This past Easter Sunday, Fr. Harrison Ayre remembers walking back into St. Peter’s in Nanaimo, B.C., just to gather himself after celebrating the most stressful Mass of his life. Then, just as he sat down in a pew, he heard a bang.

Police seize large stock of altar wine in Quebec claiming violation of import laws

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QUEBEC CITY -- Police have seized large quantities of altar wine in the province of Quebec, creating a situation where buying a bottle is nearly impossible.

Legal tussle over termination of federation agreement looms at Laurentian University

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The University of Sudbury has turned to the courts to put a stop to Laurentian University’s rapid dissolution of its founding agreements with three church-affiliated universities — the University of Sudbury (Jesuit), Thorneloe University (Anglican) and Huntington University (United Church).

Catholic Conscience gets set for federal election

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Right out of the gate, when Pope Francis was elected in 2013, he declared, “A good Catholic meddles in politics.” Eight years on, the young, non-partisan organization Catholic Conscience is ramping up its meddling to encompass all of Canada.

Fire claims Attawapiskat church

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Another church in a First Nations community has been destroyed by fire.

Supreme Court deals final blow to hospice society

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VANCOUVER -- Delta Hospice Society has lost its final legal opportunity to prevent a takeover of its board by euthanasia advocates.

Court upholds most of Quebec’s secularism bill

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OTTAWA -- An effort to have the courts overturn Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 has failed, even though a provincial court did rule that some aspects of the law that infringe on language rights must be scrapped by the government.

Budget 2021: Good or bad? Time will tell

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OTTAWA -- Billions of dollars will be poured into some of the key priorities of faith and social justice groups as the federal government has opened the spending taps in its budget unveiled April 19.

Taking science back from the culture wars

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In the COVID era, there’s no news like science news — the fastest vaccine development in human history has been news all year.

Tastes of Heaven goes virtual, and national

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The annual Tastes of Heaven gala fundraiser for Catholic Missions In Canada was not staged in 2020, one of the long list of victims of the COVID-19 virus, but the keystone event returns April 29 in a virtual realm.

Surviving Mount Cashel: Finding the strength to overcome abuse horror

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Jane Doe never attended Mount Cashel Orphanage, but she knows the second-hand impact all too well.