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OTTAWA -- On a wet and damp October Thursday on a pathway that goes under a street in downtown Ottawa near the Rideau Centre shopping mall not far from Parliament Hill, a group of people huddled in sleeping bags and blankets to fight off the chill.

Election exposes some deep divisions

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OTTAWA -- The results of Canada’s federal election point to a deeply divided electorate, but some observers are hopeful that a minority government may force Canadians and the federal parties to work together in a spirit of co-operation. 

Ontario Catholic teachers to vote on strike mandate

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Ontario’s English Catholic teachers will be voting on a strike mandate in November as they deal with what their union calls “reckless cuts” proposed during bargaining with the province.

Papal visit to Canada remains off the table

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OTTAWA -- Those hoping a recent change in the leadership of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) would lead to a change of heart about Pope Francis visiting Canada to apologize for the Church’s role in Canada’s former residential school system for Indigenous People will have to wait longer for that to happen.

City sued after bridge lighting denied

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EDMONTON -- The Alberta March for Life Association is suing the City of Edmonton after city administrators cancelled a previously-approved lighting of a bridge on May 9 in honour of the annual pro-life event.

U.S. bishops urged to raise nuclear alarm

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While Canada’s bishops have strongly backed Pope Francis on nuclear disarmament, Americans are unlikely to hear from their bishops anytime soon on what the U.S. should do with its 1,600 deployed nuclear warheads, the executive director of Pax Christi USA told The Catholic Register.

A fond farewell to reporting Catholic news for Canadians

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After 15 years as the Ottawa correspondent for Canadian Catholic News, contributing frequently to The Catholic Register, Deborah Gyapong retired on Sept. 30. Below she shares some final thoughts on her career.

Indigenous still waiting for vows to turn into action

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Chrystal Désilets likes to remain hopeful when she hears promises flow from the mouths of would-be MPs on the campaign trail.

Victim in St. Michael’s College School sex assault plans lawsuit

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The victim of a gang sexual assault in a St. Michael’s College School locker room and his family plan to file a $1.65-million lawsuit against the school, according to documents filed in Ontario Superior Court.

Federal leaders tread lightly on Bill 21

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OTTAWA -- Catholics and others of faith who have been stunned by the anti-religious freedom nature of a recently enacted Quebec law are not getting much support from Canada’s federal party leaders.

Planet and the poor top voting priorities for Canadians

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Voters who live together under vows of poverty, chastity and obedience have added their two cents on the Oct. 21 federal election.