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.

Less whining, more action needed to open government ears to church views

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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.