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About one-third of the work at Catholic Family Services of Toronto starts with a woman who has been abused.

Canada falls short in palliative care access

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A grim picture of Canadians dying amid the noise and bustle of hospital acute care wards, unable to access quality palliative care, emerges from the first-ever comprehensive, national assessment of palliative care by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Halton trustees reject ‘Sanctity of Life’ fund-raising policy

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The Halton Catholic school board’s controversial “Sanctity of Life” policy will not be implemented, meaning students can raise funds for whichever charity they choose.

Class action request aimed at Quebec nuns for orphanage physical, sexual abuse

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QUEBEC CITY – The Sisters of Charity of Quebec said they were "surprised" and "troubled" by allegations that children who once stayed at the Mont d'Youville orphanage in Quebec City were sexually abused not only by lay educators but also by nuns.

Marijuana still out of bounds for youth after legalization, but still an issue for schools

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All things considered, when the initial haze of marijuana smoke clears on Oct. 17 things are expected to be just as they were the day before in schools around Canada. But that doesn’t mean educators will be complacent.

Seminarians look for light during dark times of abuse crisis

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Hayden Straczala had just finished a fruitful year in parish internship when news broke of a Pennsylvania report that identified 1,000 victims who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. As more stories began to come out in Chile, Germany and other parts of the world, it weighed heavily on him as he returned to his academic studies in St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. 

MP launches petition against violence after assaults at LifeChain pro-life demonstrations

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OTTAWA – Conservative MP Garnet Genuis has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn political violence after news of several incidences of assault against pro-life demonstrators.

Positive reviews for Canadian bishops’ sex abuse document, but hard work is ahead

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OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic bishops’ new sexual abuse document released Oct. 4 sets the right tone, say observers, but now the hard work of implementation begins.

L’Arche ready to build a new beginning in Burnaby

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VANCOUVER – A community built around love for people with developmental disabilities is undergoing ground-breaking changes.

Edmonton football team president shares painful past

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EDMONTON – The mission of Catholic Social Services is to care for and lift up the most vulnerable among us.

Sex abuse document from Canada’s bishops focuses on victims, urges accountability and transparency

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OTTAWA – Canada’s Catholic bishops’ have released a new document on sexual abuse that calls for accountability, transparency, prevention and healing as first steps to repair the considerable damage inflicted on the Church and society by decades of priestly abuse and coverups by bishops.

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Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Sex abuse summit is catch-up time for much of the world 

It is déjà vu all over again for Canadian bishops who travelled to Rome for the Vatican’s meeting on the protection of minors in the Church, Fr. Raymond writes.

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Pope's homily

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Pope: 'You, dear young people, are not the future but the now of God'

Read the latest homily given by Pope Francis. 

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Jean Ko Din in Panama: WYD leaves behind a wealth of memories 

Read Jean Ko Din's latest blog post on World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.