Forgive Blaise Alleyne if he doesn’t quite agree with the provincial government that Ontario universities and colleges are paragons of free speech. The pro-life advocate has the scars to prove they aren’t all that tolerant to some speech.

Bishop ready for Saint John challenge

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OTTAWA -- When Bishop Christian Riesbeck arrives in New Brunswick in December to become the new bishop of the Diocese of Saint John, it won’t be with a set agenda.

Alberta conscience bill runs into opposition

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EDMONTON -- The head of the Alberta Medical Association is speaking out against a private member’s bill introduced Nov. 7 that would protect the conscience rights of medical professionals.

Decline in baptisms leads Church in Quebec to ponder new strategies

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QUEBEC CITY -- The great doorway to growing in the Christian faith is narrowing from year to year in Quebec as baptisms have significantly declined since 2012 and there’s no indication the trend will reverse.

Out of the Cold steps up security

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As another Out of the Cold season gets underway volunteers are worried about increased violence they face as they offer hot meals and a bed to people living on the street.

Amazon synod opens ‘a new chapter’

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OTTAWA -- Respect for the Earth and different cultures and Indigenous communities go hand-in-hand as the Catholic Church moves forward after an historic synod that focused on the Amazon region.

Nine priests identified in Archdiocese of Vancouver report on sexual abuse

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A groundbreaking report by an Archdiocese of Vancouver review committee on clerical sexual abuse has concluded that 26 sexual assaults of minors “likely occurred” in the diocese since 1950 and identifies nine priests who were criminally convicted, named in lawsuits or were the subject of other public cases.

Bill-21 facing increased opposition

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OTTAWA -- Opposition to Quebec’s controversial Bill-21 continues to grow, with Quebec teachers and the Ontario government being the latest groups to denounce what is being called a violation of fundamental rights. 

White Fathers at 150: Work of evangelization goes on

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When Bishop Albert Thévenot says of his Missionaries of Africa order that “we work ourselves out of a job” in their ministry, it seems odd. After all, the order known as the White Fathers has lived on for 150 years and continues to make its mark in the world today.

Red Wednesday puts spotlight on today’s martyrs

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On a night dedicated to modern martyrs, Cardinal Thomas Collins urged Christians to “thank God for the gift of martyrs” and to “imitate them.”

St. Francis Table escapes fire that engulfed Parkdale restaurant

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St. Francis Table in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood is shutting its doors for a few days following a three-alarm blaze that engulfed its neighbour early in the morning Nov. 19.