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.

OTTAWA – Fr. Tony Van Hee, who was arrested and charged Oct. 24 for violating Ontario’s exclusion zone around abortion facilities, is mounting a constitutional challenge of the law.

OTTAWA – Notre Dame Cathedral was packed on Nov. 23 for a Pontifical High Mass marking the 50th anniversary of Ottawa’s Traditional Latin Mass community at St. Clement’s Parish.

OTTAWA – In a dog-eat-dog book publishing world where many houses fail or get gobbled up by conglomerates, the fact little Justin Press held its 10th annual book launch Nov. 7 is news.

OTTAWA – T.J. Stevens spent six years teaching in a small Inuit community in Northern Quebec until he heard about a new Catholic private high school opening in Ottawa was looking for a principal.

OTTAWA – Ontario doctors who are suing the Ontario physicians’ college over conscience rights received good news Nov. 8 when the province of Ontario dropped its intervention on behalf of the college.

OTTAWA – The Canadian government needs to speed the processing for refugee claimants and raise the number of government-sponsored refugees, say advocates.

OTTAWA – Canada is being urged to give asylum to Asia Bibi and her family after Pakistan’s Supreme Court cleared her of blasphemy charges, resulting in widespread rioting by Islamic extremists.

OTTAWA – Constitutional lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos will represent an 83-year old Catholic priest who was arrested Oct. 24 for violating Ontario’s abortion bubble zone law.

ROME – A delegation of Canadian Muslims experienced a dream come true Oct. 24 when they met Pope Francis after his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square.

ROME – The president of the Canadian bishops’ conference called the Synod of Bishops a “powerful experience” which he hopes will make him a better bishop.