{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has raised alarms about the growing number of displaced persons needing assistance, especially in Iraq and Sudan.

New archdiocese of Toronto clergy appointments

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{mosimage}Editor’s note: Below is the annual list of clergy appointments in the archdiocese of Toronto. The appointments are to effective June 27 unless otherwise indicated. It is listed by priest and the parish he will serve, as well as the municipality (parish is in Toronto if not indicated).

Canada, G8 nations fail Africans, says Jesuit

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Neither Canada nor the G8 nations are living up to their obligations to Africa when it comes to fighting AIDS or alleviating poverty, the Canadian director of the African Jesuit AIDS Network told The Catholic Register at the conclusion of the latest G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

Peace garden redesign draws anger

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{mosimage}TORONTO – Setsuko Thurlow claims she has personally been “deceived and betrayed” and Toronto has dishonoured commitments it made to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 23 years ago.

Pope makes flurry of episcopal appointments

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - On June 1, Pope Benedict XVI made three Episcopal appointments in Canada and accepted two resignations, close on the heels of recent appointments to Ottawa, Edmonton and Saint John, N.B.

We can find joy in suffering

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KING CITY, Ont. - With tambourines, shakers and streamers in hand 200 women opened the first World Day of Prayer International Committee meeting to be held in Canada with an ecumenical prayer service.

House of faith sharing, refugee support

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{mosimage}TORONTO - When Tembeka Ndlovu came to Canada from Zimbabwe in 2005, she sought refuge and a good home for herself and her son, Andile. She found that at Toronto’s Romero House , where she and Andile lived for a little more than a year.

St. FX professor accuses school of ‘Islamophobia’

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{mosimage}The St. Francis Xavier University political science professor who made headlines in 2006 by attending an Iranian conference on the Holocaust along with leading Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis has accused Antigonish’s Bishop Raymond Lahey and St. Francis Xavier University of being the “distilled voice of Canadian Islamophobia” in an essay published in the Literary Review of Canada.

Pro-life doctors fight for conscience rights

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Should doctors who object to abortion on religious or conscience grounds be forced to refer patients seeking to terminate their pregnancies? Should abortion be a required procedure for all medical students?

Women’s ordinations not connected to church

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TORONTO - The Roman Catholic Church in Toronto says an ordination ceremony held May 27 by a group that calls itself “Roman Catholic Womenpriests” has “no connection whatsoever to the Roman Catholic Church.”

Mandatory sentences not an answer

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{mosimage}TORONTO - As two 17-year-old boys prepare to face a judge over the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Manners in a Toronto school hallway, the ecumenical Church Council on Justice and Corrections continues its fight against mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.