{mosimage}MONTREAL - A man with a history of psychological problems is being held in the brutal beating death of an 80-year-old Montreal nun.

Sullivan appointed to Pontifical Academy for Life

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Toronto’s Dr. Bill Sullivan, the founding executive director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and president of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Markham woman jailed over fake church receipts

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{mosimage}TORONTO - A Markham tax preparer who provided clients with bogus receipts for donations to Catholic parishes in the archdiocese of Toronto has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Fr. Colleton would do it all again

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Some call him Ireland’s Missionary to Canada. Others have dubbed him the “Lion.” He is known for his missionary work, sense of justice and relentless advocacy for the rights of the unborn, and now, Fr. Edward (Ted) Colleton, CSSp, has announced his plans to retire and return to Ireland after 67 years in the priesthood.

Is gossip a sin?

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{mosimage}From cell phone conversations about what the boss may have told a colleague about his boss, to an Internet blog reporting what insiders are saying about a movie still in production, and TV shows filled with breathless revelations about celebrity marriages and sports pages filled with whispers about athletes at loggerheads with teammates and coaches, Canadians are daily floating in a sea of gossip.

Busy retirement awaits Ustrzycki

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{mosimage}HAMILTON, Ont. - Matthew Francis Ustrzycki says there was basically one reason he decided to become a priest and go on to serve in that vocation for 48 years, including 22 as auxiliary bishop of Hamilton diocese: “I guess I fell in love with Jesus.”

Dufferin-Peel board tees up for kids

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{mosimage}MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The golfers spent six hours slapping a ball with a stick on a steamy July 9 to raise $92,000 in the annual Classic Golf Tournament sponsored by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. The money will help send up to 900 seven-to-13-year-old boys to summer camp.

Canadian Catholic peace movement expands

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{mosimage}The moment for Canada to beat its own swords into ploughshares, to transform its own spears into pruning hooks and to work so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation may have finally arrived with the defection of a former chair of Amnesty International into Canada’s nascent Catholic peace camp.

Sainthood cause started for Canadian nun

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TORONTO - In July 1964, young Carmelina Tarantino arrived in Toronto from Liveri, Italy, seeking medical treatment for an aggressive form of cancer. When she was permanently admitted to Toronto’s Riverdale Hospital in 1969, her prognosis was grim: she was expected to live six months. Eight years later, Carmelina made her profession of faith and became Sr. Carmelina of the Passionist Sisters of the Cross.

Most Canadians believe God guided evolution: poll

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - A recent Canadian Press-Decima Research Poll shows Canadians are divided on the role God played — or did not play — in the creation of humans. But that does not mean the evolution vs. creationism controversy raging in the United States will come to Canada.

WYD 2002: A look back

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John Paul II was a bridge to young people


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I will never forget the scenes in Rome surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005. More than half the crowd of four million-plus people that descended upon Rome were young people from every part of the world. Such a thing would have been unthinkable 25 years ago.