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VATICAN CITY -- Giving the Ratzinger prize to a philosopher from Canada and a Scripture scholar from Burkina Faso, Pope Francis said they demonstrate that "in the variety of cultures, diverse across time and space, one can and should always seek the way to God and the encounter with Christ."

Refugee advocates plead their case

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OTTAWA -- Canadian churches and refugee advocates want a federal court to declare an agreement with the United States null and void, saying it is putting refugees seeking asylum in Canada at risk because the U.S. is not a safe country for them.

A challenge to save Indigenous language

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A Catholic organization committed to improving relations between the Church and Canada’s Indigenous peoples has issued a challenge to Catholics to help revive Indigenous languages. 

Quebec City historian works to reconstruct the face of a Canadian saint

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QUEBEC CITY -- Philippe Roy-Lysencourt entered the clinic lab carrying a retro-looking cardboard box under his arm as if it were a football.

Priests would die rather than break seal of confession, says English Cardinal

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MANCHESTER -- Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal.

Toronto Catholic board votes to include gender terms

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The controversial gender debate at the Toronto Catholic District School Board came to end in the early morning hours of Nov. 8 with the board voting to include gender terms in its code of conduct.

Bike journey puts a focus on trafficking

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OTTAWA -- To take on the scourge of human trafficking you have to first recognize that it is happening here.

Catholic groups align to defend DACA Dreamers

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WASHINGTON -- Catholic leaders joined more than 35 other groups that have filed  briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA.

‘Hear the cry of the Earth’

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Canadian Josianne Gauthier is General Secretary of CIDSE, an international network  of Catholic social justice organizations, and was one of the delegates to last month’s Synod on Pan-Amazon Region. Here is what she told the Synod in an address:

European bishops mark 30th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

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BRUSSELS -- Catholic bishops from the European Union marked 30 years since the breaching of the Berlin Wall with tributes to those who worked for peaceful change, as well as warnings against resurgent "ideologies behind the building of walls."

Mass … the sensory-friendly way

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It was when she and her husband were leaving a movie theatre that Debbie Frey first came across the concept of a sensory-friendly zone.

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