WCR This Week

Assisted suicide bill passes after Commons rejects amendments

June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The Liberal government's euthanasia and assisted suicide Bill C-14 received royal assent and became law June 17. Earlier in the day, after heated debate, senators voted 44 to 28 to accept amendments to the bill approved by the House of Commons the previous day by a 190 to 108 vote.

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Christian doctors fight back against Ontario restrictions on freedom of conscience

June 27, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Members of the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience are taking the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CSPO) to court over its assisted suicide policy. "The current approach of the CPSO demands that doctors set aside their morals and go against their conscience to directly refer for assisted suicide," Larry Worthen, coalition member and executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, said in a June 21 news release.

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Diaconate Continues to Grow

June 27, 2016

On Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Basilica, Archbishop Richard Smith will ordain 4 more men to the permanent diaconate. As well, Roger-Karol Niedzielski will be ordained a transitional deacon, a step towards priestly ordination.

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Leuwer embraces deacon's call to serve

June 27, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Joseph Leuwer read a Western Catholic Reporter newspaper article several years ago and thought to himself, "I can do that." "That" refers to serving as a deacon. His Catholic faith has always been close to Joe. The third of seven children, he attended Catholic schools right through high school. He was also an altar server, a service that enthralled him. Joe easily explained this childhood spiritual devotion. His duties as altar server took him into the separate areas of the church, and he embraced their mystery and sacredness. "I really quite enjoyed it."

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Hall retires from law because of burning desire to serve

June 27, 2016

Lawyer Michael Hall is excited about his upcoming ordination as a permanent deacon. He already knows how he is going to celebrate. "Our son Tom is an entertainer and plays guitar, so we are going to have some friends over at our place, and he is going to play the guitar and we are going to have a pig roast." But others in Lloydminster, like his good friend John Koep, are excited about what Hall will bring to St. Anthony's Parish and the community at large.

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Diocese first said 'no', then 'yes' to Tam's call to the diaconate

June 27, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Delay does not mean denial for Paul Tam in his journey to become a deacon. Tam, 55, had felt a call when he saw an advertisement to become a deacon. The ad perked his interest and he called Ron Woytiuk, Edmonton archdiocese's diaconate director at that time. Tam answered Woytiuk's questions and sent him the completed application forms.

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Downtown lawyer found new direction at chapel

Michael Pucylo
June 27, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, they had to take him to church kicking and screaming. Now they can't keep him away from church. Michael Pucylo, a 50-year-old injury lawyer with Miller Thomson for more than two decades, will be ordained a permanent deacon July 9. He is expected to serve at St. Agnes-St. Anthony's Parish, where he has been an active member for 10 years. "I felt I was being called by God," he explains in an interview at his downtown office.

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WCR Babies

Melody and Galilee
June 27, 2016

Rebecca Cey, the WCR's advertising co-ordinator, and Thandiwe Konguavi, WCR reporter, both brought new life into the world within the last month.

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Avoid war, settle your disputes amiably, pope says in homily

June 27, 2016
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - A "my way or the highway" attitude is not Catholic - it's heretical, Pope Francis said. "Jesus always walks with us, he gives us the ideal, he accompanies us toward the ideal, he frees us from this cage of rigidity of the law," the pope said June 9 during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Jesus teaches "a healthy realism," he said, one that endorses a peaceful resolution over a war of entrenched, opposing interests.

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See the face of the poor, says pope; don't turn them into statistics

June 27, 2016
JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The key to ending extreme poverty and hunger is to recognize that behind every statistic, there is the face of a person who is suffering, Pope Francis said. "Poverty has a face! It has the face of a child; it has the face of a family; it has the face of people, young and old. It has the face of widespread unemployment and lack of opportunity. It has the face of forced migrations, and of empty or destroyed homes," the pope said.

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