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.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - A former Quebec justice minister has launched a petition aimed at bringing Pope Benedict XVI to Quebec City for the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in June.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - The collapse of Catholicism, not the demands of religious minorities, is responsible for Quebec’s profound anxiety over reasonable accommodation, according to Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Dalai Lama brought a message of peace and reconciliation to Ottawa Oct. 28-30, urging China to grant the Tibetan people the rights to preserve their language, culture and spirituality.

Prime Minister Stephen HarperOTTAWA - Canada will not include abortion in its G8 maternal health initiative, despite pressure from Opposition parties and foreign governments.

“Canadians want to see the foreign aid money used for things to help save the lives of women and children in ways that unite the Canadian people,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said April 27 in response to a question from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff who accused the government of reversing Canada’s 25-year-old “consensus” on the issue.
{mosimage}CORNWALL, Ont. - Offer better ministry to families and baptized Catholics who no longer attend church will come back, sociologist Reginald Bibby told the annual plenary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Oct. 15.

October 12, 2007

Peace in space

{mosimage}OTTAWA - In 1957, during the deepening Cold War, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, a basketball-sized satellite that orbited the earth every 98 minutes.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - In their upcoming plenary  Oct. 15-19, Canada’s bishops will focus their national activities to have more impact and will consider new communications strategies.

{mosimage}PEMBROKE - This rural diocese straddling the Ottawa River and taking in parts of Ontario and Quebec welcomed 45-year-old Michael Mulhall as its eighth bishop Sept. 21.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - The latest Statistics Canada’s Census 2006 report, Family Portrait, released Sept. 12, shows troubling trends that spell bad news for the future well-being of society, say pro-family groups.

{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Catholic Church has excommunicated the Quebec-based Army of Mary movement that bases its teachings on the mystical visions of an 86-year- old woman who claims to be a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary.