{mosimage}TORONTO - Sometimes religious people are the biggest reason why their opinions get short shrift in public debates on controversial issues, says Preston Manning, an Evangelical Christian and former leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

Collins to be OCCB liaison with biblical association

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TORONTO - Scripture scholar Archbishop Thomas Collins is taking on a new role as liaison between the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada.

Six called to serve God’s people

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Six men were ordained to the priesthood at St. Michael’s Cathedral May 12 for service in the archdiocese of Toronto.

Toronto CWL aims to bring prayer back into schools

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The Toronto archdiocesan council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada passed a resolution calling for the restoration of prayer in all schools at its 86th annual convention held May 8 and 9.

Fund launched for accident victim’s family

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. —  A fund has been created to help the family of John Pham, the 10-year-old St. Alfred School student who was killed in a school bus accident on April 11. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board started the John Pham Memorial Fund to assist in covering funeral costs and getting the family back on its feet.

CLC leader to speak at Our Lady of Lourdes

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TORONTO — The sodalities of Our Lady which Jesuits earnestly planted in parishes and Catholic schools all around the world never died. The sodalities had dominated 19th- and early 20th-century Catholic piety. They re-emerged in 1953 as the Christian Life Community, or CLC.

Wal-Mart on board with workers’ rights groups

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{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.