This historic decision does away with most provisions in law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide, giving the government a year to craft legislation.
Canada's Catholic bishops examine the church's connection with other Christian churches in a document marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's decree on ecumenism.
Titled "A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians," the document reviews the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops with various ecumenical partners including the Orthodox, the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and others since the council.
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Previously, Canada's Jesuits were divided into French- and English-speaking provinces. Combining the men would challenge them to work across one of Canada's most enduring cultural divides.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' normal practice when giving input to Rome has been to do so privately, the bishops' conference president said.
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"We are part of a world system that has always measured greatness in terms of power, but Jesus always measured greatness in terms of service," one woman said.
The sainthood process is long and complicated, but the procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews, especially those on their knees.
Three key figures in the establishment of the Catholic church in Canada and in Brazil are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations.
The three speeding their way toward sainthood are: Blessed Jose Anchieta, known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.