Therese's relics go to Canada
THE RELICS of a popular French saint have been taken to Canada.
St Therese of Lisieux began the tour of Canada with a celebration at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Adam Exner.
The relics of the Carmelite nun, who died of tuberculosis in 1897 at the age of 24, will travel across Canada for the next three months visiting more than 100 locations.
Canada is the 22nd country to host the reliquary containing the bones of the popular saint.
The reliquary, made of precious wood and silver, weighs more than 135 kilograms. More than 1,800 churches worldwide carry her name, 60 of which are in Canada.
THE GLOBAL commitment to dispense with anti-personnel landmines seems to be working, according to a report from Washington DC, the United States.
The research said five million mines have now been destroyed by nations from their arsenals as part of a worldwide effort supported by the late Princess of Wales.
Stephen Goose, arms division programme director of Human Rights Watch, a founding member of the international campaign, produced and edited the report entitled "Landmine Monitor Report 2001".
The launch of the report was delayed after the terrorist hijackings of September 11.
Amid heightened security concerns, the campaign cancelled its long-planned press conference at the Organisation of American States headquarters in Washington to release the report.