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.

Toronto interfaith council launched

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TORONTO - From Anglican to Zoroastrian, 45 faith communities came together to put the stamp of faith on Toronto’s immense diversity at the inaugural breakfast meeting of the Toronto Area Interfaith Council March 20.

Catholics honoured with Order of Canada

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OTTAWA - A pair of Catholics have made the grade as Canada’s governor general has announced 87 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

Symposium prepares for Eucharistic Congress

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TORONTO - Leaders of Catholic lay movements in the archdiocese of Toronto will attend an annual symposium March 24.

Violence against women out of control

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TORONTO - Rape as a weapon of war, rape in the form of the globalized sex trade, rape among school children, rape as the means of transmitting HIV, rape inside marriage — former United Nations special ambassador Stephen Lewis urged Catholic teachers to think about how rape is defining the world we live in and the future we face.

Canadian Pax Christi moves a step closer

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PaxChristiThe movement to establish a branch of Pax Christi in Canada takes a step forward in April when the international movement’s secretary general will propose that Catholics For Peace, Toronto and a similar group in Montreal become affiliate members of the Brussels-based network.

More than 1,300 celebrate Toronto’s ordinandi

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TORONTO - Any time you want to talk about religious vocations, just call Archbishop Thomas Collins. His phone number is (416) 934-0606.

Marie Deans chosen to lead Pontifical Missions Societies

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TORONTO - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of People has appointed Toronto's Marie Deans as the next national director of the Canadian English sector of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

ShareLife begins campaign to raise $14 million

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TORONTO - This year’s ShareLife campaign to “recognize, reflect and respond” is now underway.

Mentally ill have too much autonomy for their own good, says professor

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homelessTORONTO - Putting a person in jail for being sick might sound extreme, barbarous and unreasonable, but 40 per cent of the inmates in Canada’s prison systems suffer mental illness. AND Approximately 35 per cent of the homeless suffer serious forms of mental illness. Philosopher and bioethicist Barry Brown argues that society should do more for the mentally ill than tossing them in jail or out on the street.