Attuned to Saskatchewan Catholics’ desire to offer comfort and friendship to James Smith Cree Nation in the aftermath of the heart-breaking stabbing spree on Sept. 4, religious leaders sought to identify potential pathways of support.

Pregnancy centres under legislative threat

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A bullet point on page four of the Liberal Party of Canada’s 2021 election platform “Forward. For Everyone.” conveyed the party’s intention to strip pro-life non-profits of their charity status.

Schools counter COVID mental health impacts

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In mid-August, Lifeworks, a human resources and technology company focused on developing positive wellbeing solutions, revealed in its monthly Mental Health Index that 56 per cent of Canadians notice their children are still being harmed by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Putting a CAPP on rising polarization

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Canadians are getting in on a 30-year-old Vatican project to recast our thinking, our politics and our way of life. On a Sept. 17 Zoom call, a small group will launch the Canadian chapter of Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice, a lay-led organization created by St. Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.

Canada’s bishops eager to engage Reconciliation Council

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Canada’s bishops want to engage with a new National Council for Reconciliation that Ottawa lawmakers plan to set up this fall.

Sr. Ellen Leonard saw new ways of Catholic understanding

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Sr. Ellen Leonard was never satisfied doing the easy stuff. She was one of the first women to do a PhD in systematic theology, one of the first to teach theology to graduate students and she never shied away from controversies over feminist and ecological issues in the Church.

Statue embodies vitality of small town faith

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A striking bronze statue commemorating St. Francis Xavier has been placed on a plinth in front of St. Francis Xavier Church in Tottenham, Ont., signalling post-COVID re-opening to faith.

Till debt do us remain apart

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Marriage in Canada has become the preserve of the middle aged and older. The latest Statistics Canada numbers from the 2021 census show that fewer than one in five Canadians in their 20s are married.

September’s transit points to Creation’s glory

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The month-long Season of Creation launched quietly across Canada on the World Day of Prayer for Creation, Sept. 1.

Visa CEO remains on Catholic board amid controversy

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A New York Catholic corporate titan who is mired in the legal scandals of a Canadian porn merchant turns out to also be one of the poster boys for the Vatican’s latest social justice adventure.

Avalanche of activity as St. Peter’s meets Lord Stanley

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Arguably the greatest trophy in all of pro sports paid a visit to St. Peter’s Church in Woodbridge, Ont., in late August.