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Photos for September 2016

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smithArchbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton says priests can come up with other options instead of a funeral in assisted-death cases, such as speaking at a graveside service or at a funeral home. Alberta-NWT Bishops have issued guidelines for pastoral care of those who are divorced and remarried, and those considering euthanasia or assisted suicide. “The ultimate aim of these guidelines is to help the faithful understand the beautiful teachings of the Church on sacramental marriage, the dignity of the human person, and the inviolable sanctity of human life,” said Smith of Edmonton, who serves as president of the Alberta-NWT Bishops.


eijkCardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, speaks to the Roman Catholic bishops of Canada at their annual meeting in Cornwall, Sept. 26. Eijk’s talk focused on the impact of legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia in Holland and beyond, and stressed the importance of palliative care.


bonazzi2Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, brings greetings from Pope Francis to the Canadian bishops gathered for their annual plenary meeting in Cornwall, Ontario, Sept. 26.

img_0832Catholic bishops from across Canada opened their annual plenary assembly in Cornwall Ont., Sept. with a eucharistic celebration.


img_0809Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), celebrates the Eucharist Sept. 26 at the opening of the annual plenary meeting of the bishops in Cornwall, Ontario.



czerny1The Rev. Michael Czerny, S.J, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, explains Laudato Si’, the second encyclical of Pope Francis, to Canadian bishops at their annual plenary assembly in Cornwall, Ont. Sept. 27. The encyclical has been described as a papal call to action on the environment.


img_1058The Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Bishops, the Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, holds a news conference in French on Sept. 26, the first day of the annual plenary meeting of the bishops in Cornwall, Ont.

manciniThe Most Rev. Anthony Mancini, Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, holds a news conference in English on Sept. 26, the first day of the annual plenary meeting of the bishops in Cornwall, Ont.

leoMsgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S., is the General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. His appointment was confirmed by the 2015 Plenary Assembly and he took office November 1, 2015.

barnett-cowanAnglican Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, president of the Canadian Council of Churches, puts the final touches to her presentation to the Catholic bishops of Canada at their annual plenary assembly in Cornwall, Ont., Sept. 27. Barnett-Cowan thanked the CCCB for its “strong support” for more than 30 years of the CCC and told the bishops they have been “unwavering” in their commitment in terms of finances, personnel, communication, agenda setting and constructive criticism.

lacroix-myersQuebec Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix and the Rt. Rev. Bruce Myers, Coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Quebec, pose for a photo during a break at the plenary assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Cornwall, Ont. Sept. 27. Myers, representing the Anglican Church of Canada as ecumenical officer, was invited to the conference as an observer

img_1330Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes youth delegates from around the world at the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28. “I do not think you are the leaders of tomorrow – I know you are already leaders today,” he said.

img_1508Musician and activist Bob Geldof made no bones about what he thinks of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump at the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28. Geldof called Trump “A liar, a fool and a racist’ and included him as a commander in the ‘armies of the stupid” that also included Russian president Vladimir Putin.

watsonBritish actress Emma Watson, best known for her role in Harry Potter movies, appears on stage at the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28. Watson is the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

img_1479“We don’t need to consume as much as we have in the world,” said Mary Robinson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on El Nino & Climate. “We have a world where there’s inequity and inequality.” Speaking at the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28, Robinson, who was president of Ireland from 1990-1997, suggested people “Eat less meat or no meat at all,” to reduce the carbon footprint

img_1395Kofi Annan, who was Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1997 to 2006, speaks at the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28. The Kofi Annan Foundation works to mobilize political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.

orkidstraNational Arts Centre Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley conducted OrKidstra at the international One Young World Summit Opening Ceremonies on Parliament Hill Sept. 28. OrKidstra is a charitable organization for children living in under-served areas of Ottawa. Its mission is to “empower children and build community through the universal language of music.”

img_1279About 1,300 of the world’s exceptional young leaders along with world leaders from politics, entertainment and business attended the opening ceremonies of the One Young World Summit on Parliament Hill Sept. 28.

durocher2Canadian Archbishop Paul-André Durocher has received an award from FutureChurch, a U.S.-based Catholic reform organization, for his work promoting an expanded leadership role for women in the church.The Trivison Award, named for the organization’s late co-founder, Father Louis J. Trivison, was awarded to Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec, via Skype during the group’s annual meeting in Cleveland Sept. 22. The award is given “in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing FutureChurch’s mission and vision which includes initiatives to advance women in Church leadership,” FutureChurch said in a Sept. 20 news release.Durocher, the former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “made international news for his visionary proposal during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome calling on bishops to discuss women deacons and expand leadership for women in the Church including greater opportunities for preaching,” the release stated.


