Canada’s commitment to take in 20,000 new Afghan refugees looks pretty generous compared to Great Britain’s (population 66 million) pledge to take in 20,000 over five years or the United States’ (population 328 million) promise to welcome 30,000. But what happens to them once they get here?

Faith groups have long list of concerns for leader election debates

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OTTAWA -- True and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians, a “just” economic recovery from COVID, action to address climate change and a country that welcomes refugees and immigrants are among the issues that Catholic and faith-based organizations want Canada’s federal party leaders to address in debates before the Sept. 20 national election.

Assembly of First Nations leader will not meet Pope Francis at Vatican

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The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will not meet with the Pope when a meeting scheduled for December between Pope Francis and Canadian Indigenous leaders will be held, and it’s still not certain if any AFN leaders will attend.

Bishops support Season of Creation

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The Season of Creation, on Sept. 1 through to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 4, has the wholehearted support of Canada’s bishops, said Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops spokesperson Lisa Gall.

Activists looking for pro-life voices

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OTTAWA -- Pro-life activists say Canada needs more people willing to stand up for life in the corridors of power as Canada’s mainstream political parties continue to squeeze pro-life voices out of the public arena

Mother seeks assisted death for four-year-old child

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OTTAWA -- The “slippery slope” critics of the medical assistance in dying (MAiD) system have been warning about may be ready to tilt once more as a Quebec mother seeks an assisted death for her four-year-old child.

COVID cancels Toronto archdiocese debate

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In a quick, COVID-constrained, snap federal election, the Archdiocese of Toronto has decided against trying to stage the kind of big, public, regional all-candidates event that was a highlight of the 2019 election campaign.

St. Mike’s campus minister to focus on inclusivity

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As fully vaccinated, real-life students abandon their Zoom classrooms and filter back onto the University of St. Michael’s College campus, a new campus minister will be ready to provide face-to-face encounters of the spiritual kind.

Catholics challenged to take politics seriously

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Canadians have a lot to think about before the Sept. 20 election. But for Catholics, it’s getting harder to be political and to contribute to public debate, says the author of a brand-new book about faith and politics in Canada.

First Nations, Catholics unite to seek truth

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VANCOUVER -- The personal accounts of residential school survivors will be a key part of an investigation into the former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School.

Afghanistan: Sponsors ready for refugees

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Catholic refugee sponsors are ready and eager to help Ottawa resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees, but three weeks after the federal government announced the new refugee resettlement target the sponsors are still waiting to learn when, how and how many refugees they can welcome.