If you think St. Augustine instilled the Church with phobias about sex, you probably don’t understand St. Augustine, PhD student Meghan Bowen told an audience of theology students Jan. 9 at Regis College in Toronto.

A world on edge: Middle East tensions rising

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In the wake of rising tensions in the Middle East which have seen the assassination of Iran’s top general and the downing of a civilian airliner, Canada can expect an escalation of refugee applications, say representative of aid agencies familiar with the region.

Bishops confront ‘complex’ issue

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JERUSALEM -- Finding solutions to the situation in Gaza is a complicated task, said Archbishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg, Man.

Quebec to take ethics, religious culture out of school curriculum

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QUEBEC CITY -- The government of Quebec is about to eliminate its Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum, which replaced catechesis in schools in 2008.

Government launches consultation on assisted suicide

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OTTAWA -- As the federal government launches a public consultation on laws governing assisted suicide, opponents are calling any move to expand the practice proof of the slippery slope they have long predicted.

Community shares in the grief over Ukrainian airline victims

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A solemn vigil for seven students  — including a Catholic high school student and an adult studying English at a Catholic school — began with two students singing the haunting words of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” and for the most part it was an evening of silence as hundreds gathered to remember the young lives cut short Jan. 8 by the downing of a Ukrainian airliner over the skies of Tehran, Iran.

Student pulls back curtain on addiction

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VANCOUVER -- When Myka Kollmann isn’t buried in textbooks at the University of British Columbia, she can often be found playing games with, running errands for, and laughing with recovering drug addicts at Luke 15 House.

Winnipeg Free Press partners with faith communities to put religion back in the news

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Whether Canada’s faith life is hidden, secret or just ignored, it represents a rich vein of news for any enterprising journalist, as far as Winnipeg Free Press columnist John Longhurst is concerned. 

Halifax pastoral plan on ‘pretty good’ path

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A pastoral plan three years in the making which resulted in a two-thirds reduction of parishes in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth has put the archdiocese in a position to succeed amid the realities of the modern Church, said John Stevens.

Ontario Catholic teachers plan one-day strike Jan. 21

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Ontario’s Catholic teachers will be holding a province-wide one-day strike Jan. 21.

Sisters of Sion ‘horrified’ by anti-Semitic attacks

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A spike in attacks on Jews in North America and Europe has prompted the Sisters of Sion in Canada to speak out.