{mosimage}OTTAWA - The Catholic Church has excommunicated the Quebec-based Army of Mary movement that bases its teachings on the mystical visions of an 86-year- old woman who claims to be a reincarnation of the Virgin Mary.

Age of consent bill dies


{mosimage}OTTAWA - Groups that have fought for years to raise the age of consent to sexual activity raised from 14 to 16 are going to have to start all over again.

100 years of praying for Christian unity


{mosimage}TORONTO - Anyone who thought a look back at 20th-century history through the eyes of prayer would be comforting, uplifting or anodyne might want to begin with the 1919 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Families challenged to create future saints


{mosimage}OTTAWA - “Families, where are the saints of the third millennium?”

That question forms the title of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family’s (COLF) annual message to families for 2007, challenging families to pass the faith on to the next generation.

Notre Dame Sisters mark 150 years in P.E.I.


{mosimage}CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A century-and-a-half ago, a small spark was ignited in this tiniest of Canadian provinces on Canada’s east coast.

Ecumenism centre moves to storefront


{mosimage}MONTREAL — The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is taking it to the street. The Montreal-based centre for dialogue among Canadian churches has left its historic setting inside the Grande Seminaire de Montreal and taken up a storefront address in downtown Montreal.


Collection for Needs of the Church set for Sept. 30


{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

{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

{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


{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


{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.


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Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

Most of us take for granted the safety and peace of our houses of worship so when that is broken it is akin to being punched in the gut, Lewis writes.


Pope's homily