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Health centre campaign given $10 million boost: News and Notes

  • September 1, 2017

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

Health centre campaign given $10 million boost: A Toronto area homebuilder is helping St. Joseph’s Health Centre keep a vow of better patient care with a $10 million donation to its Promise Campaign.

Peter Gilgan, CEO of Mattamy Homes, made the donation to the Catholic hospital on Sept. 8 as a tribute to his parents and his west-end Toronto upbringing. The Promise Campaign, with a goal of $70 million, now sits at about $60 million.

It’s just the latest philanthropic gesture by Gilgan, who in 2014 donated $30 million to Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

St. Joseph’s was founded in 1921 by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

PRIEST RELEASED: An Indian Catholic priest who was kidnapped by militants 18 months ago has been released in Yemen.

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was a chaplain at a home for the aged in March 2016 when ISIS attacked the home and killed 16 people, including four nuns. Reports say Uzhunnalil was set free after intervention by the Oman foreign ministry.

BAN UPHELD: New York’s highest court upheld the state’s ban on assisted suicide Sept. 7 in what Catholic leaders have called an important pro-life victory for the state.

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to uphold the state’s law which bans physicians from providing life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. The written decision was “very strong, they shot this down from all angles,” Kathleen Gallagher with the New York State Catholic Conference told Catholic News Agency.

ST. TERESA CONSECRATION: Twenty years after the death of St. Teresa of Calcutta, thousands of Christians and Muslims came together Sept. 5 to celebrate the consecration, in her name, of Kosovo’s first Roman Catholic cathedral.

St. Teresa Cathedral is also the only one in the world dedicated to the Albanian saint, who spent most of her life working in the slums of India.

The consecration fell on the one-year anniversary of her canonization in Rome.

‘DUBIA’ CARDINAL DIES: Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, retired archbishop of Bologna and founder of the Pope John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, died Sept. 6 at the age of 79.

Cardinal Caffara was one of the four cardinals who penned a letter with five “dubia,” or questions, about the interpretation of Amoris laetitia to Pope Francis, requesting that he “resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity.”

His death comes almost exactly two months after that of Caffara’s friend and collaborator, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who died July 5 in Bad Füssing, Germany.

CARDINAL LED REFORM: The Italian cardinal who oversaw the Vatican-led reform and reorganization of the Legionaries of Christ died in Rome just several days before his 82nd birthday.

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis died of cancer Sept. 9 at the age of 81. An expert in church law, the cardinal was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 to be his papal delegate with broad powers of authority over the Legionaries following an apostolic visitation of the order.

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