MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - After more than an hour of mainline Protestant and Catholic consternation and deep thinking over the declining influence of Christians in Canada’s political life, Jeremy Bell had had enough.

‘I think there is a great future for religion’

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{mosimage}WINDSOR, Ont. - Despite numerous predictions of its demise, religion is very much a part of the world, and perhaps more alive and vital now than it has ever been, speakers told delegates at a conference at Assumption University here May 16-18.

Archdiocese of Toronto Archives develops heritage program

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The archdiocese of Toronto has approved a new cultural heritage program, one of the first of its kind in North America.

Gervais oversaw demographic change

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Since he arrived in 1989, Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais has done a deft job of maintaining unity in the bilingual diocese covering Canada’s capital where national concerns like same-sex marriage become a unique challenge.

Providence Healthcare still caring 150 years later

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The next 150 years probably won’t be like the last 150, but Providence Healthcare wants some things to remain the same.

“We would love to be able to provide compassionate, quality care for the next 150 years,” said Providence Health Care spokeswoman Rosemary MacGilchrist.

Solidarity service will remember Holocaust, honour those who saved Jews

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TORONTO - At the 26th annual Toronto Christian Service in Memory of the Holocaust, survivor Ada Wynston will light the seventh and last candle.

Prendergast named archbishop of Ottawa

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{mosimage}One of Canada’s most outspoken Catholic bishops is going to the nation’s capital, where legislators, judges, policy makers and media will be counted among his flock.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., 63, to replace Archbishop Marcel Gervais as head of the archdiocese of Ottawa May 14. Prendergast will take possession of Ottawa’s cathedral in late June or early July. Gervais submitted his resignation when he turned 75 last September, as required by canon law.

7,000 March for Life

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Concern for human rights and the growing use of abortion for sex selection dominated the annual March for Life May 10.

Religious people in power often seen as too threatening

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Sometimes religious people are the biggest reason why their opinions get short shrift in public debates on controversial issues, says Preston Manning, an Evangelical Christian and former leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

Collins to be OCCB liaison with biblical association

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TORONTO - Scripture scholar Archbishop Thomas Collins is taking on a new role as liaison between the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada.

Six called to serve God’s people

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Six men were ordained to the priesthood at St. Michael’s Cathedral May 12 for service in the archdiocese of Toronto.