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WATERLOO, Ont. - Louise Ervin, a a Waterloo Catholic District School Board trustee, was elected Liberal candidate for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding on April 29. This nomination was the first contested provincial Liberal nomination in Ontario.

Profit to lead ecology retreat

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GRAND FALLS, Nfld. - For those ready to see the passion of Christ in the suffering of a world in ecological decline, an Ignatian ecology retreat led by Jesuit Father James Profit is being offered at St. Catherine’s Renewal Centre, Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld., June 3-9.

Peace=unity

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SASKATOON - Peace equals unity and unity is the whole point of the ecumenical movement. That’s the logic behind this year’s summer ecumenical institute mounted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Summer institute

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OTTAWA - Whether you sing in the choir, teach children catechism, lead an Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults class or co-ordinate readers for Sunday Mass, the Saint Paul University summer institutes in pastoral liturgy and religious education will give you a chance to do it better.

Holy Rosary Sister honoured for her missionary zeal

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{mosimage}TORONTO - It was a year of firsts this year as the first woman and first person from eastern Canada received the St. Joseph’s Award for outstanding missionary service.

Army of Mary declared schismatic

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{mosimage}QUEBEC CITY - A small religious movement that follows a woman who claims to be the reincarnation of the Blessed Virgin has been declared schismatic by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec.

Family advocates concerned with Senate report

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OTTAWA - An all-party Senate report on children’s rights that recommends creating a children’s commissioner and abolishing spanking has raised concerns among some traditional family advocates.

New Saint Paul chair considers threat to Catholic education

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OTTAWA - Will Catholic schools continue in Ontario? That is among the questions Saint Paul University’s first holder of The Mercy and Presentation Sisters of Newfoundland Chair in Religious Education and Catechetics said she faces as she assumes her new role.

Pro-life group loses Calgary bishop’s support

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{mosimage}Calgary Bishop Fred Henry has withdrawn his support from the Calgary-based Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform.

Cardinal sees eucharistic congress battling growing secularism

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Next year’s 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City will allow a renewal of faith by connecting with the “source and summit” of Christian life, the Eucharist, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Jantzi Index just behind S&P, TSX

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TORONTO - Buoyed by a big bank but pulled down by its lack of oil stocks, the Jantzi Social Index fell off the pace set by mainstream stock indexes in March.