Toronto, Ottawa prelates call faithful to action against euthanasia

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The Catholic archbishops in two of Canada’s largest English-speaking dioceses stepped up their campaign against euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the faithful to action. Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa issued pastoral letters read in parishes during Masses over the March 5-6 weekend, reported Canadian Catholic…

Canadian report recommends widening access to physician-assisted suicide

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide, a federal parliamentary committee recommended. The committee’s 70-page report was introduced in the House of Commons Feb. 25. A Supreme Court of Canada decision — known as the Carter case — unanimously struck down the Criminal Code of…

Canada on track to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, says ambassador

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — As a cautious world rang in the New Year with concerns over terrorism and security, Catholics in Canada were continuing to welcome Syrian refugees to their newly adopted homeland. The Canadian target of accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees by late February “is well in hand, and we should meet it with no…

If airstrikes against Islamic State end, what is Canada’s Mideast role?

MONTREAL (CNS) — For two major Catholic agencies based in Canada, the Liberal government’s decision to stop airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the Middle East begs the question: How must Canada act in that region? Shortly after his Oct. 19 election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention of pulling out of the…