{mosimage}OTTAWA - Cardinal Marc Ouellet returned to Canada from Rome Nov. 29 with no final answer on whether Pope Benedict XVI will attend the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress next June in Quebec City.

Toronto's Parkdale food bank saved

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{mosimage}TORONTO - St. Philip's Centre is well on its way to another 20 years of serving the poor in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood, avoiding near bankruptcy and eviction just before Christmas.

Basilians reach into cyberspace

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The Basilian Fathers recently introduced podcasts to their web site.

Using the power of podcasting, the Basilians have expanded their teachings to include listeners from around the world.

Campaign launched to aid and abet refugees

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Refugee rights advocates launched a campaign Nov. 29 to ensure that humanitarian workers do not get charged with laws aimed at human traffickers.

“I am proud to aid and abet refugees,” said refugee advocates from charities and NGOs from across Canada. They stood, one by one. Then nearly all of the more than 300 delegates to the The Canadian Council for Refugees fall consultation in Ottawa were standing.

African Mass on the move

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The African Catholic community has re-located to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Support program a relief for caregivers

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Elizabeth Diachun wanted to rest assured that her husband Jerry, who has Alzheimer’s, wasn’t going to wander off and hurt himself so she called on a respite worker from Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

Ouellet apology step in 'a journey of dialogue’

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s apology to Quebeckers for the past sins of some Catholics in that province has provoked an unprecedented response — positive and negative — across the country.

Growing feminization of church a ‘source of hope’

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - When Reginald Bibby researched his book Fragmented Gods back in the 1980s, he recalls the hostility he encountered among some Catholic women who wanted more gender equality in the church.

Ajax heritage church sold to town

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AJAX, Ont. - The Town of Ajax is taking over the 136-year-old St. Frances de Sales Church and the parish has an extra $400,000 to put towards the debt on its new church a few blocks north of the old building.

Jesuits fund-raiser to honour 
members, laity at dinner

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{mosimage}TORONTO — Of course Jesuits need money, and they will be happy to accept yours. But the second annual Jesuit Provincial’s Dinner will be about much more than money.

Peace group seeks bishops’ statement on war

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{mosimage}TORONTO - It’s time for Canada’s Catholic bishops to state clearly what they think Canada should be doing in Afghanistan, according to a lay peace group which plans to petition the bishops for a statement before Christmas.