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By Alex Bush

May 21, 2009, ( – The Archdiocese of Toronto’s Catholic Women’s League held a convention on May 12th and 13th, with the theme “Women of Peace and Hope,” where the organization promoted a distinct pro-life message.

Fr. Damian Ali, spiritual advisor for the Toronto archdiocesan CWL, spoke at a Mass on each day where he called the women of the CWL to be a voice of peace and hope through the protection of the unborn.  He also encouraged members of the CWL to go to the March for Life and defended the true definition of marriage, as being between one man and one woman.

Fr. Tom Lynch, the head of Priests for Life Canada, was one of the keynote speakers at the convention.  His address, “The Testimony of Hope,” focused on women being called to be “a presence and a witness” in order to save even one life.

Another speaker at the conference was Dr. Andrew Simone, founder of Canadian Food for Children, who received a standing ovation.  CFC is an organization that Simon said is 100% Catholic and stands with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and is dedicated to helping poor children around the world ( 

In addition to speaking about poverty, Simone criticized the myth that the media and people who are pro-population control have expressed regarding the “population explosion” that they say is destroying our earth.  He also reaffirmed Pope Benedict’s statement that condoms are not the answer to curbing the spread of AIDS in Africa and spoke out against contraception and abortion.