{mosimage}TORONTO - Another story about garment workers forced into 24-hour shifts, beaten and fired for joining a union, paid less than Philippine minimum wage (between 51 and 68 cents an hour) to produce women’s shirts for Wal-Mart shoppers wouldn’t shock anybody.

Newest Catholics called to spread Christ’s light

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Family and friends packed St. Michael’s Cathedral May 2 to support their loved ones who have been recently baptized and/or confirmed with the Catholic faith.


Register takes top newspaper award

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TORONTO - The Catholic Register won four first place awards in the annual Canadian Church Press journalism competition, along with six other honours announced May 4 at the 50th annual convention of the organization.

Government still balks at issuing apology for residential school abuses

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Parliament has added its symbolic apology to that of four national churches, voting 257 to zero May 1 to say sorry for Canada’s official program to wipe out aboriginal culture through residential schools.

Oblate Perrin to take reins at St. Jerome's

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{mosimage}WATERLOO, Ont. - A priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate has been chosen as the next president of St. Jerome’s University, a Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University of Waterloo.

Trustee wins Liberal nomination

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WATERLOO, Ont. - Louise Ervin, a a Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustee, was elected Liberal candidate for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding on April 29. This nomination was the first contested provincial Liberal nomination in Ontario.

Profit to lead ecology retreat

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GRAND FALLS, Nfld. - For those ready to see the passion of Christ in the suffering of a world in ecological decline, an Ignatian ecology retreat led by Jesuit Father James Profit is being offered at St. Catherine’s Renewal Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld., June 3-9.

Peace=unity

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SASKATOON - Peace equals unity and unity is the whole point of the ecumenical movement. That’s the logic behind this year’s summer ecumenical institute mounted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Summer institute

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OTTAWA - Whether you sing in the choir, teach children catechism, lead an Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults class or co-ordinate readers for Sunday Mass, the Saint Paul University summer institutes in pastoral liturgy and religious education will give you a chance to do it better.

Nouwen writings subject of reflection

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TORONTO - L’Arche Toronto is holding a reflection series based on the writings of the late Henri Nouwen. Seeds of Hope will be held at The Gathering Place on May 26. The reflection series is based on the former L’Arche Daybreak pastor Nouwen’s writings. The topic  is “Human Vulnerability and Spiritual Growth.”

Church fight against poverty overlooked

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TORONTO - The success of churches and faith-based organizations in providing disaster relief and fighting world poverty is one of “the greatest overlooked stories of our time,” said veteran journalist Brian Stewart.