TORONTO - The guys who control the mill jobs in several small towns on Vancouver Island, who cut down swaths of rainforest to make paper for phone books and catalogues and who deal in pulp for paper mills up and down the west coast of North America are now officially good guys of Canada’s forest products industry.

MP seeks to honour John Paul II

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TORONTO - A member of Ontario’s provincial legislature wants the province to recognize April 2 as Pope John Paul II Day. On that very day, Conservative MPP Frank Klees planned to introduce into the legislature a private member’s bill to commemorate the day the late pope died two years ago.

Smith appointed archbishop of Edmonton

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OTTAWA - Pembroke Bishop Richard Smith said he was surprised to be appointed as archbishop of Edmonton, but he trusts that God will give him the grace to serve where he is called.

Merton workshop comes to town

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TORONTO - The Thomas Merton Society of Canada is offering an opportunity to get to know the 20th century’s most famous American monk.

Interfaith prayer for Afghan peace

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TORONTO - A peace prayer will unite Christians of every stripe at St. James Anglican Cathedral in downtown Toronto April 22 at 4:30 p.m.

New director for Sheptytsky Institute

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Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky began a three-year term as the new director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies on Feb. 1.

What is the Canadian identity?

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OTTAWA - Who are we? What does it mean to be Canadian? Questions of Canadian identity have frequently occupied pundits, academics and politicians. Now the Conservative government is getting involved.

Preparing the way for Little italy procession

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TORONTO - After hosting Little Italy’s Good Friday procession for 45 years, St. Francis of Assisi parish has got the planning and preparation down to a science. 

Canada not a fertile nation

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TORONTO - Everybody who graduated from Grade 9 biology knows governments can’t make babies. But in the wake of 2006 census numbers which show Canadians failing to replace themselves, some people think the government should help the process along.

Hate crime charge follows attack

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TORONTO - An attack on a Jewish community centre in midtown Toronto is part of a continuing pattern that needs to be addressed, said Fr. Damian MacPherson, the archdiocese of Toronto’s interfaith and ecumenical affairs officer.

Catholics For Peace join anti-war rally

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TORONTO - Ten Catholics For Peace were among a couple thousand protesters who marked the fourth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq with a St. Patrick’s Day rally across the street from the U.S. consulate and a march through downtown Toronto converging on the Peace Garden in Nathan Phillips Square.