Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Church apology to indigenous Canadians needed Comments 0

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

An apology from the Catholic Church to indigenous Canadians is important, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Pope Francis in an audience this week. There is much to apologise to Canada’s indigenous community for, Trudeau indicated. He told Francis about a third (150,000) of indigenous Canadians were forcibly removed from their families  and put into residential Read more

No anointing for people planning assisted suicide: Prelate Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

A Canadian archbishop has said that priests should not give the sacrament of anointing of the sick to a person who is intending to die by assisted suicide. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa said it is inappropriate for a person intent on assisted suicide to request this sacrament. “Asking your priest to be present to Read more

Cancer prompts 91-year-old to admit killing woman in 1946 Comments 0

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A 91-year-old man diagnosed with cancer has confessed to killing a woman nearly 70 years ago. The elderly man, living in a care home in Canada, told police he had shot a prostitute called Margaret Cook, aged 26, in Carnaby Street in London in 1946, after a dispute about money. It is believed the man Read more

Sales of bottled water banned at Catholic schools Comments 0

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Students at Catholic schools in Saskatoon in Canada will no longer be able to buy a bottle of water at school. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) is eliminating plastic bottled water from vending machines, cafeterias, school-related events and meetings. The reasons given are environmental consciousness and solidarity with people in the world who lack clean Read more

Prayer at city council meetings banned in Canada Comments 0

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Canadian cities must put an end to prayers during council meetings, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. The court said such prayers go against freedom of religion and conscience, as laid out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom and the Quebec Charter. In a unanimous decision and in the name of neutrality Read more

Canadian archbishop bans eulogies at funeral Masses Comments 1

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eulogies have been banned during Catholic funeral Masses in Ottawa in Canada. A February 2 decree from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast states Catholics gather at funerals “not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them”. Contrary to popular belief, eulogies “are not part of the Catholic funeral rites, particularly in the context of a funeral Read more

Canada’s bishops expand teaching resources on euthanasia Comments 0

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The bishops’ conference of Canada is redoubling its efforts to inform and educate about the issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide. The conference posted a new section on its website about euthanasia and assisted suicide. The site comes as a bill in Quebec aims to allow physicians to administer “terminal palliative sedation” or “medial Read more

Autistic boy genius, Jacob Barnett Comments 0

Friday, September 6th, 2013

By May of this year, Jacob Barnett had wrung everything he could get out of the university he had been attending for four years in his home state of Indiana. He had taken every undergraduate course on mathematics and physics, and a bunch of graduate-level courses too. None of it had even slowed Jacob down. Read more

Canada’s Opposition Leader sees Christian beliefs as unlawful Comments 0

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Leader of the Opposition in Canada has declared that traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality go “completely against” Canadian values and even Canadian law. Thomas Mulcair, the leader of the New Democrat party, was complaining about a government grant supporting a Christian group’s efforts to improve water access in Uganda. The group, Crossroads Communications Inc., Read more

Canadian media criticized for irresponsible ‘exorcism’ reporting Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Canadian news outlets are sensationalizing an event that was not treated as demonic possession and did not prompt a search for an exorcist, according to the Diocese of Saskatoon’s communications office. Communications coordinator Kiply Yaworski told CNA that the public had been misled by “headlines that were completely false,” suggesting that an exorcism had been Read more