WCR This Week

Black Madonna icon defends all human life

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the so-called Black Madonna, entered Canada March 17 as part of a worldwide pilgrimage in defence of human life. "Just as the Jews would bring the Ark of the Covenant with them into battle, so also we're bringing the icon into the battle against the culture of death and to build a culture of life," said Human Life International (HLI) vice president of missions Father Peter West.

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NDP motion calling for palliative care wins support from Vancouver archbishop

March 31, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – A motion that urges the federal government to work with provinces on a national strategy for end-of-life care has gained the support of Vancouver's archbishop. Archbishop Michael Miller wrote in a statement March 11 that he was "pleased to see a light of compassion and reason present itself" in Motion 456.

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Campus rape culture linked to online porn

Julia Beazley

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An alleged gang rape by a University of Ottawa sports team and a separate incident of sexually malicious comments on Facebook has reignited concern about a "rape culture" on campus. These incidents are but the latest in a series that includes the vile "rape chant" by male students at St. Mary's University in Halifax during last year's frosh week.

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Warming water = web of death

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

There have been five mass extinctions in the last 540 million years. Science tells us a sixth is now underway. But only faith can tell us how we will live through it. The Jesuits of Regis College gathered about 100 people on United Nations World Water Day, March 22, to think and pray about climate change, water and human responsibility.

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Montreal parish in shock as deacon pleads guilty to manufacturing child porn

March 31, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – William Kokesch, a deacon in the Montreal Archdiocese, pleaded guilty in court on Feb. 21 to the possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography. Court heard that 99,000 still images of children and 2,000 child porn videos, many of which showed the sexual exploitation of young girls, were found on the computer of the former director of communications for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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CCODP sees possible new funding source in Quebec gov't

March 31, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MONTREAL – A campaign in Quebec to establish its own international development agency is being welcomed by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace as a possible new source of funding. "We would always welcome another source of funding if it's in keeping with our mission and our principles," said Development and Peace national council president Pat Kennedy.

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The Marriage Gap

March 31, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

An Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC) study reveals a widening marriage gap between rich and poor Canadians. The IMFC report entitled The Marriage Gap Between Rich and Poor Canadians reveals a greater decline among mid- and low-income earners than among high-income earners in its study of marriage rates over the past 35 years.

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Ontario names a day in honour of Pope John Paul II

March 31, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Pope John Paul II Day is close to being celebrated in Ontario, but the provincial Parliament needs to act quickly. On March 17, after receiving the full support of the legislature, a bill to proclaim April 2 in honour of the late pope passed its final reading, leaving about two weeks for it to receive royal assent in order for the first Pope John Paul II Day to be celebrated this year. The pope died April 2, 2005.

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Toronto project studies poverty-health links

March 31, 2014
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A team at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto is working to curb the financial ailments of its low-income patients and help people realize that health is relative to wealth. "The health-wealth gradient has been found time and time again," said Dr. Andrew Pinto, a member of St. Michael's family health team and Centre for Research on Inner City Health.

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Lutheran chose what Christ wanted him to be – Catholic

Fr. Joseph Jacobson

March 31, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After almost 60 years as a Lutheran, Father Joseph Jacobson entered the Catholic Church. Following his conversion to Catholicism, he prepared and privately published a 68-page volume titled A Gift of Love, The Joys and Treasures of a New Catholic. Its purpose is to give a serious account of why he became Catholic, and what he learned and experienced afterwards.

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