OTTAWA -- The abuse started when Veronique Garnier was just 13 years old. She was abused by her parish priest, who was also a family friend.

Women challenged to be ‘warriors’

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SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. -- For Kelsey Papastritas, motherhood is a delicate balancing act.

Quebec bishops release declaration on violence against women as world remembers massacre

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Despite what we’ve learned in the 30 years since the massacre of 14 women at a Montreal university, there still remains so much more that needs to be done, says the principal author of a declaration on violence against women in our society.

Canadians divided on faith vs. secularism

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OTTAWA -- Most Canadians believe a faith-based upbringing has a positive impact on society even as a significant minority of Canadians would like the country to become more secular, especially in public life.

B.C. First Nations deacon hopeful about new law

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VANCOUVER -- Deacon Rennie Nahanee remembers collecting seafood on the shores of the Tsleil-Waututh reserve, near the Second Narrows Bridge, in the 1960s.

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor wants spirituality in public sphere

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VATICAN CITY -- The heady realm of philosophy got special accolades in November when the preeminent Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor, won the Ratzinger Prize.

Palliative care doctors draw the line

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As Ottawa prepares to rewrite Canada’s euthanasia law, palliative care doctors and hospice operators are urging lawmakers to acknowledge that palliative care and medically induced death are separate and distinct things.

Court challenge fails against Quebec’s Bill 21 ban on religious symbols

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A second attempt to have the anti-religious symbols provisions of Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 suspended until court challenges to the legality of the bill are determined has failed.

Poverty promise remains elusive target

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The failure to end child poverty in Canada, promised 30 years ago when parliamentarians pledged to stop the scourge by 2000, has seen a generation of children grow up without the supports they need, says Leila Sarangi.

Assumption reno counts on fresh flow of cash

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WINDSOR, Ont. -- With phase one of renovations complete church officials are now moving ahead with the next phase of repairs to 177-year-old Our Lady of Assumption Church — but they’ll need to dig into some deeper pockets to complete it.

Abuse review ‘difficult but transformative’

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VANCOUVER -- Whenever a group of people with different opinions gather at a table to discuss a controversial topic, sparks are bound to fly.