{mosimage}The 21 churches which collectively represent more than 80 per cent of Canada's Christians have unanimously called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to define and implement a poverty reduction strategy for Canada within the next budget year.

A helping hand across cultures

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Finding meaningful work has been the challenge for Jhansi and Raghu Paladugu since they moved from Hyderabad in southern India to Canada a little over a year ago.

Bishops’ silence on Afghan war ‘a scandal’

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Canada’s Catholic bishops are failing to lead as the nation’s troops are drawn ever deeper into a civil war in Afghanistan, KAIROS board chair Fr. Paul Hansen told The Catholic Register.

New Nelson bishop a man of service

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Pope Benedict XVI has chosen a new bishop for the Nelson diocese who finds as much joy waiting on tables in a restaurant for the poor as he did serving at the highest levels of his Capuchin religious order.

Ouellet holds out hope Pope will attend congress

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Cardinal Marc Ouellet returned to Canada from Rome Nov. 29 with no final answer on whether Pope Benedict XVI will attend the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress next June in Quebec City.

Toronto's Parkdale food bank saved

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{mosimage}TORONTO - St. Philip's Centre is well on its way to another 20 years of serving the poor in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood, avoiding near bankruptcy and eviction just before Christmas.

Basilians reach into cyberspace

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The Basilian Fathers recently introduced podcasts to their web site.

Using the power of podcasting, the Basilians have expanded their teachings to include listeners from around the world.

Campaign launched to aid and abet refugees

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Refugee rights advocates launched a campaign Nov. 29 to ensure that humanitarian workers do not get charged with laws aimed at human traffickers.

“I am proud to aid and abet refugees,” said refugee advocates from charities and NGOs from across Canada. They stood, one by one. Then nearly all of the more than 300 delegates to the The Canadian Council for Refugees fall consultation in Ottawa were standing.

African Mass on the move

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The African Catholic community has re-located to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Support program a relief for caregivers

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Elizabeth Diachun wanted to rest assured that her husband Jerry, who has Alzheimer’s, wasn’t going to wander off and hurt himself so she called on a respite worker from Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

Ouellet apology step in 'a journey of dialogue’

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s apology to Quebeckers for the past sins of some Catholics in that province has provoked an unprecedented response — positive and negative — across the country.