Joining China, North Korea and other authoritarian regimes on the religious freedom watch list is… Canada, or at least it should be included, according to Ohio Republican lawmakers.

Papal apology expected at former residential school July 25

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If Pope Francis is going to broaden or deepen the apology he offered April 1 in Rome, then it’s going to happen at Maskwacis, 70 kilometres south of Edmonton, site of one of the largest Indian residential schools in Canada.

Vancouver Archdiocese, pride society resolve human rights case

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One year ago, the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the White Rock Pride Society were at loggerheads, waiting for a hearing before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal as adversaries in a dispute over a church hall rental that pitted religious rights against the human rights code’s anti-discrimination clause.

First Nations group offers draft for papal apology

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A First Nations group of residential school survivors has publicly put forward specific wording for a papal apology widely expected in Canada in July.  

Toronto Cardinal Collins honoured for fatherly care of refugees

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Honouring Toronto’s Cardinal Thomas Collins for the thousands of refugees he has brought to Canada came quite naturally to the community at the Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.

Novalis creating a papal trip prayer book

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Novalis is composing a digital edition of Living With Christ in time for Pope Francis’ July 24-29 trip to Canada. 

Itinerary released for Pope Francis' visit to Canada

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Pope Francis’ commitment to Indigenous people to visit Canada “where I will be able better to express to you my closeness” now has the concrete form of an official itinerary.

Quebec class-action suits could spread, lawyer says

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In the past two months, courts gave the go-ahead for class-action lawsuits involving 100 plaintiffs alleging sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Quebec and the Diocese of St. Hyacinthe near Montreal.

Historic St. John’s basilica saved in auction

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The iconic Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s, Nfld., is poised to remain a sacred place of worship for Catholics for years to come.

Faith numbers troubling, yet encouraging

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Compelling new research out of Cardus and the Angus Reid Institute should encourage Canadian religious leaders to take a deeper look at why some people remain religiously faithful and why others do not, says Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett.

Irish famine changed Toronto forever

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When the migrant ships loaded with thousands fleeing Ireland’s Great Famine set sail in 1847, little was it known how this great migration would change — and continue to change — the face of a small town in the interior of a land an ocean away.