The federal government’s decision to appeal a court ruling that puts an international refugee agreement with the United States at risk is disappointing but not surprising to refugee advocacy and church groups that have long sought to have the Safe Third Country Agreement scuttled.

Virgin Mary statue decapitated in west-end Toronto

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Toronto police have released an image of a man sought for decapitating a statue of the Virgin Mary outside a church in the city’s west end.

Ministry offers lifeline for desperate migrants

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It’s the afternoon of July 20 in Honduras, and Fr. Luis Lopez is travelling in a car packed with food, clothing and supplies to meet a group of 80 Nicaraguan migrants stranded at the border between Honduras and Guatemala.

Late Jesuit shapes sculptor’s spirit, art

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St. Padre Pio built a hospital, performed miraculous healing acts, heard over five million confessions and manifested the stigmata. But the Italian priest, who died in 1968 at age 81, knew his highest purpose would be accomplished following his departure from Earth. 

Church-school bond remains priority despite pandemic

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Canadian Catholic school boards are about to embark upon a September unlike any other due to COVID-19.  

Home is where the inspiration is

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Katja Murray didn’t have to look far for inspiration to make the leap into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math), a field where women remain largely on the outside looking in.

B.C. court to hear Delta hospice appeal

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VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Court of Appeal has agreed to hear the case of the Delta Hospice Society, which is trying to keep assisted suicide out of its Irene Thomas Hospice.

Parish finances looking for rebound

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If you ever doubted the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, check out your parish’s COVID-era finances. After months of closed doors and no revenue, followed by months of full-cost operations for Sunday congregations that are a fraction of normal attendance, somehow your parish is still up and running.

Liberals going full steam ahead on C-7

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OTTAWA -- The federal Liberals are vowing to pass changes to Canada’s assisted suicide law before a court-imposed deadline even though if they will be in the position to make changes remains to be seen.

O’Toole must hear social conservatives

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OTTAWA -- A social conservative did not win the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Ontario MP Erin O’Toole did.

Toronto priest removed from ministry

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The Archdiocese of Toronto has removed from ministry a priest accused of abuse against a minor in the Archdiocese of New York dating back to the late 1970s or early 1980s.