WCR This Week

Euthanasia denies God's mercy - Smith

April 18, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The federal government's mindset that will form the new legal landscape for physician-assisted death is un-Christian, says Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. "The message conveyed by the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, together with the recommendations of the Special Joint Committee, is both clear and chilling: There are some lives that are simply not worth saving." Smith made his remarks to the more than 250 people gathered on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, at St. Anthony's Church in Lloydminster.

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Music festival throws open doors of the basilica

April 18, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Roderick Bryce could not have imagined a better start to St. Joseph's Basilica's new springtime Festival of Sacred Music. The first concert on April 2, a program of Ukrainian sacred music featuring 50 mostly professional men's voices, was sold out. The sound was incredible. But what struck Bryce the most was how many people who are engaged in the city's artistic community approached him to say they had never been in the basilica before.

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Former Marian Centre staffer dies at 92 in Ontario

April 18, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

COMBERMERE, Ont. – Guadalupe (Lupe) Zabaco, staff worker of Madonna House, died peacefully on April 1 in Combermere. Zabaco, 92, was born in Spain and served for many years at Edmonton’s Marian Centre. She attended high school and the University in Madrid, receiving her nursing degree in 1951. After graduation, she nursed in Madrid and later in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Pope ponders trip to apologize to natives

Marie Wilson
April 18, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A request to Pope Francis for an apology in Canada for the Catholic Church's role in Indian residential schools has gone to the Vatican, says the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi. "The pope has received this invitation, this request, from the First Nations," Bonazzi said. "He is considering it." The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions' (TRC) call for the pope to apologize for Indian residential schools on Canadian soil within a year of the June 2015 publication of the TRC's 94 Calls to Action is one of two that had a time limit, TRC Commissioner Marie Wilson said March 30 at an Ottawa news conference.

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Policy analyst calls for national plan to tackle poverty

April 18,2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Despite its wealth, Canada still has almost five million people struggling to make ends meet. These are people who struggle to pay their rent, feed their families and address basic needs. To solve this problem, Canada needs a national plan on poverty reduction, says Darlene O'Leary, socio-economic policy analyst for Citizens for Public Justice. CPJ is an Ottawa-based national organization inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy.

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Canada needs ecological conversion

April 18, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Canada needs to be converted on both ecological issues and indigenous rights if it is to meet its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the head of KAIROS, the national inter-church justice group. Jennifer Henry says Canada needs to consider how best to do that so that it both addresses indigenous rights and contributes to reducing climate change. "Our climate solutions are actually indigenous right solutions as well. And that mostly has to do with resource projects," Henry told the Social Justice Institute at The King's College in Edmonton April 9.

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Priest under investigation after parish refugee funds disappear

April 18, 2016
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

London, Ont. - The Diocese of Hamilton is picking up the pieces after a Chaldean Catholic priest admitted to gambling away $500,000 of donations meant for refugees. Father Amer Saka, priest of St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, Ont., confessed to Chaldean eparchial Bishop Emanuel Shaleta last month that the money for the parish's refugee sponsorship had been gambled away. Saka was immediately suspended and was sent to Southdown Institute, a mental health treatment facility north of Toronto for religious and clergy.

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PEI gov't moves to bring abortion to island holdout

April 18, 2016
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Pro-lifers are heartbroken that the only province that didn't provide abortion services has succumbed to pressure from the abortion lobby. When the premier of Prince Edward Island announced that abortions will soon be legal on the island, it brought despair to the national pro-life movement. "It is a heartbreaking situation," said Mary Ellen Douglas, Campaign Life Coalition's national co-ordinator. "I am very sad about it and a little surprised.

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Bishop-elect recalls wandering path

April 18, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Bishop-elect Scott McCaig, named by Pope Francis April 8 to head the Military Ordinariate of Canada, traces the beginning of his priestly vocation to a glimpse of a road sign. McCaig, who has served since 2006 as the superior general of the Companions of the Cross, was then 13 years old and traveling by car on vacation with his parents. He doesn't remember the location, possibly northwest Ontario, but he glanced up to see the sign showing a picture of the crucified Christ with the caption "Dare to be a priest like me."

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Canada reticent to label ISIS slaughter as genocide

April 18, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Widespread slaughter, expulsion, kidnapping and rape of Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic and religious minorities in territory controlled by the Islamic State may well constitute a genocide. However, the Canadian government will not join a growing international movement and formally call it a genocide before there is a proper, third party investigation. "Canada is appalled by the atrocities," Global Affairs Canada told The Catholic Register. "We believe some of these show the hallmarks of genocide."

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