The legacy of the Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage stretches back a lot longer than the Church remembers. Lac Ste. Anne was a sacred pilgrimage site for centuries before French Oblate missionaries arrived at Fort des Prairies (later known as Edmonton) in 1843.

‘God opens the door’ to Pakistani Catholic refugee family

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Younis Gil is a small man who struggles with English. Years of stress, uncertainty and hard labour have left an imprint. But he squares his shoulders, straightens his back, meets your gaze and smiles. With his wife Saleema Bibi and surrounded by three of his adult children plus a son-in-law, he is a proud pater familias embracing a life that a few months ago was hard to imagine.

Pakistan blasphemy law ‘costing lives’

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Canada can do more to counter Pakistan’s blasphemy law — a law that made refugees of the Younis family and thousands of others, whose lives are on hold in Bangkok and other places around the world — the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief told the All-Party Parliamentary Interfaith Caucus in an online presentation earlier this month.

On the trail to help women escape abuse

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On May 1, mother of three Linda Murphy began a 900-kilometre hike along Ontario’s Bruce Trail to raise money for domestic violence survivors across Canada.

Full STEAM ahead for girls

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A predominantly female robotics team from Toronto’s St. Oscar Romero Catholic Secondary School is helping to expand the face of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Speaker to share tips on raising happy kids

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While many are emerging to a sense of normalcy after two years years of dark clouds and closures due to the pandemic, many parents have been left with ongoing concerns for their children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Students take ‘Chance’ on music contest

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Music composed by students at St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham, Ont., is the official theme song for this year’s Catholic Education Week festivities across the province.

Loretto College Ukraine donation aims to make a difference

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All labelled and sorted, in bags and boxes, the Loretto College School chapel is crammed with stuff — all of it headed for Ukraine by way of St. Demetrius the Great Martyr Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto’s west end.

Christian culture best served by democracy

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If the definition of “freedom fighter” is in the eyes of the beholder, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau beholds Ukrainians.

Stars are born: students put talents on film

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The Mississauga East family of Catholic schools is holding its first annual student film festival, celebrating talent and providing a forum to share youth creativity during Catholic Education Week.

Catholic education plants seeds of faith

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In Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit of March 2019, the Pope boldly states that Catholic schools must “seek to welcome all young people regardless of their religious choices, cultural origin and personal, family or social situation. In this way the Church makes a fundamental contribution to the individual education of the young in various parts of the world.”