{mosimage}TORONTO - Does Christianity have anything important to say about the growth of our complex, diverse, chaotic cities? John Bentley Mays thinks the answer is yes and he will explain why in the seventh annual Henry Somerville Lecture on Christianity and Culture.

Married couples on the decline

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - The latest Statistics Canada’s Census 2006 report, Family Portrait, released Sept. 12, shows troubling trends that spell bad news for the future well-being of society, say pro-family groups.

Army of Mary excommunicated

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Catholic Church has excommunicated the Quebec-based Army of Mary movement that bases its teachings on the mystical visions of an 86-year- old woman who claims to be a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary.

Age of consent bill dies

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Groups that have fought for years to raise the age of consent to sexual activity raised from 14 to 16 are going to have to start all over again.

St. Matthew’s teacher mines Pan Am silver

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{mosimage}TORONTO - St. Matthew Catholic School teacher Kateri Vrakking won a silver medal in archery this past summer at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

St. Francis Table offers dignity for 20 years

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Parkdale isn’t what it used to be. There are condos going up, gourmet restaurants offering Food Channel cuisine, artists and entrepreneurs sharing the sidewalk with the homeless, ex-psychiatric patients and the chronically unemployed.

New religious order opens Toronto chapter

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{mosimage}TORONTO - A new religious order has joined the archdiocese of Toronto.

Three Sisters of Life arrived Aug. 27 to open the order’s first Canadian chapter.

Struggling with the trust factor

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{mosimage}It may well be a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved. If so, is it a greater heartbreak to watch trust evaporate?

Bishop Clune fondly remembered

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{mosimage}Retired Toronto Auxiliary Bishop Robert Clune, who died Sept. 6, shared the joys of his journey of faith with all he met, a nearly packed St. Michael’s Cathedral was told at his funeral Mass the following week.

100 years of praying for Christian unity

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Anyone who thought a look back at 20th-century history through the eyes of prayer would be comforting, uplifting or anodyne might want to begin with the 1919 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Families challenged to create future saints

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - “Families, where are the saints of the third millennium?”

That question forms the title of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family’s (COLF) annual message to families for 2007, challenging families to pass the faith on to the next generation.