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In a decision that confirms its right to proactively reach out to victims of sexual abuse by priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, N.B., has been awarded $3.4 million in a dispute with its insurance company.

Indigenous spirituality key part of Parliament of World Religions

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When Indigenous people from across Canada and beyond took centre stage, conducting the first of two opening ceremonies Nov. 1 at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, it was far more than a token appearance.

Canadian bishops eager to share ‘fire’ of synod on youth

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ROME – The president of the Canadian bishops’ conference called the Synod of Bishops a “powerful experience” which he hopes will make him a better bishop.

B.C. Catholic schools recruiting Ontario teachers

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Catholic schools in Vancouver have come to Toronto shopping for young, ambitious and faithful Catholic teachers who want to trade supply teaching assignments for a permanent contract and a classroom of their own. 

Calgary priest on leave over misconduct allegations

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A priest in the Diocese of Calgary has been placed on administrative leave over allegations of sexual misconduct involving two minors and several adults.

Vancouver Island tops assisted suicide rate

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VANCOUVER – The rate of medically-assisted deaths on Vancouver Island is about five times higher than in the rest of the country.

Euthanasia case results in apology from Catholic health care provider in Alberta

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EDMONTON – At what point does a health care provider become complicit in the act of medically-assisted death? 

Opus Dei at 90: Making life extra-ordinary

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VANCOUVER – The summits of B.C.’s Coastal Mountains and Rockies inspire longtime artist Arnold Shives.

Missions accomplished: After 100 years, Scarboro Missions in Toronto is closing its doors

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At 60, Fr. Ron MacDonell is the youngest of the Scarboro Missions priests. Even as his fellow priests back home in Toronto move into a seniors’ residence, MacDonell is working today in the upper reaches of the Amazon basin among Brazil’s Makushi people, bringing together village elders and young people to recover their vanishing language and culture.

African Mass offers a taste of home in north Edmonton

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EDMONTON – Thirteen-year-old Emmanuel Eremionkhale knows one or two words in Esan, and a couple more in Igbo, the Nigerian languages of his father and mother.

Rosary-inspired idea revitalizes garden

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One woman’s labour of love has seen an overgrown peace garden at a Catholic school in Orangeville, Ont., brought back to life as a Rosary Garden.

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Peter Stockland: Irish should learn lesson from Canada 

It’s the ugly reality that an 83-year-old priest could be taken into custody for democratically and peacefully expressing his right to speak out against abortion, Stockland writes.

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José Murillo is the only one in his family who hasn’t been back to Panama City since they immigrated to Canada about 12 years ago.