WCR This Week

Philippine Church outraged over beheading of Canadian

John Ridsdel
May 2, 2016
SIMONE ORENDAIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Philippine Church officials expressed outrage and sadness over the beheading of a Canadian hostage in the restive southern part of the country. Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim separatist group, had threatened to behead two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina if their ransom demand of $8 million for each hostage was not met by an April 25 deadline. The Philippine military as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the decapitation April 25 of John Ridsdel, a former mining consultant from Calgary.

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Food production methods inadequate for hungry world

May 2, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is among 26 NGOs in the Canadian Food Security Policy Group calling for Canada to help small family farms. "Our current modes of food production are not only contributing massively to climate change but are also inadequate for feeding a world facing a climate crisis," said Josianne Gauthier, Development and Peace's director of in-Canada programs.

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Art opened hearts and minds alike

May 2, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jeff Fidelak could hardly describe the joy he was feeling the night his artwork was on display at L'Arche Edmonton's Art From the Heart exhibit. "I feel just . . ." he started, finishing his sentence with a broad smile, "wonderful! Because everybody likes my art pieces. It makes me proud." The celebration of creativity by members of L'Arche Edmonton's day program took place April 22 and 23 at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.

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Carattini wants Spirit to abide within Catholic Social Services

Stephen Carattini
May 2, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Not a week goes by that Catholic Social Services' CEO Stephen Carattini doesn't visit one of the homes run by the agency in the Edmonton Archdiocese. During the visits he engages with residents and staff and also pays close attention to the quality of service and the physical condition of the residences. Over the last few years CSS has made a concerted effort to provide not only safe, secure and dignified spaces for its staff but also for the people it cares for.

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New counselling program will heal through faith

May 2, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Catholic Social Services is starting a new counselling ministry for families and individuals. Mercy Counselling, as the ministry is called, will open its doors to the public June 1 at the agency's former central office, 8815-99 St. CEO Stephen Carattini described the new ministry as "a faith-informed counselling service where faith can be incorporated into the practice of psychotherapy."

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Aleppo, Homs aid workers tell of immense suffering

May 2, 2016
SARAH MACDONALD
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When the head of communications for an international Catholic charity visited Syria, it was not safe to go to Aleppo. So Sister Annie Demerjian, an Armenian religious sister from the city, traveled to visit him. Demerjian and her community provide emergency support to Christians and others living in the bombed-out remains of Aleppo. "She showed us photographs and told us individual stories," said John Pontifex, head of communications for Aid to the Church in Need in the United Kingdom.

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Darkness of persecution leading Christians to light of unity

Cardinal Thomas Collins
May 2, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - The "fires of persecution" are bringing Christians worldwide closer together, a number of Church leaders in Toronto believe. A global trend of persecuting Christians is bringing greater unity among the different traditions which follow Christ, Church faith leaders said April 10 at A Service of Prayer for the Persecuted Church held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in midtown Toronto.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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