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CCRL Cosignatory on Letter to Prime Minister Voicing Opposition to Covid-19 Vaccines from Abortion Derived Cell Lines

The executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) Christian Elia cosigned a letter sent yesterday to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, calling for funding for Covid-19 vaccine research that is ethically acceptable to the millions of Canadians who vehemently oppose the use of abortion derived cell lines.

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The League Mourns the Death of Co-founder and Former Exner Award Recipient Fr. Alphonse de Valk

Fr. de Valk was a passionate defender of life, and of free speech, and stood for a robust understanding of freedom of conscience and religion. Fr. de Valk was born on Easter Sunday, 1932.  He died during the Easter Octave, and just prior to Divine Mercy Sunday.  His witness to the Gospel of Life was always centred on his relationship with Jesus Christ, in his case, through the priesthood.  May he be richly rewarded with the promises of the same Christ, our Lord.

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Holy Week Message from the CCRL amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic

The closure of churches is depriving the faithful of the sacraments in the short term, at the most sacred time of the Christian calendar. Perhaps for this year’s Easter Triduum, let’s take a moment to place crucifixes in the front windows of our homes, or on our front porches, if possible.  It would be an outward sign of our veneration of the cross, through which we come to the glory of the resurrection.  Placing a candle in those places on Easter would be a further sign of the light of Christ.

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Tickets Still Available! CCRL’s 2019 Dinner in Toronto this Monday with Exner Winner Fr. Tony Van Hee and Guest Speaker Deborah Gyapong

This is the last call for tickets to attend the CCRL’s 2019 Dinner in Toronto on November 25 at 6:30 pm at the Sala Caboto Ballroom at 40 Playfair Ave, west of Dufferin, south of Lawrence. Tickets are $125 each for individuals. We are offering a special rate of $1000 for a table of 10. We encourage organizations, or even groups of friends to save money and help the CCRL by organizing a table. With either option an RSVP is required by calling (416) 466-8244 or 1-844-722-CCRL or by emailing The deadline is 5 pm EST on Friday, November 22.

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Prayer Request for CCRL 2017 Exner Award Recipient Dr. Robert Walley, founder of @MaterCareOrg
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The League Mourns the Death of Co-founder and Former Exner Award Recipient Fr. Alphonse de Valk:

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The CCRL has asked its supporters to make a greater public witness to our faith this Triduum by placing crucifixes in windows and front porches on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as an outward sign of our veneration of the cross. #GoodFriday #Triduum #HolyWeek2020 #HolyWeekAtHome

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