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All things considered, when the initial haze of marijuana smoke clears on Oct. 17 things are expected to be just as they were the day before in schools around Canada. But that doesn’t mean educators will be complacent.

Seminarians look for light during dark times of abuse crisis

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Hayden Straczala had just finished a fruitful year in parish internship when news broke of a Pennsylvania report that identified 1,000 victims who were sexually abused by Catholic priests. As more stories began to come out in Chile, Germany and other parts of the world, it weighed heavily on him as he returned to his academic studies in St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. 

MP launches petition against violence after assaults at LifeChain pro-life demonstrations

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OTTAWA – Conservative MP Garnet Genuis has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn political violence after news of several incidences of assault against pro-life demonstrators.

Positive reviews for Canadian bishops’ sex abuse document, but hard work is ahead

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OTTAWA - The Canadian Catholic bishops’ new sexual abuse document released Oct. 4 sets the right tone, say observers, but now the hard work of implementation begins.

L’Arche ready to build a new beginning in Burnaby

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VANCOUVER – A community built around love for people with developmental disabilities is undergoing ground-breaking changes.

Edmonton football team president shares painful past

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EDMONTON – The mission of Catholic Social Services is to care for and lift up the most vulnerable among us.

Sex abuse document from Canada’s bishops focuses on victims, urges accountability and transparency

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OTTAWA – Canada’s Catholic bishops’ have released a new document on sexual abuse that calls for accountability, transparency, prevention and healing as first steps to repair the considerable damage inflicted on the Church and society by decades of priestly abuse and coverups by bishops.

E-mail scam uses Cardinal Collins’ name to lure victims

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Toronto Catholics are being warned about a new e-mail scam involving someone impersonating Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Assisted suicide plans for children unveiled at Toronto's Sick Kids hospital

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TORONTO – In a prestigious medical journal, doctors from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children have laid out policies and procedures for administering medically assisted death to children, including scenarios where the parents would not be informed until after the child dies.

Canadian bishops working on palliative care resources for every parish

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CORNWALL – Canada’s Catholic bishops aim to have palliative care resources available in every parish to help Catholics grapple with suffering and dying under a regime of legal euthanasia.

Canada’s religious freedom at risk in the courts and in Parliament

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OTTAWA – Experts warned religious freedom is at risk in Canada as it is no longer seen as a fundamental right but something that can be trumped by vague “charter values” and partisan politics.

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Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Lazy media suggest St. Michael's coverup 

Ever since Watergate, scandals have been covered according to the adage: “It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup,” Fr. Raymond J. de Souza writes.

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