{mosimage}TORONTO - At the June 21 opening ceremony of Toronto’s Ireland Park, Mayor David Miller quoted Canadian poet Al Purdy, saying, “Sometimes we may go back to the country of our defeat ... but it’s been a long time since, and we must acquire the way of strangers.”

Cerebral palsy can’t slow social justice advocate

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Having a voice does not depend on the ability to speak.

This is certainly true of 24-year-old Rebecca Beayni of Toronto, who was honoured at this year's City of Toronto Social Justice Awards ceremony on June 9. Beayni has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or speak, but these limitations have not stopped her from becoming a voice for  individuals with disabilities around the world.

Anti-nuclear Pugwash movement turns 50

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Fifty years ago, at the beginning of the Cold War, 22 of the world’s greatest scientists gathered in the village of Pugwash, N.S., to talk about the threat of nuclear weapons.

Knights' summer camp resurrected

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The efforts of a group of Toronto-area Catholics has guaranteed that there will be a summer camp this year available to underprivileged boys. Four Winds Boys Camp, formerly known as Columbus Boy Camp, will open its doors in August on the shores of Lake Simcoe.

Abolish abortion top wish on CBC list

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - When the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) set up a Facebook group on the Internet called The Great Canadian Wish List , perhaps no one could have predicted that “Abolish Abortion in Canada” would rise to first place almost from the very start.

Euthanasia support driven by fear

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{mosimage}TORONTO - A recent poll showing massive support for doctor-assisted suicide among Canadians underscores how fearful people are of death and dying, especially if they have no belief in God or eternal life, says the executive director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute .

Idol contest aids family seeking sanctuary

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{mosimage}BRAMPTON, Ont. - On your mark, get set, sing! St. Anne’s Church in Brampton played host to a singing competition June 2 as a way to raise funds to assist a family seeking sanctuary in Philip and Mary parish as well as other ministries within the St. Anne’s parish community.

Rights league doles out honours

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TORONTO — The Catholic Civil Rights League announced the recipients of this year’s Archbishop Exner Award June 7. This year’s winners are J. Fraser Field and Jim Hughes.

D & P to help Iraq and Sudan refugees

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has raised alarms about the growing number of displaced persons needing assistance, especially in Iraq and Sudan.

New archdiocese of Toronto clergy appointments

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{mosimage}Editor’s note: Below is the annual list of clergy appointments in the archdiocese of Toronto. The appointments are to effective June 27 unless otherwise indicated. It is listed by priest and the parish he will serve, as well as the municipality (parish is in Toronto if not indicated).

Canada, G8 nations fail Africans, says Jesuit

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Neither Canada nor the G8 nations are living up to their obligations to Africa when it comes to fighting AIDS or alleviating poverty, the Canadian director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network told The Catholic Register at the conclusion of the latest G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.