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Photos for May 2015

king and queen                                                                          King and Roman Catholic Queen visit Ottawa
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial May 27 as part of their three-day state visit to Canada. The visit, the first for the royal couple, commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Holland, when Canadian  soldiers helped drive the Nazis out of Holland at the end of the Second World War. The Argentine-born Máxima married Willem-Alexander – who was baptized as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church – in a civil ceremony in 2002.  He became king following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix, in April 2013. They have three children. In March , 2013, the then Princess Máxima attended the inaugural mass of Pope Francis in Rome.

king willemKing Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands pays his respects to fallen Canadian soldiers at the National War Memorial in Ottawa May 27

queen maximaQueen Máxima of the Netherlands looks up at the figures of fallen Canadian soldiers on the National War Memorial in Ottawa May 27

IMG_4518A Canada Goose in Ottawa goes for a riverbank walkabout with two of her goslings May 18.

IMG_4245Catch of the morning for a yellow warbler in Ottawa May 18

IMG_4259There’s nothing like a early morning bath in the Ottawa River, at least for this yellow warbler on May 18.

barnett-cowanThe governing board of Canadian Council of Churches has elected the Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan to a three-year term as the CCC’s president, succeeding Lt. Col. Jim Champ of the Salvation Army, the Anglican Communion News Service reported May 19. Barnett-Cowan is current Interim Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and its former Director for Unity, Faith and Order. She was ecumenical officer for the Anglican Church of Canada for several years and had previously served a term as one of the CCC’s vice-presidents. The Canadian Council of Churches is the largest ecumenical body in Canada, representing 25 churches of Anglican, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions.


princess anneThe Cost of Royalty
Princess Anne’s two-day visit to the national capital area last November cost $128,000 – cheap by the standards of recent visits by the royals, the Ottawa Citizen reported May 21. The focal point of the two-day trip was Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial, where the princess rededicated the monument 75 years after her grandfather had first dedicated it. The most expensive of recent royal visits was the Queen’s 2009 tour, which cost $310,000 per day, the newspaper reported. Prince William and Kate’s nine-day visit in 2011 visit cost $1.2 million.


tulipfestRanked as the world’s largest tulip festival, the 10-day Canadian Tulip Festival ended in Ottawa May 18. This year’s event marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from the Nazis during the Second World War. With one million tulips in bloom, the festival generates tens of millions of tourist dollars for the local economy each year.

harperPrime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be taking part in pre-election leaders’ debates hosted by the Broadcast Consortium, which includes the largest Canadian radio and television networks. The consortium announced May 21 that an agreement in principle has been reached with the New Democrats, Liberals, Green Party and Bloc Quebecois to hold the debates. The broadcasters said they were “optimistic” the Conservatives would accept the new proposal. But a spokesman for the Conservatives says the party has no intention of returning to the negotiating table after pulling out of discussions in favour of two rival bids by Quebec-based TVA and Maclean’s/Rogers.


MaioneCatholic lay leader and social activist Romeo Maione passed away in Ottawa May 12 at the age of 90. Described as one of Canada’s foremost left-leaning Catholic laymen, Maione was assistant director of the social action department of the Catholic bishops’ conference in Ottawa in 1962. He was invited in 1987 to participate as a Canadian delegate to the Synod of Bishops on the Role of the Laity, called by Pope John Paul II in Rome. Maione also served as Director of International Affairs for the Canadian International Development Agency and as International President of the international Young Christian Workers in Brussels, Belgium. He is survived by his wife, Betty, four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.




Campaign Life Coalition, organizers of the annual March for Life Rally on Parliament Hill May 14, say more than 25,000 people attended the event. RCMP , however, placed the figure at between 8,000 and 9,000.


collinsCampaign Life Coalition, organizers of the annual March for Life Rally on Parliament Hill May 14 say more than 25,000 people attended the event. RCMP , however,  placed the figure at between 8,000 and 9,000. Among the several speakers at the rally was Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. “Thou shalt not  kill,” he said. “That’s  simple, it is profound, it is something we need to reflect upon, and we need to live,” he added. “And we need to affirm, to show reverence for every person from the first moment of  existence, through to natural death and on to the house of the heavenly father.”


bishop don harveyBishop Don Harvey, retired bishop/moderator of the break-away Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC), led a delegation of church members to the March for Life rally on Parliament Hill May 14. In his address, Harvey apologized “that some of my fellow Anglicans have been slow in making a witness to this movement.” He said he prays that “the example we are giving today may be an inspiration to them.” ANIC has written respect for human life as one of the main clauses in its constitution, said Harvey.


bonazziCanada’s apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi acknowledges applause from the crowd after being introduced by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at the annual March for Life Rally on Parliament Hill May 14.


toplessFor the second year in a row a small group of topless women chanting “my body , my rules” made a charge for the stage but were quickly turned back by police, covered up and escorted away. Member of Parliament Stephen Woodworth continued his talk without acknowledging the actions of the women. Last year, one of the topless women made it to the microphone as Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec City was speaking but was quickly whisked away by RCMP.


IMG_6976Thousands of people attending the annual March for Life on Parliament Hill May 15, take to the streets with pro-life signs and banners for a peaceful, march through downtown Ottawa under escort by police. Campaign Life Coalition, which organizes the event, told the crowd before the march, that “more than 25,000” took in the event, but police put the figure at between 8,000 and 9,000.



Picking a picket sign. Plenty of pro-life signs were available to those coming to the annual March for Life Rally on Parliament Hill May 14. Many young people had been bussed in from Catholic schools across the province.



Yoga enthusiasts got a leg up on summer on Parliament Hill May 6 with their first workout of the year. Yoga lessons run weekly from noon to 1 p.m. on the Hill until the end of September.



It was six years ago that Aboriginal and Church leaders gathered with the newly appointed members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at a drumming circle in Ottawa. The three-member commission is now set to release its final report and will also take part in closing events in Ottawa from May 31-June 3 along with top church officials.



Dignity for All campaign presented the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus with 4,000 postcards on Parliament Hill May 6 calling for a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada. The postcards were gathered last October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, in 45 communities across the country. “These communities gathered signatures as part of activities called Chew on This!” said Joe Gunn (right) , Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice. “This campaign draws attention to the high levels of food insecurity and poverty in Canada and the need for action beyond Band-Aid solutions, like food banks.” The anti-poverty caucus was to deliver the postcards to the Prime Minister. The caucus leadership is made up of six Conservative, New Democratic, and Liberal parliamentarians.