in the field by a storm little bees pick up small stones so that they can keep their balance in the air and not be easily carried away by the wind."

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