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The revival of St. Isidore Parish in Vita, Man., 13 years after it closed in 2011 due to a dwindling congregation, was sparked by curiosity.

You can co-exist as Indigenous, Christian speakers share

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‘I am a child of God. That’s exactly who I am’

Father Deacon Andrew Bennett is on an ongoing quest to reveal how Indigenous culture and Christianity coexist harmoniously and authentically.

Canada mission ‘intimidating’ for Nuncio

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As lunch companions go, an archbishop who has been serving in the Vatican’s diplomatic service for 40 years is in high demand.

Thirst for Scripture quenched with Bible and Beer ministry

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Each month, Ignite young adult ministry welcomes young guests for a unique spin on a Bible study mixer, hosting monthly Bible and Beer sessions at St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Toronto. 

Without truth, there’s no reconciliation

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Calgary’s emeritus Bishop Fred Henry has been named one of the world’s “Top 10 people of 2023” by Inside the Vatican magazine for challenging the consensus on graves at former Indian residential schools.

Online bill could criminalize free speech, critics say

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Two proposed bills, the Online Harms Act (Bill C-63) and Bill C-367, have critics suggesting that if passed, they could threaten the freedom to express beliefs and convictions online and in the public square.

Share Lent focuses on farm workers’ rights

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Development and Peace - Caritas Canada’s annual Share Lent campaign is in full swing, focusing this year on impacting rural and peasant communities around the world.

Under the theme “Reaping our Rights,” the 2024 campaign is focused on defending all aspects of small-scale farming and agriculture workers’ human rights. 

Mail-order abortion pills sourced in Toronto

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A Canadian non-profit has become a major player in the drive to help women “self-administer abortion at home” through the distribution of abortion pills by mail, all below the radar of Health Canada. 

Vatican dicastery overturns St. John’s church closure

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The Catholics of Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL, who felt “betrayed” by the Archdiocese of St. John’s closing of Holy Rosary Church in October 2022 have attained a “moral victory” and a potential pathway to reopening their beloved church. 

Judge denies MAiD stay on Montreal centre

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A Quebec Superior Court judge has denied the Archdiocese of Montreal’s request for a stay of the legal obligation placed on a Montreal palliative care centre to offer assisted death to its residents.

Pharmacare’s contraception focus ‘deeply troubling’

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With the framework of a national pharmacare program launched by the Liberal-NDP coalition, some are finding its initial focus on contraceptives a “deeply troubling” aspect of the deal.