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Tuesday
Mar222016

Office of Religious Freedom may be axed

 (Staff)  THERE ARE growing concerns that the Office of Religious Freedom (ORF), which was established in 2013 under the Conservative government, may be axed by the current Liberal administration. Given that ORF’s mandate expires at the end of March and no formal announcement on its future has been made, there is much speculation that it will be shut down shortly. 

ORF was established inside the Foreign Affairs Department (now known as Global Affairs Canada) and Andrew Bennett was appointed its first ambassador for three years. His term, which was set to expire Feb. 19th, has been extended until at least the end of March.

Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has recently argued

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Sunday
Jan312016

Canadian discovery: Wife of Henry VIII wrote BCP prayer

Women, such as Katherine Parr, were not only authors of prayers for public worship, but they were also editors.

(The Melton Constable or Hastings portrait of Queen Catherine)


A CANADIAN university professor has discovered that the Prayer for the Monarch, contained in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and retained by many Anglican provinces, in one form or another, was written by Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII, and selected for use in the BCP by Queen Elizabeth I.

Professor Micheline White made her “accidental” discovery

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Sunday
Jan312016

New co-adjutor bishop for Quebec diocese 

Bruce Myers says he would like to bring a sense of hope to the role of bishop of Quebec.

(Supplied photo)

 

THE ANGLICAN CHURCH of Canada’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations has been selected to be the Diocese of Quebec’s co-adjutor bishop. On Nov. 27th Archdeacon Bruce Myers was elected on the sixth ballot from a slate of six candidates.

This spring Myers intends to travel the diocese to become more familiar with its people and communities, as well as working out a transition plan with Bishop Dennis Drainville, who plans to retire in 2017.

Myers says he would like to bring a sense of hope

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Sunday
Jan312016

Palliative care inadequate

By Kristy Kirkup

FEDERAL and provincial governments need to guarantee access to palliative care, the Canadian Cancer Society said Jan. 12th as it released a report on the state of care across the country.

In its findings, the society said critically ill patients are falling through the cracks of the health care system. In the absence of national standards, individual jurisdictions are left

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Sunday
Jan312016

New places of worship restricted

Mindy Pollak

 (Photo: Mindy Pollak)

By Graeme Hamilton

DESPITE CLAIMS of discrimination and a threat of legal action, the Montreal borough of Outremont approved a bylaw Dec. 9th that would relegate all new places of worship to an out-of-the-way industrial corner.

Members of Montreal’s Hasidic Jewish community, who make up more than 20 per cent of the population, say they are directly targeted by the measure

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