OTTAWA - A pair of Catholics have made the grade as Canada’s governor general has announced 87 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

"Called by Name" creates vocation culture

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TORONTO - It’s hard to find a seat at the 7 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas chapel next door to the University of Toronto’s Newman Centre. That makes the students and young professionals who make up the bulk of the congregation ideal candidates for the annual Toronto archdiocesan-run vocations awareness program.

National Catholic Mission to air in late March

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TORONTO - Vision TV will broadcast this year’s National Catholic Mission, two talks from renowned speaker and best-selling author Matthew Kelly, March 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. (E.T.)

Book of Revelation offers hope, says Collins

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WATERLOO, Ont.  - The Book of Revelation is not meant to be used “like an Ouija board” to predict the end of the world, says Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins. Rather this last book of the Bible is meant to offer hope and courage for Christians living in difficult times.

Church at odds with rights revolution as charter turns 25

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MONTREAL - Catholics played a key role in the development of  Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet increasingly the Catholic Church is seen at odds with the so-called rights revolution that in 2005 brought the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Married priest ordained in NWT

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Don FlumerfeltYellowknife, NT - Hundreds of parishioners packed St. Patrick’s Church in Yellowknife, NWT, on Feb. 18 to see Don Flumerfelt ordained as the first Catholic priest married with children in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese.

Movie review: A prisoner of his own mind

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breach2The worst thing you can say about a religion is that it is a self-imposed prison of the mind — an identity of limits that deforms the human soul.

Safe Third Country Agreement under fire

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cross_tortureTORONTO - A man known to the courts only as John Doe is sitting in a jail in Nebraska waiting for a decision from a Canadian judge. He’s a Colombian in the United States because the rebel FARC army has shot at his family and threatened his life, but he is barred from applying for asylum because he has been in the United States for more than a year.

Jesuits host dinner

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TORONTO — Toronto-area Catholics will have a chance to dine for the future of the Jesuit order, and honour Jesuits’ living history, on April 11.

World Social Forum reviewed

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TORONTO — Just which other world is possible will be the subject when Prof. Janet Conway reviews the World Social Forum at the Scarboro Foreign Missions headquarters, 2685 Kingston Rd., March 10, beginning at 10 a.m.

Collins opens lecture series

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TORONTO - Toronto’s new archbishop will have something to say about what Canadian mining companies are doing to the environment and to local populations around the world in the kickoff for St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church’s lecture series, “Stewardship of the Earth, Calling the Mining Industry to Account.”