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{mosimage}OTTAWA - The annual Collection for the Needs of the Church to fund the activities of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will take place Sept. 30, 2007.

Abortion images hit Calgary streets

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{mosimage}CALGARY - The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform is sponsoring an 11-metre-long box-bodied truck with billboards showing aborted fetuses that began cruising the streets of Calgary on Aug. 8.

Catholic bishops don't sign on to Afghanistan letter

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{mosimage}The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has declined an invitation to sign a letter from faith leaders to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Afghanistan because it doesn’t go far enough. The letter from a dozen church leaders asks Harper’s government to engage in negotiations with willing representatives of the Taliban and change the focus of Canadian operations in Afghanistan to diplomacy and aid.

Ouellet hopes congress will revive Christian roots

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{mosimage}MONTREAL - Cardinal Marc Ouellet hopes the 2008 Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City next June will revive Canada’s Christian roots and reverse the effects of secularization.

Man held in Montreal nun's murder

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{mosimage}MONTREAL - A man with a history of psychological problems is being held in the brutal beating death of an 80-year-old Montreal nun.

Is gossip a sin?

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{mosimage}From cell phone conversations about what the boss may have told a colleague about his boss, to an Internet blog reporting what insiders are saying about a movie still in production, and TV shows filled with breathless revelations about celebrity marriages and sports pages filled with whispers about athletes at loggerheads with teammates and coaches, Canadians are daily floating in a sea of gossip.

Busy retirement awaits Ustrzycki

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{mosimage}HAMILTON, Ont. - Matthew Francis Ustrzycki says there was basically one reason he decided to become a priest and go on to serve in that vocation for 48 years, including 22 as auxiliary bishop of Hamilton diocese: “I guess I fell in love with Jesus.”

Canadian Catholic peace movement expands

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{mosimage}The moment for Canada to beat its own swords into ploughshares, to transform its own spears into pruning hooks and to work so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation may have finally arrived with the defection of a former chair of Amnesty International into Canada’s nascent Catholic peace camp.

Sainthood cause started for Canadian nun

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TORONTO - In July 1964, young Carmelina Tarantino arrived in Toronto from Liveri, Italy, seeking medical treatment for an aggressive form of cancer. When she was permanently admitted to Toronto’s Riverdale Hospital in 1969, her prognosis was grim: she was expected to live six months. Eight years later, Carmelina made her profession of faith and became Sr. Carmelina of the Passionist Sisters of the Cross.

Most Canadians believe God guided evolution: poll

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{mosimage}OTTAWA - A recent Canadian Press-Decima Research Poll shows Canadians are divided on the role God played — or did not play — in the creation of humans. But that does not mean the evolution vs. creationism controversy raging in the United States will come to Canada.

WYD 2002: A look back

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John Paul II was a bridge to young people


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I will never forget the scenes in Rome surrounding the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005. More than half the crowd of four million-plus people that descended upon Rome were young people from every part of the world. Such a thing would have been unthinkable 25 years ago.

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Charles Lewis: The papal office deserves a defence 

"I believed that criticism of the papacy was a sport for non-Catholics or perhaps disgruntled Catholics who were always at odds with Church teachings. Then a few things happened," Charles Lewis writes.

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