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{mosimage}OTTAWA - This year’s National March for Life in Ottawa May 7-9 will honour the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Big Oil gets big subsidies

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{mosimage}CALGARY - The federal government continues to subsidize fossil fuel production at the cost of developing sustainable energy alternatives, according to a study released April 15 by KAIROS, an ecumenical church-based social justice organization.

Canadian 'censorship' bill angers artistic community

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Liberal MP Denis Corderre says the next election will be fought over censorship.

But the newly minted Heritage Critic was not speaking about press freedom in light of hate speech complaints levied against Catholic Insight, Maclean’s and Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the Western Standard.

Pilgrims take on elements in Ark journey

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - The pilgrims carrying the Ark of the New Covenant have faced snow and rain and shine.  They have become experts in caring for blisters. Some of them have sunburns on their faces.

Hate complaint legal fees rising

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Catholic Insight magazine has paid $6,000 in legal fees fighting a human rights “hate” complaint, yet no hearing date is in sight.

For a small circulation (3,500 subscribers) conservative specialty magazine, “it has cost us quite a bit,” said the magazine’s editor, Basilian Father Alphonse de Valk.

Action demanded on mining report

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - Catholic groups say Canada’s international reputation is jeopardized because the federal government has done nothing to ensure mining and oil and gas companies operate responsibly in developing countries.

Bioethics institute hosts weekend conference

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{mosimage}TORONTO — For doctors who know the opposite of medicine is not prayer, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute has organized three days of workshops and discussion. “The Vocation of the Catholic Physician: Integrating the Practical, the Bioethical and the Spiritual” will run April 25 to 27 at the University of St. Michael’s College.

Carleton honours Project Ploughshares founder

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - They haven’t retired his jersey but Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs is raising Christian peace activist Ernie Regehr up into its pantheon of public policy stars.

KAIROS campaign takes on big oil

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Until at least 2010 Canada’s ecumenical social justice agency is going to be thinking, talking, organizing and campaigning on one over-riding issue. From here on out it’s all about fossil fuels for KAIROS.

Canada's doors opened to Iraqi refugees

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{mosimage}TORONTO - While the Canadian government plans to increase the number of Iraqi refugees resettled in Canada by decreasing numbers accepted from other troubled areas, the archdiocese of Toronto has doubled its overall refugee sponsorship targets in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of approximately 4.5 million displaced Iraqis.

Threat of Iraq without Christians is real - Canada's response

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{mosimage}TORONTO - With martyred Archbishop Paulos Rahho’s portrait on display before the altar, 1,000 Chaldean Catholics gathered at Toronto’s Good Shepherd Chaldean parish March 14 to pray the Stations of the Cross in ancient Syriac, a language directly descended from Jesus’ own Aramaic tongue.

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Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Lazy media suggest St. Michael's coverup 

Ever since Watergate, scandals have been covered according to the adage: “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup,” Fr. Raymond J. de Souza writes.

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