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As Canada goes over 11,000 COVID deaths and 300,000 cases — with medical professionals calling for “circuit breaker” shut-downs and Canada’s largest archdiocese having to cancel public Masses in "lockdown" areas — the Church has to respond with unflinching concern for the common good, said Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops president Archbishop Richard Gagnon.

Mary Centre paves path to independence

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Determined to become self-sufficient, Monica Maiato set her sights on a goal to live independently. Now going on two years since embarking on that journey, her life has completely transformed. 

Antigonish’s St. Ninian’s Cathedral restoring murals to former glory

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Ozias Leduc (1864-1955) earned so much acclaim for his religious and secular paintings that the native of Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville, Que., was heralded in his time as “the Michelangelo of Canada.’

Volunteers who ensure safe church openings recognized

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Cardinal Thomas Collins recognized the thousands of volunteers across the vast Archdiocese of Toronto who have ensured a safe re-opening of churches during the COVID-19 pandemic with a special Mass of gratitude Nov. 4.

Activist taking ‘once-in-a-century’ case to Supreme Court

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VANCOUVER -- Pro-life activist Mary Wagner is launching a constitutional challenge of Canada’s criminal code in her crusade to gain legal recognition for the humanity of the unborn.

Bill aims to protect Down syndrome babies

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Lucy and Alcido Fank were never interested in having an amniocentesis screening to find out whether or not their baby would be born with Down syndrome.

Expanded MAiD worries Canadians: survey

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OTTAWA -- A new public opinion poll indicates Canadians are not as supportive of major changes to the federal MAiD (medical assistance in dying) system as the federal government claims.

Dignity recovered for forgotten vets

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Patrick James Cox was a decorated soldier honoured for serving in France with the 7th Canadian Railway Troops in 1917, but in 1933 died at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in Toronto fighting a very different battle.

Immigration levels will be tough to meet

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Ottawa’s plan to take in a record 1.2 million immigrants between now and 2023, just under 15 per cent of them refugees, faces some serious COVID-era challenges, according to the churches and other organizations who sponsor over 20,000 refugees per year.

Catholic hockey academy boasts NHL-level talent

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Grade 9 to 12 students enrolled in the Hockey Canada Skills Academy (HCSA) at Sudbury, Ont.’s St. Charles College enjoyed multiple years in the orbit of an eventual history-making NHL draft pick.

Thousands tune in to virtual Cardinal’s Dinner

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for Toronto Catholics to “go deeper” into their spiritual lives, Cardinal Thomas Collins told thousands who gathered before television and computer screens for the most unusual Cardinal’s Dinner in over four decades.