Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News

Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News

Deborah Waters Gyapong has been a journalist and novelist for more than 20 years. She has worked in print, radio and television, including 12 years as a producer for CBC TV's news and current affairs programming. She currently covers religion and politics primarily for Catholic and Evangelical newspapers.

After 15 years as the Ottawa correspondent for Canadian Catholic News, contributing frequently to The Catholic Register, Deborah Gyapong retired on Sept. 30. Below she shares some final thoughts on her career.

OTTAWA -- Although the question of married priests to serve remote regions of the Amazon has monopolized headlines prior to the upcoming Synod of Bishops, it is not a priority issue, said a Canadian bishop who will participate in the synod.

CORNWALL, Ont. -- Religious persecution always has a starting point, a trajectory and like cancer it needs early detection and diagnosis, an Evangelical leader told Canada’s Catholic bishops.

CORNWALL, ONT. -- The president of the Pontifical Mission Societies is urging Canada’s Catholic bishops to proclaim the Gospel without fear.

CORNWALL,ONT. -- Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Holy See will include a visit from a high-ranking Vatican official sometime in the coming year, the apostolic nuncio told Canada’s bishops Sept. 23.

CORNWALL, Ont. -- Canada’s bishops will monitor next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, but the issue of ordaining married men is not a priority for bishops here, said Archbishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg.

OTTAWA -- Catholic academics from across North America will gather in Montreal Sept. 27-29 to examine how Catholics can navigate a society that increasingly pushes them to the margins.

OTTAWA -- A Quebec court decision that strikes down key safeguards in Canada’s euthanasia law points to an urgent need to provide opportunities and care for vulnerable and disabled people, said euthanasia opponents who called the ruling “terrible news.”

OTTAWA -- The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon will challenge Canada regarding its own relationship with Indigenous peoples and the environment, said Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina.

OTTAWA -- A review by Canada’s bishops of Development and Peace that arose from allegations the agency was aligned with some questionable partners is completed and will be presented by the end of September.