OTTAWA -- A planned visit this month by one of the highest-ranking members of the Catholic Church to commemorate the anniversary of a milestone in the relationship between Canada and the Holy See has been put off until at least next spring because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Life Chain a go, with enhanced safety protocols

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OTTAWA -- The annual National Life Chain will be held across Canada Oct. 4 despite a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada’s largest provinces and warnings of a “second wave.”

Dallaire Institute spotlights child protection

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The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security will take its second annual Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) International Symposium online Sept. 28-Oct. 2 to foster the conversation about protecting children living in conflict environments.

Pandemic forces Out of the Cold to look for other ways to help homeless

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Outside the St. Brigid’s Out of the Cold shelter on the last official day of summer, as trees in the park are threatening to burst into red and gold, 28-year-old Harley was wondering whether this church basement might be a place where he could stay.

Politics won out over priesthood for John Turner

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If John Turner hadn’t been talked out of it by his boss at the powerful Montreal law firm of Stikeman Elliott, he might have been a priest and not a politician. But he would have been one of those priests who wield power and influence under the genial guise of amusing tales, loyal friendships and long dinners within longer conversations.

Lacroix proposing ‘break’ from catechesis

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QUEBEC CITY -- Cardinal Gerald Lacroix asked parishes in the Archdiocese of Quebec to “pause” their catechetical programs to give them time to think about what comes next.

Canadian bishops' plenary adapts to the times

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OTTAWA -- The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a challenging learning experience for the Catholic Church in Canada, and that continued when the first-ever online Plenary Assembly of Canada’s bishops began Sept. 21 as bishops from across the nation gathered in front of their computers to get down to business.

Quebec faith groups protest restrictions

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MONTREAL -- The Quebec government took religious leaders by surprise by announcing Sept. 20 that the maximum number of people allowed to participate in an event in a place of worship would be lowered from 250 to 50 in all regions of the province, starting Sept. 21.

Mining petition to be aired, should government stand

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If the Liberal government stands past the Sept. 23 throne speech, Martin Blanchet’s seven-year battle to get somebody with authority to look into how Canadian mining companies and others treat workers, communities and the environment in poor countries will finally get an airing in the House of Commons. 

Parents unite to fight racism

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Parents in York Region looking for support while advocating for their Black children within the education system have another place to turn.

Faith leaders join forces over suicide strategy

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A Saskatchewan judge has ruled against the provincial government and in favour of the religious freedom of a Métis man fasting and praying on the front lawn of the Saskatchewan legislature for a more robust suicide prevention strategy.