macdonaldNational Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald and the two other Indigenous bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have released a statement opposing the church’s same-sex marriage vote at General Synod this summer and calling for an inquiry into the process leading up to the vote.
“As we wrote to the commission and stated at the Synod, we do not agree with the decision and believe that it puts our communities in a difficult place in regards to our relation and community within the Anglican Church of Canada,” said the statement, released Sept. 22. Synod’s motion in favor of changing the marriage canon to allow for same-sex marriages requires second reading at Synod’s 2019 gathering before any changes can take effect.
MacDonald, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa and Bishop Adam Halkett, said the statement came at the request of an “Indigenous circle” that met after the final vote was revealed. The bishops also said, “We will proceed towards self-determination with all urgency.”

annanKofi Annan, a former Secretary General of the United Nations. Cher, singer and Oscar winning actress. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Bob Geldof, musician and activist. These are only a few of the dozens of counselors and speakers coming to Ottawa for the One Young World summit Sept. 28- Oct. 1. The UK-based charity stages annual summits around the world, where, it says, “the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organizations are joined by world leaders, acting as the One Young World Counselors.” The opening ceremony of the Ottawa summit is to be held on Parliament Hill Sept. 28.

blackstockFirst Nations advocate Cindy Blackstock says the federal government is consciously discriminating against 163,000 children in its delivery of child welfare services on reserves, the Canadian Press reported Sept. 16. Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, said Canadians need to know that the Trudeau government is not following a legal order. “And that should no longer be allowed in this country, not after the residential schools.” The news agency noted that last winter the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada discriminated against First Nations children in the delivery of services.

img_9394Dawn Lavell-Harvard, the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, has resigned to spend more time with her family. The move comes just as the National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women kicks off. “I am deeply committed to working towards the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls, but my top priority has always been my three young daughters,” said Lavell-Harvard in a statement. “The toll of raising a young family, the long hours, and extensive travel required for this high-level position had begun to take an impact on myself and my family.”

bergenFormer cabinet minister Candice Bergen has been appointed the Conservative Party’s House leader, replacing Andrew Scheer, who recently stepped aside to pursue a leadership bid. “I look forward to working with [Bergen] as Conservatives are the only party in the House of Commons to act as the taxpayers’ watchdog, holding this Liberal government to account,” interim leader Rona Ambrose said in a statement.

mackayPeter MacKay, a high profile contender for the leadership of the Conservative Party, says he won’t be seeking the position. MacKay, a former cabinet minister in the Harper government, said in a statement Sept. 12 that his family is his number one priority. “While the opportunity is exciting and the reward compelling, I feel it would be asking too much of them to jump back into politics right now and the heat of a leadership campaign with all that it entails.”

 img_8438-2Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denounced the latest nuclear test conducted by North Korea . “Canada strongly condemns North Korea’s latest nuclear test as a threat to regional stability and unacceptable violation of UNSC resolutions,” Trudeau said in a statement. The Sept. 8 blast, North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, was more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

harperFormer prime minister Stephen Harper has teamed up with Dentons, a multinational law firm, and work out of Calgary, his home base. In a statement Sept. 12, Dentons termed its relationship with Harper as a “strategic affiliation,” and said Harper will remain at the helm of his own consulting agency.


goodalePublic Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canadians hit with a lifetime ban on entering the United States for telling a border guard they have recreationally smoked pot is a “ridiculous situation” that needs to be addressed. Canadian Matthew Harvey was excluded from the U.S. for answering truthfully when the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service asked if he had ever smoked pot recreationally. “We obviously need to intensify our discussions with our border authorities in the United States, including the Department of Homeland Security,” said Goodale, interviewed by Rosemary Barton on CBC’s Power & Politics Sept. 9.


douglas-sutherlandActor Kiefer Sutherland, shown in 2003 with his mother, Canadian actor Shirley Douglas, found himself on a hot Toronto subway car without air conditioning Sept. 8 when the temperature felt like 38 C with the humidex. A Twitter photo of the star of “24” and other movies and TV shows him standing in the subway car with his head bowed. Sutherland, grandson of the late Tommy Douglas, a former premier of Saskatchewan and son of actor Donald Sutherland, was in Toronto filming his new ABC show “Designated Survivor.”


mansbridgeThe CBC’s chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, perhaps Canada’s most recognizable TV news anchor, is waving goodbye to a career spanning almost five decades. Mansbridge has announced his last day at work will be after he anchors the network’s special Canada Day coverage next July 1, Canada’s 150th birthday.


skyhawks5-aug23The 2016 season of the SkyHawks, the Canadian Forces Parachute Team, ends at the London,Ont., air shows on Sept. 17 and 18. This season marked The SkyHawks’ 45th anniversary “captivating and entertaining audiences with aerobatic feats using their signature Canadian flag canopies,” National Defence stated Sept. 13. The SkyHawks this year performed at more than 30 venues, including air shows, sporting events, and festivals across Canada and the United States, even performing a rare landing on Parliament Hill in July.