In this issue:
– Emerging stronger from the pandemic: A message from leaders of Canada’s religious communities
– Brother Louis Cinq-Mars, OFM Cap, finishes his mandate as President of the Canadian Religious Conference
– The Death of Joyce Echaquan: Anti-Indigenous Racism
– Fratelli Tutti, the Pope Francis encyclical letter on fraternity and social friendship
– Resources around medical assistance in dying: Message We can and must do much better and letter Samaritanus Bonus
The second wave of COVID-19 is spreading and forcing us to make new efforts of solidarity. Like you, we have gone through the last months of the pandemic facing the same challenges as you have been facing. The outbreaks in our infirmaries and residences have caused us to lose sisters and brothers, without our being able to accompany and support them as we would have liked. […] We hope, with these words, to offer some wisdom and faith so that solidarity might be within our reach.
Today, more than 50 religious leaders from across Canada released an open letter to all Canadians in opposition to Bill C-7 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying). This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders to the legislation introduced by the federal government on 5 October 2020 which seeks to expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide.