NEWS

TORONTO - No sooner had David Okenyi arrived in Canada than he wished he could just turn on his heel and go back to Nigeria.

Poverty affects health, studies show

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Dr. Penny SutcliffeTORONTO - Poverty kills just as surely as smoking or living off burgers, fries and ice cream, and the church leaders who run Ontario's food banks, emergency shelters and family counselling programs are prepared to back that claim up with science.

Campaign Life organizes luncheon for Toronto priests

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TORONTO - More than 100 priests, deacons and seminarians of the archdiocese of Toronto attended a luncheon Nov. 15 at St. Paul's Basilica sponsored by the Campaign Life Coalition, the political wing of the pro-life movement in Canada. 

Students remember a fallen friend

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - In a time of mourning the students at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School rallied together to support each other and to remember a friend. 

Ethical investors want government to clean up environment act

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The companies that sell ethically screened mutual funds are asking Parliament to clean up the Clean Air Act.

A note of joy among AIDS sufferers

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Fr.Gilles Mongeau. S.J.TORONTO - When Our Lady of Lourdes parish marks World AIDS Day Dec. 1, those who have gathered for the monthly healing Mass the past 16 years will remember the ones who have died and their families and friends, not forgetting those who still depend on a handful of pills every day to keep the human immunodeficiency virus at bay.

Value of priestly celibacy reaffirmed

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials, meeting to review the status of married priests, reaffirmed the value of priestly celibacy and said its importance should be highlighted among priests and seminarians.

Honduran cardinal seeks 'helping hand' on mining problem

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TORONTO - A cardinal in Honduras has asked the Canadian government to rein in Canadian mining companies operating in his country.

Wondering about the WonderCafe

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WonderCafe.caTORONTO - The United Church of Canada has launched a $10.5-million media campaign that will span the next three years. It will consist of an interactive web site, national magazine, newspaper advertising featuring a cheeky bobble-head Jesus and other provocative images, and a grassroots campaign all aimed at engaging Canadians, specifically those age 30-45.

Benedict offers 'outstretched hand' to Islam

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Pope Benedict meets Islamic womanVATICAN CITY  - Pope Benedict XVI's remarks on Islam in Regensburg, Germany, opened a new chapter in the Vatican's 40-year dialogue with the Muslim world and brought the Pope's own views on Islam into clearer focus.

Ambrozic honours Italian community at Cardinal's Dinner

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Cardinal Aloysius AmbrozicTORONTO - More than 2,200 people gathered Nov. 9 to celebrate the 27th annual Cardinal's Dinner and contribute to Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic's charitable choices in the archdiocese of Toronto.