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Bill C-230, the private members’ bill aimed at safeguarding medical professionals’ conscience rights, underwent its second hour of oral debate on Sept. 29, six months after parliamentarians first exchanged views over the proposed legislation.

MAiD expansion takes us to a ‘dark place’

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The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has launched a campaign to stop a federal government plan that would allow Canadians with mental illness as their sole issue to seek death through Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD).

Lack of campus debate a ‘scandal’: Catholic academic

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The lack of intellectual debate on university campuses is “a scandal” that threatens the very soul of universities, a Catholic academic told a Vancouver audience.

Parish steps up in Fiona’s aftermath

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Following the devastation of post-tropical storm Fiona, Catholics in Sydney Mines, N.S. — with the support of the community — have delivered a case study in what can be accomplished when faith is put into action.

As Kenya's government lifts ban on GMOs, some bishops express reservations

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As Kenya lifted a ban on the open cultivation of genetically modified crops, some Catholic bishops expressed reservations about the technology, citing ethical concerns about the farming and consumption of the foods.

Reconciliation begins with truth, Cardinal tells Orange Shirt Day Mass

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Celebrating Orange Shirt Day in one of Canada’s most splendid cathedrals on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation must be done with contrition and commitment to truth, Toronto Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins told an early morning crowd at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica Sept. 30.

St. Monica Institute brings faith to a practical world

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The Toronto archdiocese’s St. Monica Institute opened its doors Sept. 24 although Executive Director Matthew Marquardt acknowledges that technically it doesn’t yet have any doors to open.

Study finds school uniforms are toxic

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Runaway autism, high rates of obesity, the asthma epidemic and other unknown health effects in children are being helped along by the chemistry that goes into modern school uniforms, a new study from University of Toronto and Notre Dame University scientists has found.

Newfoundland Catholics bid farewell to parishes

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As the reality of losing their parishes comes to fruition, Catholics in Newfoundland are feeling a wide array of emotions.

Relations with Indigenous Canadians a top priority for Canada's bishops

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At their first in-person meetings in three years, Canada’s bishops spoke about concrete steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous Canadians — concrete steps that include an $18.6 million bill for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit in July, continued efforts to raise $30 million over the next five years, easier access for residential school survivors and their families to diocesan archives across the country and forging personal relationships between bishops and Indigenous leaders.

50 years since martial law in Philippines

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Church leaders gathered Sept. 21 on the 50th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in the Philippines, solemnly recalling the priests, pastors, religious and laity who were tortured and killed during the brutal regime of President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

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