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“I was sick and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36).

This Biblical passage was the inspiration behind the Pastoral Home Care/SASMAD service that gathered with more than 120 people at Montreal’s St. Isaac Jogues Parish to celebrate the 32nd World Day of the Sick.

Its message could hardly be more timely.

Love Lent, and the journey to Christ

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With Ash Wednesday, the Newman Centre embarked on a spiritual journey for Lent. The Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus launched a campaign known as “Love Lent” to provide various opportunities to engage in Lenten activities right up until the beginning of Holy Week. 

Jesuits planning to close Manresa

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The Jesuits Of Canada are planning to close the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, Ont., after nearly 80 years of service to the community. 

All ages invited to Lift Jesus Higher

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The 33rd annual Lift Jesus Higher Rally returns March 2, giving attendees the chance to experience Jesus’ love in a unique and grand format. 

The Lift Jesus Higher Rally will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with two distinct celebrations, one for adults and a second for youth aged 13-18. Both will feature important pillars of the Catholic faith throughout the day, with testimonials, reflections, divine mercy celebration and eucharistic adoration. 

Settlement reached in abuse trial

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The Archdiocese of Vancouver has reached a settlement with a man who was sexually assaulted by a priest and a teacher at Holy Trinity Parish in North Vancouver in the 1970s.

CCCB, Christian churches launch appeal for Ukraine peace

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Canada’s Catholic bishops have joined Christian counterparts in marking the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with an invitation for all to join in praying for peace. 

Too far down Slippery Slope Say MAiD Expansion Opponents

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Canada is already too far down the slippery slope with regard to medically assisted dying, and should aim for “living with dignity” as opposed to “dying with dignity” say proponents of more compassionate alternatives for the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations.

MPs choose not to condemn church fires

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A call to condemn the most recent arson attack on a Christian church — Feb. 9 at Blessed Sacrament Church in downtown Regina — failed to gain unanimous approval in the House of Commons.

Mother Paradis welcomed all ‘as if they were God Himself’

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Rome’s announcement of a third Canadian-born saint answers the prayers of Blessed Mother Marie-Léonie Paradis’ community and friends.

Dating for body, mind and soul

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The Toronto Newman Centre’s Date Night Series is continuing to incorporate exercises that strengthen the body, mind and soul. 

The “Faith & Fitness” event Feb. 21 will be a date night that focuses on education surrounding physical health and healing. 

Ordinary Catholics must rise up against MAiD

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More and more, parishes have been enlightening Canadians and encouraging them to join in the fight against expanding MAiD (medical assistance in dying).