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Italian media mogul nurtured his Catholic roots

Gaetano Gagliano

May 2, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

From a distance Gaetano Gagliano was a perfect representative of Toronto's Catholic establishment. He was a rich man whose business empire employs more than 1,300. In the hands of his children, St. Joseph's Communications is today Canada's largest privately-owned communications company. The well-known magazines - Toronto Life, Fashion, Canadian Family and Quill and Quire - are just the visible tip of a business that provides branding, customer engagement and strategic positioning for all sorts of corporations.

Ont. Politician works for expansion of palliative care

May 2, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - If the Supreme Court of Canada says Canadians have a right to a doctor's help in committing suicide, Ottawa South MPP John Fraser says we also have a right to timely access to quality palliative care. "People have a right to the care that they need," Fraser told The Catholic Register. Fraser is parliamentary assistant to Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins with special responsibility for modernizing and expanding the province's palliative care capabilities.

Multi-faith leaders ask for conscience rights

May 2, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders appealled April 19 for protection of conscience rights for health professionals and institutions in the assisted suicide bill. "We believe that any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong," said Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) president Bruce Clemenger. Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins, representing both the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience, said faith-based communities "established havens of hope" to serve suffering and sick people.

CCODP gets more funds to help with Syrian relief

David Leduc

May 2, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has received $5.95 million in additional funding from the federal government's Syria Emergency Relief Fund. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau held a news conference April 13, flanked by representatives from a dozen Canadian NGOs, including Development and Peace executive director David Leduc.

Activist Dorothy Day seen as possible saint

Dorothy Day

May 2, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

An inquiry into the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will begin soon and run to the end of 2016. The Archdiocese of New York, which is sponsoring her sainthood cause and is where Day oversaw Catholic Worker houses, made the announcement. The Dorothy Day Guild, established in 2005 to promote her life and works, said on its website that 52 people have been chosen for interviews in the inquiry.

Nouwen's light still shines brightly 20 years after he died

Fr. Henri Nouwen

May 2, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Father Henri Nouwen is still trying to help us understand. He's been dead 20 years, but he's still talking to us about our gifts and our failures, our hopes and our doubts, God and love and sin and community and loneliness. Thirty-eight of Nouwen's 39 books are still in print, some available in half a dozen or more languages. The books are studied in Catholic and Protestant seminaries, assigned as spiritual reading by retreat masters and passed from friend to friend.

Climate change, wars fuel natural disasters

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

May 2, 2016
FRANCOIS GLOUTNAY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations. Emergencies are on the rise in the world, said Michel Roy, general secretary of Caritas Internationalis.

UK Catholic schools advised against gender-neutral washrooms

May 2, 2016
SIMON CALDWELL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic schools that voluntarily set up gender-neutral toilets or changing rooms to accommodate increasing numbers of transgender students could be sued in the event of a sex attack, a Catholic lawyer warned. Neil Addison, director of the Liverpool-based Thomas More Legal Centre, said schools that adopted such arrangements voluntarily would leave themselves open to legal action if a crime was committed because of their policy.

Elderly coming to fear hospitals, Smith tells Every Life Matters

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The spectre of assisted suicide is leading aging people to "fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear - a hospital," says Archbishop Richard Smith. "But the strong feeling is, 'If I can't speak for myself, if I'm alone with no family members, are they going to kill me?'" he said during the second of the Every Life Matters series April 5 at Edmonton's Corpus Christi Church. It is a question that "flows naturally" from the Supreme Court decision, the archbishop said.

Art heals at-risk youth's addiction

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It is not surprising Brooke sometimes speaks in treatment terms like "shame messages" when she tries to tell her story. They are negative things about herself that her brain tells her. She has been through a lot. At just 19, Brooke has lived on the street and been to four treatment centres, after spiraling into mental illness and addiction at the tender age of 12. It was also at age 12 that she discovered what would be her saving grace: art and writing.