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When Archbishop Fergus P. McEvay started the St. Elizabeth Nurses in Toronto 110 years ago, it was all about the beginning of life. Four qualified midwives were stationed in the city’s poorer neighbourhoods to deliver babies, ensure the mother’s health and then get those babies baptized.

Archbishop Richard Smith outlines Canadian bishops' action plan on sex abuse

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EDMONTON – Trust in the Catholic Church has been broken in the wake of horrific reports of clergy sex abuse, but that trust can be restored, said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. 

Lack of safe drinking water on reserves ‘disgraceful’, Canadian bishops say

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OTTAWA – The latest statement about drinking water from Canada’s bishops “might shock” some people, admits Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver.

Legal marijuana will have 'disastrous effects,' Canadian bishops say

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OTTAWA – Canada’s bishops reiterated their opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana Wednesday, the same day that legal marijuana sales began across the country.

‘Bold action’ urged in wake of UN report on climate change

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OTTAWA – Bold action on climate change is needed in the wake of an ominous report by the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change, says Development and Peace.

Euthanasia snub led to Canadian withdrawal from the World Medical Association, doctor says

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Canada’s sudden withdrawal from the World Medical Association is likely due to a Canadian delegation feeling wounded and angry after their proposal to alter the world body’s code of ethics on euthanasia was resoundingly rejected, according to a Canadian doctor.

Proposed law to ban religious symbols in Quebec violates religious freedom, Catholic leaders say

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OTTAWA – A proposed law by Quebec’s new government that would ban religious symbols is a clear violation of fundamental rights, said Montreal’s archbishop and Canada’s former Ambassador of Religious Freedom.

Fr. Patrick Desbois warns of growing anti-Semitism in Europe

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Electoral successes for the ultra-right across Europe is being accompanied by a frightening rise in attacks on Jews, while left wing parties give ethical cover to anti-Semites with constant criticism of Israel, Fr. Patrick Desbois said at an event hosted by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Theatre Oct. 15.

Church restoration leaves stain on Edmonton priest’s memory

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EDMONTON – If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this beholder is pretty upset about one bad window.

Mass to End Women Abuse sends strong message, CFS Toronto says

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About one-third of the work at Catholic Family Services of Toronto starts with a woman who has been abused.

Canada falls short in palliative care access

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A grim picture of Canadians dying amid the noise and bustle of hospital acute care wards, unable to access quality palliative care, emerges from the first-ever comprehensive, national assessment of palliative care by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

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Luke Stocking: Inspiring words offer a simple message on poverty 

At first it may sound like a simplistic formula to give away one’s wealth and embrace poverty. It’s not, Luke Stocking writes.

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