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Located on a quiet street in downtown Ottawa, the Church of Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) and the 400-500 families that worship there form a microcosm of the Spanish-speaking world in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Conscience rights battle carries on despite Bill C-230 defeat

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Bill C-230 — which aimed to enhance the rights of medical personnel who refuse to participate in medically assisted death for reasons of conscience — has died in the House of Commons, but its supporters vow to keep up the fight for the rights of physicians and patients.

Safe Third Country Agreement before Supreme Court

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As Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States goes back before the Supreme Court of Canada Oct. 6, Ottawa has revealed a surge of 23,358 asylum seekers at irregular border crossings in the first eight months of 2022.

Alberta opens path to religious migrants

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The Government of Alberta is expanding its provincial immigration program to invite more religious workers from abroad to seek or obtain permanent residency.

Private members’ bill on conscience rights in MPs’ hands

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Bill C-230, the private members’ bill aimed at safeguarding medical professionals’ conscience rights, underwent its second hour of oral debate on Sept. 29, six months after parliamentarians first exchanged views over the proposed legislation.

MAiD expansion takes us to a ‘dark place’

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The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has launched a campaign to stop a federal government plan that would allow Canadians with mental illness as their sole issue to seek death through Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD).

Lack of campus debate a ‘scandal’: Catholic academic

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The lack of intellectual debate on university campuses is “a scandal” that threatens the very soul of universities, a Catholic academic told a Vancouver audience.

Parish steps up in Fiona’s aftermath

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Following the devastation of post-tropical storm Fiona, Catholics in Sydney Mines, N.S. — with the support of the community — have delivered a case study in what can be accomplished when faith is put into action.

Reconciliation begins with truth, Cardinal tells Orange Shirt Day Mass

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Celebrating Orange Shirt Day in one of Canada’s most splendid cathedrals on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation must be done with contrition and commitment to truth, Toronto Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins told an early morning crowd at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica Sept. 30.

St. Monica Institute brings faith to a practical world

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The Toronto archdiocese’s St. Monica Institute opened its doors Sept. 24 although Executive Director Matthew Marquardt acknowledges that technically it doesn’t yet have any doors to open.

Study finds school uniforms are toxic

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Runaway autism, high rates of obesity, the asthma epidemic and other unknown health effects in children are being helped along by the chemistry that goes into modern school uniforms, a new study from University of Toronto and Notre Dame University scientists has found.