Islam is Canada’s fastest growing religion, according to the 2011 National Household Survey. Currently at around one million believers in Canada, the number of Muslim Canadians is doubling every 10 years, estimates the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, chiefly due to an influx of Muslim immigrants. In other words, chances are pretty good, and only getting better, that your neighbour, your grocery clerk or your doctor is a Muslim.
Years of small steps by Cuban and U.S. intermediaries loosened the hard soil of enmity between the two nations. Gradually, travel restrictions for relatives in both nations were lightened and limits on cash remittances to Cuba increased. Recent interventions by other nations kept building the pressure to change. Canada provided a neutral place for secret discussions. Notably, even Pope Francis encouraged irenic relations. Altogether these created an impetus that official spokespersons of both nations could no longer brush off publicly.
In November 2011, a church submitted an application to sponsor a family of eight to come to Canada. At first, things were moving along well. The family was interviewed less than a year later, in July 2012. But now, more than two years since that interview and three years since the application was submitted, not only has the family not arrived, the sponsoring church has not heard anything from the Visa Office or Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).Login to View
Mary Jo Leddy is a writer, speaker and social activist. In 1975, she became founding editor of Catholic New Times, an independent national newspaper (published from 1976-2006). She is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (1987) and the Order of Canada (1996). But Dr. Leddy, author of over 700 articles and six books, is most widely known for the “text” of her life: her advocacy for refugees and the founder (as well as resident) and now Director of the Romero House – a community home for refugees in Toronto.
As adult children befriend their parents, so, too, can mature children of God become friends with God.Login to View