OTTAWA – For years, Fr. Vincent Pereira, an Ottawa priest and canon lawyer, mused about producing a Christmas CD, perhaps featuring one of his own musical compositions.

Students bring out the best in Scrooge tale

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It is the classic tale of redemption — Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Poverty reduction and action on climate change major items for 2018

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OTTAWA – While many positive steps have been taken on poverty-reduction and climate change, big gains on those fronts have yet to come, says the head of Citizens for Public Justice.

Archbishop Penney set up sex abuse inquiry

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The Canadian archbishop who three decades ago stood at ground zero of the global child sexual abuse scandals has died.

Council of Churches wins standing in court case

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The Canadian Council of Churches, Amnesty International and Canadian Council for Refugees are one step closer to arguing in court that Canada’s Safe Third Country agreement with the United States is illegal.

Edmonton City Hall scraps outdoor Nativity scene after 40 years

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EDMONTON – Faith leaders in Edmonton are disappointed that City Hall scrapped its outdoor Nativity scene after more than 40 years and replaced it with a smaller art display indoors.

Government denies summer job funding for pro-lifers

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OTTAWA – Catholic and other employers who refuse to endorse a woman’s right to abortion will be denied funding from a government program intended to create summer employment for youth, according to new guidelines.

Montreal sculptor keeps ancient craft of making wax figures of infant Jesus

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MONTREAL – For sculptor Sylvette Chanel, Advent is the busiest time of the year. She is among the few people left who keeps alive the ancient New France craft of making and repairing wax Jesus figures for Nativity scenes.

Refugee brings life experience to her new job leading the Canadian Council of Refugees

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The new president of the Canadian Council of Refugees knows what it’s like to be a refugee in Canada, because she’s living it right now.

Preparing for an ecological Christmas

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Come Christmas morning in churches around the world, Christians are told once again that “In the beginning was the Word.”

Aid to Church in Need helps Iraqi Christians return home

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MONTREAL – Now that the military in Iraq has declared ISIS defeated, about 30,000 Christians have returned to their villages in the Nineveh Plains with help from Aid to the Church in Need.