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Bishop Lacey, RIP

Bishop Lacey, RIP

Bishop Pearce Lacey The Most Reverend Pearse Lacey, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Toronto, died on April 2 at the age of 97. Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes remembered Lacey as a late-comer to leadership in the pro-life movement, but said once he came on board he was a staunch friend to the cause. Born in Toronto on November 26, 1916, he was ordained a priest on May ... (Continue reading)

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Joseph Cassar, RIP

Joseph Cassar, RIP

Joseph Cassar On April 19, Joseph Cassar passed from this earthly life, succumbing to heart disease. His inscrutable but faithful approach to promoting the pro-life cause will be sadly missed by his friends at Campaign Life Coalition in Toronto. Cassar, born in Malta in 1919, arrived in Canada in the early 1950s. He had served in the British merchant marines, and worked in the postal service among other jobs in ... (Continue reading)

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Trustee Michael Doyle fought against UNICEF in Catholic schools

Trustee Michael Doyle fought against UNICEF in Catholic schools

Michael Doyle fought to uphold pro-life principles in Toronto Catholic schools. The oldest of seven brothers, Michael Doyle passed away peacefully on July 27, 2013, after losing a battle with cancer. Born and raised in Dundrum, Ireland, Michael, and his wife Anita, immigrated to Toronto in 1968. In addition to being a husband, father of four and grand-father of six, ... (Continue reading)

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Bette Hamon, founder of Halton Pro-Life, RIP

Bette Hamon, founder of  Halton Pro-Life, RIP

Bette Hamon Elizabeth “Bette” Hamon, a long-time, stalwart pro-lifer, passed away at the age of 89 on Mother’s Day, in Brantford, Ont. Hamon was the founderess of Halton Pro-Life in 1974, and the organization met in the basement of her home for many years. She spoke in schools and other venues, initiated a Mother’s Day walk at the local hospital, organized rallies and other pro-life events, and trained volunteers. She was ... (Continue reading)

Barbara Willke, RIP

Barbara Willke, RIP

Barbara Willke Barbara Willke, the wife of Dr. Jack Willke, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinatti at the age of 90 after sustaining a head injury in a fall. The Willkes, who would have been married for 65 years in June, were pro-life leaders even before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. He was an obstetrician and she was a nurse. As a couple in Cincinnati they taught ... (Continue reading)

Person of the Year: Stephen Woodworth

Person of the Year: Stephen Woodworth

Stephen Woodworth Seldom do Canadians discuss the status of preborn life. Parliament has not examined issues associated with abortion or matters related to or touching upon it, in a substantial way, since Brian Mulroney was prime minister. But thanks to the efforts of a Conservative backbench MP, for nine months, Canadians, their political representatives, and the media talked about whether or not the current law that defines a child in the ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-life activists receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for fighting for pre-born

Pro-life activists receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for fighting for pre-born

Pro-life heroines Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner received medals from the Governor General of Canada this week in recognition of their “contribution to Canada.” The activists are internationally renowned for having been arrested and jailed numerous times for violating abortion facility “bubble zones” while peacefully seeking to counsel abortion-bound moms to choose life. Wagner is currently in jail following her arrest in August for witnessing at the Woman’s care Clinic in Toronto. ... (Continue reading)

Fr. de Valk’s influence

Fr. de Valk’s influence

Father Alphonse de Valk God gave us heroes, not for us to merely admire them, but to learn from their example. We at The Interim were fortunate that we could learn from Fr. de Valk – a former Interim editor and the long-time editor of Catholic Insight – not from afar, but just on the other side of the wall of our office. While he was the longest serving editor in ... (Continue reading)

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Helen Gurley Brown dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, the famous former editor of Cosmopolitan, has passed away at the age of 90. As the Wall Street Journal reported, “Cosmo, as it was called, became the sex and style Bible of single girls worldwide.” Both admirers and critics would agree with that assessment. Donald DeMarco wrote about Helen Gurley Brown and her legacy as an architect of the Culture of Death in The Interim in April 2003: “Helen Gurley ... (Continue reading)

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New International Right to Life Federation leader is a two-time Emmy winner

New International Right to Life Federation leader is a two-time Emmy winner

On July 31, Brad Mattes, executive director and cofounder of Life Issues Institute, won his second Regional Emmy Award. Mattes is host and executive producer of Facing Life Head-On, a project of the Life Issues Institute, that is broadcast to 100 million homes in the United States and Canada, and the show won its second Emmy in three years. On July 30, he was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and ... (Continue reading)

Looking back: ‘He’d do it again, too!’ Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a pro-life priest

Looking back: ‘He’d do it again, too!’ Fr. Alphonse de Valk, a pro-life priest

Here is THE LINK to purchase or donate a seat for the dinner.   Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Feb. 1991 Interim. Since then he has added another 20 years to being a priest, left The Interim to found and edit Catholic Insight for nearly two decades, been the subject of a human rights complaint, and much more. On Oct. 18, The Interim joins Catholic Insight, Campaign Life Coalition, ... (Continue reading)

Nellie Gray, founder of the U.S. March for Life, dead at 86

Nellie Gray, founder of the U.S. March for Life, dead at 86

On August 13, Nellie Gray, founder and chief organizer of the annual March for Life in the American capital, was found dead in her Washington home. She was 86 and lived alone. But every Jan. 22 since 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, tens and hundreds of thousands of Gray’s pro-life family joined her to demand an end to legal abortion in the United States. Gray, a lawyer ... (Continue reading)

Fr. Lawrence Abello, RIP

Fr. Lawrence Abello, RIP

Fr. Lawrence Abello was a Jesuit missionary, working in Canada as a voice for the unborn before relocating to Calcutta where he collaborated with Mother Teresa on life issues. Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes recalls the first time he met Fr. Abello. “He, accompanied by Fr. Ted Colleton and Fr. Alphonse deValk came into my office for a ‘quiet chat’,” Hughes told The Interim. “Fr. Abello suggested that I get arrested ... (Continue reading)

Chuck Colson, pro-life evangelical, dies at 80

Charles W. Colson, the Watergate felon who went on to become the voice of faith and reason for millions and to revolutionize prison ministry following his conversion to Christianity, died April 21 following a brain hemorrhage. Colson, 80, died at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia one week after emergency surgery for bleeding in the brain. For many of the baby boomer generation, Colson, who rose to the level of captain in the Marine Corps, will primarily be remembered for his role ... (Continue reading)

Saskatchewan’s James McGettigan was ‘consumate pro-lifer’

Saskatchewan’s James McGettigan was ‘consumate pro-lifer’

Dr. James (Jim) McGettigan, a long-time pro-life activist who served as president of the Saskatchewan Coalition for the Protection of Human Life in the 1970s and Campaign Life Coalition Saskatchewan in the 1980s, passed away Nov. 20. As Campaign Life Coalition national president Jim Hughes recalls, McGettigan, who also served on the provincial and national boards of CLC, he was a man he knew for more than a quarter of a century as ... (Continue reading)

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