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Catholic dioceses around the world are preparing for a  Holy Week of empty churches and virtual liturgies — and Easter Masses with empty pews — amid widespread global shutdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19.

All churches closed in Archdiocese of Toronto

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After previously cancelling public celebrations of the sacraments including daily and Sunday Masses, the Archdiocese of Toronto has taken the additional step of entirely closing its churches to public access.

Salt + Light takes aim at web world

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Cord-cutting Canadians who are cancelling cable TV services are a conundrum Canada’s Catholic TV service hopes to conquer.

Moms build a 'village' of mentorship for postpartum moms

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VANCOUVER -- It may take a village to raise a child, but Abbotsford mom Renae Regehr recently found herself wondering: what happens when parents don’t have a village to turn to?

A gift for the (medieval) ages...

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Like many bright, young undergraduates, Tony Comper startedwith an ambitious course load last fall, but found he had to back off as the year wore on. 

Group claims physicians being ‘bullied’

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OTTAWA -- An anti-euthanasia doctors group claims health workers are being “bullied” into providing assisted suicide.

Closures put pressure on major campaigns

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The global pandemic that threatens lives is also bad news for Church finances — with Toronto’s ShareLife and the national Share Lent campaigns thrown into uncertainty by school closures and Mass cancellations.

Toronto Good Friday procession cancelled in wake of COVID-19

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The annual Good Friday procession through downtown Toronto streets is another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shelters step up efforts for vulnerable

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Society’s most vulnerable are often lost in the shuffle at the best of times, but with the world being blindsided by COVID-19 those operating programs for the homeless and marginalized are working to ensure these people are not forgotten.

Mass continues online and on TV

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Church doors may be closed and the opportunity for a communal celebration of the Eucharist have ceased for the time being, but the Mass will go on, said Cardinal Thomas Collins.

People turning to Mass in digital world

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A health crisis is not how Deacon Mike Walsh envisioned attracting more eyeballs to the Daily TV Mass, but that’s what is happening to a ministry that serves people who are unable to attend Mass at a church.