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OTTAWA - A pair of Catholics have made the grade as Canada’s governor general has announced 87 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

Violence against women out of control

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TORONTO - Rape as a weapon of war, rape in the form of the globalized sex trade, rape among school children, rape as the means of transmitting HIV, rape inside marriage — former United Nations special ambassador Stephen Lewis urged Catholic teachers to think about how rape is defining the world we live in and the future we face.

Canadian Pax Christi moves a step closer

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PaxChristiThe movement to establish a branch of Pax Christi in Canada takes a step forward in April when the international movement’s secretary general will propose that Catholics For Peace, Toronto and a similar group in Montreal become affiliate members of the Brussels-based network.

Marie Deans chosen to lead Pontifical Missions Societies

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TORONTO - The Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of People has appointed Toronto's Marie Deans as the next national director of the Canadian English sector of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Opponents appeal Three Parents case to Supreme Court

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OTTAWA - The Alliance for Marriage and Family filed an application Mar. 5 to appeal the so-called Three Parents Case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

St. Paul’s bishop gives organizations three years to stop raising funds by games of chance

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ST. PAUL, Alta. - The choice of Catholic organizations to raise funds from gambling “is scandalous and compromises the religious identity of the institution or organization,” says the bishop of St. Paul.

Catholics honoured with Order of Canada

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OTTAWA - A pair of Catholics have made the grade as Canada’s governor general has announced 87 new appointments to the Order of Canada.

National Catholic Mission to air in late March

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TORONTO - Vision TV will broadcast this year’s National Catholic Mission, two talks from renowned speaker and best-selling author Matthew Kelly, March 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. (E.T.)

Church at odds with rights revolution as charter turns 25

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MONTREAL - Catholics played a key role in the development of  Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, yet increasingly the Catholic Church is seen at odds with the so-called rights revolution that in 2005 brought the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Married priest ordained in NWT

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Don FlumerfeltYellowknife, NT - Hundreds of parishioners packed St. Patrick’s Church in Yellowknife, NWT, on Feb. 18 to see Don Flumerfelt ordained as the first Catholic priest married with children in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese.

Safe Third Country Agreement under fire

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cross_tortureTORONTO - A man known to the courts only as John Doe is sitting in a jail in Nebraska waiting for a decision from a Canadian judge. He’s a Colombian in the United States because the rebel FARC army has shot at his family and threatened his life, but he is barred from applying for asylum because he has been in the United States for more than a year.