TORONTO - After months of preparation, the archdiocese of Toronto’s new, improved and user-friendly web site — www.archtoronto.org — is available for use to the public.

Congress aims to restore memories of Christian roots

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Cardinal Marc OuelletCORNWALL, Ont. - The primate of the Catholic Church in Canada has released the foundational theological document for the 2008 Eucharistic Congress, saying its “message brings as a main concern the memory of our Christian roots.”

Maria Komisar ever the optimist even at 100

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Maria KomisarTORONTO - A handful of women huddled together after , whispering: “she looks so good for her age.”

Dolled up in a black jumper and a matching pearl necklace and earring set with barely a wrinkle on her face, Maria Komisar celebrated her 100th birthday on Oct. 17 with 85 seniors who offered Mass for her special day.

Religious perspective missing from political sphere: Manning

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Preston ManningWINDSOR, Ont.  - Former Reform Party and federal Opposition Leader Preston Manning says people of faith need, as Jesus said, to be as “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” in bringing religious perspectives to the political arena.

Clergy abuse raised at bishops’ plenary

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CORNWALL, Ont. - Clerical sexual abuse remained a hot topic for Canada’s Catholic bishops as they gathered for their annual plenary in Cornwall Oct. 16-21.

Canada must accept 'responsibility to protect' in Darfur

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TORONTO - Canada can and should use its military to ensure the safety of civilian refugees in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region before a Dec. 31 deadline could see African peacekeepers removed from the area, according to Canada’s largest churches.

N.S. Sunday shopping ban overturned

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TRURO, N.S. - Nova Scotians now have the option to shop on Sundays as of Thanksgiving weekend.

Sr. Moran invested into the Order of Canada

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OTTAWA - At a ceremony at Rideau Hall Oct. 6, Sr. Susan Moran became a Member of the Order of Canada for her work among the homeless and disenfranchised in the Toronto area.

“I’m here because of all the beautiful, suffering people who are now my sisters and brothers,” Moran said in an interview following the ceremony. “It is through them that I’ve learned such love and compassion.” 

Sinfulness can lead to culture of blame

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Pope Benedict IIVATICAN CITY - When individuals lose sight of their own sinfulness, it is impossible to promote real reconciliation and establish true justice in society, Pope Benedict XVI told bishops from Western Canada.

Homeless an election issue

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TORONTO - As Toronto's homeless face another winter on the streets and in the shelters, their fate is again an election issue.

Slovak cathedral loses its status

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Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Unionville, OntarioTORONTO - One of Canada's most architecturally impressive and ambitious cathedrals is no longer a cathedral. Eparch John Pazak, spiritual head of Byzantine rite Slovak Catholics in Canada, has removed the blessed sacrament and the antimension, or altar stone, from the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, a giant gold-domed church on the edge of Unionville, north of Toronto.