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Iraqi-Canadians reach out to displaced brothers and sisters in the Middle East

June 23, 2015
Katrina Laquian, Regional Animator for British Columbia and the Yukon

On May 9th, I entered into the beautifully decorated church hall of All Saints Parish in Coquitlam, B.C., where a sold out benefit dinner gathering over 200 Iraqi-Canadians and Catholics from across Vancouver was about to take place.  Since the fall, a dedicated group of local Iraqis along with the Knights of Columbus worked diligently to organize this event aimed at bringing awareness about the crisis in Iraq that has displaced 2.5 million Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities this past year, and raising funds for aid. 

A step towards reconciliation

June 11, 2015
Julie Lapalme, research and advocacy officer
On June 2, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report before an audience filled with expectation and emotion. After having collected 7,000 testimonies over a period of six years from victims and persons in charge of Indian Residential Schools, the Commission concluded that these institutions were the key element in a policy of “cultural genocide” directed against the First Nations of Canada and designed to eliminate any form of distinct Aboriginal legal, social, cultural or religious entity. Upon closing their work, the commissioners stated that only an important reengagement on the part of the State, combined with a broad public dialogue, can open up a way toward genuine reconciliation and equal opportunities for Aboriginal populations. A list of 94 recommendations was drawn up to guide the process.
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Walking for Truth and Reconciliation

June 9, 2015
Genevieve Gallant, Regional Animator for Eastern Ontario
On Sunday, May 31st, I walked for reconciliation. Alongside people from British Colombia to Halifax, young and old, with new Canadians and our First Nations, and also with many from our Canadian churches, we gathered thousands upon thousands to mark the close of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
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Romero, a model of how to work with the poor

May 29, 2015
Myriam Antaki, webmestre
During my short visit to El Salvador for the beatification of Oscar Romero, one of the things that left the deepest impression on me was meeting people who had known Romero personally, or whose work had been affected by him. Unsurprisingly, several of these people work for Caritas El Salvador.
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Blessed Oscar Romero

May 25, 2015
Myriam Antaki, Webmaster
Events for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero began Friday evening with a procession of light. Unfortunately, that turned into a procession of umbrellas as it’s the rainy season in El Salvador. But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance.
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San Salvador on eve of Romero beatification

May 22, 2015
Myriam Antaki, Webmaster

Oscar Romero was killed for denouncing violence and defending the poor. Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 to 1980, he was murdered while celebrating Mass. In the decade that followed his death, more than 60,000 Salvadorans died in the civil war.

Romero is already considered a saint by Salvadorans. On Saturday 23 May however, he will take the next step on the path to official sainthood during a beatification ceremony celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the capital San Salvador.

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A youth internship with Development and Peace - a unique opportunity!

May 15, 2015
Brigitte Dorge, Regional Youth Intern from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg

This winter, I began an internship with Development and Peace.

What an exciting opportunity it has been for me to apply my studies outside of the classroom! Even more exciting, is that through this internship, I am able to work towards building a world of justice, which is one my passions!

You'll never guess what's inside this tent

April 16, 2015
Etienne Dion-Marcil

Upon my recent visit to Iraq, I saw the intense psychological distress that over 500,000 Iraqi Yazidis experience every day. They have had to abandon their houses and families in order to o survive the violence of ISIS.

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Solidarity has no borders

April 7, 2015
by Janelle Delorme, Regional Animator for Manitoba

The first time I heard about Sierra Leone, I was 14 or 15. I read an article about child soldiers who were fighting in the civil war. From the pictures I saw - children with guns, drugged and dismembered - it certainly did not appear “civil.” My heart broke. I couldn’t stay silent about this injustice so I wrote a paper for a high school project. At the time, the civil war in Sierra Leone was not on many people’s radar and the international community only started to talk about blood diamonds years later.

Solidarity visitor from Colombia shares human rights struggles

April 1, 2015
By Heidi Matthews, Hamilton Diocesan Council Chair
Heidi Matthews (Hamilton Diocesan Chair), His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby (Diocese of Hamilton), Father Franco, Rosa Odalmis Delis (Translator)

From March 13th to the 17th, the Diocese of Hamilton was blessed to have a Solidarity Visitor, Fr. Alberto Franco, CSsR, from Columbia.

Fr. Franco is the Executive Secretary of Development and Peace’s partner, the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP). He has been an ardent defender of human rights for over 20 years and has been accompanying Afro-Colombians, indigenous peoples and peasant farmers in defending and reclaiming their lands.