WCR This Week

Abortion coercion bill faces rough ride in House of Commons

MP Rod Bruinooge

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — A bill that would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion faces a rough ride in the House of Commons.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is calling upon Catholics to contact their members of Parliament and ask them to support Bill C-510.

"Violence and coercion against women, whether they are pregnant or not, betrays a profound disrespect for the dignity and integrity of women," said COLF director Michele Boulva. more . . .

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Advocates drafted into leadership roles

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — When Lia Mills gave a speech on abortion to her seventh grade Toronto class two years ago, she never expected it to go viral on YouTube.

Rebecca Richmond intended to bake cookies to support her university pro-life group. She never thought she would become the group's leader and eventually the executive director of the National Campus Life Network, mentoring leaders across the country. more . . .

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Whitehorse bishop among those who maintain that sending criminals to lengthy prison terms is wrong

Bishop Gary Gordon

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Don Trembley started committing armed robbery when he was 12. He grew up to be an honest-to-God Montreal bank robber.

The last time he was incarcerated he split seven years between Joyceville Institution in Kingston, Ont., and Warkworth Institution near Campbellford, Ont., for armed robbery, dangerous weapons and assault causing bodily harm. more . . .

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World food system called unsustainable

right

November 22, 2010
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The growing adoption of industrial farming practices worldwide puts too much stress on the planet.

It also deceives people into thinking that the world will be able to keep feeding a growing population, currently 6.8 billion. more . . .

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Vatican tries to speak so others listen

November 22, 2010
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — By Vatican standards, it’s a small revolution: A pontifical council is holding a major assembly without prepared speeches.

Participants in the Pontifical Council for Culture’s mid-November plenary meeting have been told to prepare for free discussion instead. more . . .

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Agriculture needs greater respect — pope

 

A father’s tears turn into a poetic healing

November 22, 2010
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — When a traffic accident took the lives of two of their sons and left another son paralyzed two years ago, St. Francis of Assisi parishioners Geoff and Maria Moeller turned to their Catholic faith for solace.

The shock and disbelief surrounding such a major tragedy and the shattering of so many hopes and dreams is a parent’s worst nightmare come true. more . . .

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Our Lady Queen of Poland sings for 20 yrs.

November 15, 2010
ZYGMUNT CYNAR
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON – The Polish parish of Our Lady Queen of Poland on the south side of Edmonton is now 20 years old. This occasion was celebrated with a special Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Richard Smith, and a banquet on Oct. 23. more . . .

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Couple from Olds work for Rwandan reconciliation

November 15, 2010
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Anastaisie's parents, two brothers and a sister were all slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Now, the man who killed them, after serving 14 years in jail, is building three chicken sheds for Anastaisie. more . . .

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Iraq killings spur Christians, Muslims to seek peace

November 15, 2010
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The slaughter of 57 Catholics in a Baghdad Church is having an effect opposite to that intended by the perpetrators, says the Canadian head of The Catholic Near East Welfare Association. more . . .

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