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After initial rebuff, Azu rose to assume reins of leadership

September 14, 2015
ALICIA AMBROSIA
SALT AND LIGHT

VANCOUVER - Rosemary Azu is hard to miss in a crowd. She has a natural presence that draws people to her. As well, she usually dresses in bright traditional Nigerian dresses. Her natural confidence has helped her build a successful mortgage and real estate business, and raise three sons. But Azu's face lights up when she talks about the women of her parish and her Catholic Women's League council. "Catholic women are gifted, and we have to be proud of that," she says.

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Churches challenge voters to look beyond election ads

September 14, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Several Church organizations, including the Canadian bishops, are offering online guides to help voters make an informed choice in the Oct. 19 federal election. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' (CCCB) Commission for Justice and Peace recently published its three-page document reminding Canadians of their right to vote and their responsibility to promote the common good.

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Syriac patriarch tells the West to stop Syrian and Iraq wars

Archbishop Ignatius Joseph III Younan
September 14, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church says the West should end the war in Syria and Iraq so refugees and displaced people can go home. "We hope everyone is able to stay in his or her homeland," said Archbishop Ignatius Joseph III Younan, patriarch of Antioch and All the East for the Syrians. People living permanently in exile is not a solution, he said in a Sept. 7 interview.

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Resolutions defend life, oppose pesticides

September 14, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - The Catholic Women's League has resolved to take five proposals from its members to the federal government. The resolutions, which take on issues such as mental health, skin care products and pesticides, were passed at the CWL's national convention Aug. 16-19. National president Barbara Dowding said the league will establish an ad-hoc committee to participate in the government's consultation on assisted suicide.

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Archbishop urges teachers to let students know Jesus is real

Archbishop Richard Smith
September 14, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The role of Catholic educators is to lead students to Jesus, says the archbishop of Edmonton. Speaking at the school opening Mass of Edmonton Catholic Schools, Archbishop Richard Smith said every student and staff member in the Catholic system should know Jesus is real and that in him, God's power and God's love and mercy are real. In his homily, Smith spoke of an encounter with a young boy during a school visit.

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Archbishop MacNeil honoured by St. Francis Xavier University

Archbishop Joseph MacNeil
September 14, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - A portrait of Archbishop Joseph MacNeil will forever hang on the walls of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., as the archbishop is being recognized for his achievements. MacNeil's alma mater, where he graduated in 1944, recently named him to its alumni hall of honour along with two other prominent graduates.

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Quebec prepares to roll out euthanasia on Dec. 10

September 14, 2015
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - News from PostMedia Sept. 1 that the Quebec government is preparing "euthanasia kits" for doctors does not surprise the head of a physicians' group that opposes euthanasia. Dr. Catherine Ferrier, president of the Quebec-based Physicians' Alliance Against Euthanasia, said she knew the Collège des médecins du Québec was "working on guidelines on how to euthanaize a patient." Quebec's euthanasia Bill 52 goes into effect Dec. 10.

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Doctors to lose conscience rights under CMA decision

Michele Boulva
September 14, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Euthanasia opponents expressed dismay over an Aug. 25 vote to deny physicians' conscience rights at the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) annual general meeting in Halifax "Conscientious objection was a contentious issue, with 79 per cent of delegates voting against a motion to support conscientious objectors who refuse to refer patients for medical aid in dying," said the CMA in an Aug. 26 news release.

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Bishop lauds CWL's missionary efforts

September 14, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

A B.C. bishop who spent eight years in the North knows the Catholic Women's League has great missionary potential. "This is my experience of the Catholic Women's League: a good heart and a strong mind for the mission of the Church," Bishop Gary Gordon of Victoria told more than 900 CWL members and guests at the annual national convention in Vancouver Aug. 18. Gordon said when he was bishop of Whitehorse, the Yukon had two CWL councils, one with 25 members and the other with four.

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Teach children to blow a kiss to Jesus, says Pope Francis

September 14, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Parents who juggle packed work and family schedules deserve a Nobel Prize in mathematics for doing something not even the most brilliant scientists can do: They pack 48 hours of activity into 24, Pope Francis said. "I don't know how they do it, but they do," the pope told thousands of people gathered Aug. 26 for his weekly general audience. "There are moms and dads who could win the Nobel for this!"

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