OTTAWA -- The “slippery slope” critics of the medical assistance in dying (MAiD) system have been warning about may be ready to tilt once more as a Quebec mother seeks an assisted death for her four-year-old child.

COVID cancels Toronto archdiocese debate

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In a quick, COVID-constrained, snap federal election, the Archdiocese of Toronto has decided against trying to stage the kind of big, public, regional all-candidates event that was a highlight of the 2019 election campaign.

St. Mike’s campus minister to focus on inclusivity

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As fully vaccinated, real-life students abandon their Zoom classrooms and filter back onto the University of St. Michael’s College campus, a new campus minister will be ready to provide face-to-face encounters of the spiritual kind.

Catholics challenged to take politics seriously

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Canadians have a lot to think about before the Sept. 20 election. But for Catholics, it’s getting harder to be political and to contribute to public debate, says the author of a brand-new book about faith and politics in Canada.

First Nations, Catholics unite to seek truth

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VANCOUVER -- The personal accounts of residential school survivors will be a key part of an investigation into the former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School.

Afghanistan: Sponsors ready for refugees

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Catholic refugee sponsors are ready and eager to help Ottawa resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees, but three weeks after the federal government announced the new refugee resettlement target the sponsors are still waiting to learn when, how and how many refugees they can welcome.

Catholics assess Canada's snap election

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Although three in five Canadians felt having a federal election this fall was not important to them, the country is headed to its second general election in less than two years.

St. Francis Table doors to open again Sept. 1

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Dollar-a-meal lunches and suppers are back on at St. Francis Table in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood come Sept. 1, when there will be fully vaccinated cooks and wait staff ready to serve up meals to sit-down customers inside the restaurant.

Bears, fire no deterrent to priest's charity ride

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Fr. Ivan Nachachewsky is taking some vacation time this month, well-earned after completing a gruelling 2,000-kilometre bike ride to raise money for wheelchairs to those in need in Ukraine.

Federal housing funding a start, ‘but not enough’

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Another $132 million from Ottawa is going to mean 233 more affordable and supportive homes in Toronto in 2022. At The Good Shepherd shelter and services to the homeless on Queen Street East, any new housing is welcome. But 233 units hardly begins to house the homeless lined up for a bed at The Good Shepherd.

God, genetics push life journey to 106 years

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When Ann Konkel stepped into the chapel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton for a Mass commemorating her 106th birthday this summer, she was moved to tears. Due to COVID-19 it was the first time she had attended a church service in over a year.