homelessTORONTO - Putting a person in jail for being sick might sound extreme, barbarous and unreasonable, but 40 per cent of the inmates in Canada’s prison systems suffer mental illness. AND Approximately 35 per cent of the homeless suffer serious forms of mental illness. Philosopher and bioethicist Barry Brown argues that society should do more for the mentally ill than tossing them in jail or out on the street.

Opponents appeal Three Parents case to Supreme Court

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OTTAWA - The Alliance for Marriage and Family filed an application Mar. 5 to appeal the so-called Three Parents Case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

St. Paul’s bishop gives organizations three years to stop raising funds by games of chance

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ST. PAUL, Alta. - The choice of Catholic organizations to raise funds from gambling “is scandalous and compromises the religious identity of the institution or organization,” says the bishop of St. Paul.

Symposium prepares for Eucharistic Congress

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TORONTO - Leaders of Catholic lay movements in the archdiocese of Toronto will attend an annual symposium March 24.

Symposium prepares for Eucharistic Congress

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TORONTO - Leaders of Catholic lay movements in the archdiocese of Toronto will attend an annual symposium March 24.

Catholics honoured with Order of Canada

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OTTAWA - A pair of Catholics have made the grade as Canada’s governor general has announced 87 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

"Called by Name" creates vocation culture

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TORONTO - It’s hard to find a seat at the 7 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas chapel next door to the University of Toronto’s Newman Centre. That makes the students and young professionals who make up the bulk of the congregation ideal candidates for the annual Toronto archdiocesan-run vocations awareness program.

National Catholic Mission to air in late March

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TORONTO - Vision TV will broadcast this year’s National Catholic Mission, two talks from renowned speaker and best-selling author Matthew Kelly, March 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. (E.T.)

Book of Revelation offers hope, says Collins

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WATERLOO, Ont.  - The Book of Revelation is not meant to be used “like an Ouija board” to predict the end of the world, says Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins. Rather this last book of the Bible is meant to offer hope and courage for Christians living in difficult times.

Church at odds with rights revolution as charter turns 25

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MONTREAL - Catholics played a key role in the development of  Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet increasingly the Catholic Church is seen at odds with the so-called rights revolution that in 2005 brought the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Married priest ordained in NWT

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Don FlumerfeltYellowknife, NT - Hundreds of parishioners packed St. Patrick’s Church in Yellowknife, NWT, on Feb. 18 to see Don Flumerfelt ordained as the first Catholic priest married with children in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese.