{mosimage}OTTAWA - Despite concerns, eight Northern Catholic bishops have decided to participate in a national awareness campaign in advance of public hearings on Indian residential schools.

Candid talk for Christians, Jews

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The people in the pews of both churches and synagogues are being invited to dig into the really meaty issues of Christian-Jewish dialogue at a series of six events in churches and synagogues around Toronto.

Calgary bishop offers to settle publishing dispute

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Calgary Bishop Fred Henry would like to see Imam Syed Soharwardy and former publisher Ezra Levant settle their feud so they can work together to stop the abuses of human rights commissions.

Few parishes use lay pastoral associates

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Lay pastoral associates have been active in the archdiocese of Toronto for more than 20 years, but today the position has reached a plateau.

Safe Third Country agreement still in force

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{mosimage}The deal between Canada and the United States which forces refugees to apply for refugee status in the first country they land will remain in force while the federal government appeals a Federal Court ruling that the agreement is illegal.

KAIROS urges church's to invest for peace

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{mosimage}TORONTO - The ecumenical social justice organization KAIROS is urging churches to use their investment portfolios to encourage peace between Israel and Palestine.

Ouellet to serve as secretary for bishops' synod

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OTTAWA - Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet has already begun his new assignment guiding next fall’s Synod of Bishops at the same time preparations move into high gear for the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress June 15-22.

Cardinal's Dinner funds disbursed

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{mosimage}Editor’s note: following are the recipients of the proceeds from the 2007 Cardinal’s Dinner held in October in Toronto and the amount disbursed to each organization. A total of $145,500 was disbursed.

Archbishop hosts business breakfast

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TORONTO - Toronto’s archbishop is inviting members of the business community to join him for a Lenten Mass and breakfast on Feb. 20.

KAIROS forum puts faith in action

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{mosimage}TORONTO - In theory all faiths share a commitment to the poor. The ecumenical Christian social justice coalition KAIROS will test out that theory at a meeting for representatives from all faiths to talk about ways of reducing poverty rates in Toronto.

Targets sought for poverty reduction

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Politics and poverty are about to find themselves on the same stage in Ontario and nationally.

“The issue is back on the table,” said Michael Polyani, KAIROS’ Canadian social development expert.