News/Toronto-GTA

On a busy Bloor Street sidewalk outside a 174-year-old downtown Toronto church sits the likeness of a familiar figure wrapped in a stranger’s cloak.

Providence opens new palliative care wing

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Providence Healthcare’s new $4.5 million palliative care wing features no state-of-the-art technology, no breakthrough innovations, no dazzling science. The money went into providing peace, quiet and the human touches that make life worth living.

Canada's Catholic bishops withdraw from social justice coalition Kairos

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TORONTO – Canada’s Catholic bishops will no longer be part of Canada’s ecumenical social justice coalition, known as Kairos.

Community fighting to keep Marian shrine alive

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TORONTO – The community at the Marian Shrine of Gratitude in Toronto is growing in strength and numbers despite a looming closure.

ShareLife's future plan to include more laity involvement

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TORONTO – ShareLife is going back to its roots with a plan that taps into past strategies to encourage more involvement at the parish level.

Nuit Blanche exhibit brings back memories of residential schools

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TORONTO – To shed light on some of the darkest moments in the history of Catholic education, students from St. Joseph’s College School unveiled their Residential Schools Memorial Wall at the annual Nuit Blanche all-night art festival.

Sheptytsky Institute finds a new home in Toronto

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OTTAWA – Canada’s premier centre for university-level studies of Ukrainian Catholic theology, tradition and liturgy is moving from Ottawa to Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College.

Fatima Pilgrim Image coming to Toronto

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TORONTO – Today, millions of pilgrims from around the world travel to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal each year to venerate the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And in a way, the statue has made its own pilgrimage around the world to meet with the faithful.

Thanksgiving Mass for workers caps off St. Michael's five-year, $128-million renovation

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Derval Edwards started out four years ago on his knees underneath St. Michael’s Cathedral excavating the crawlspace one bucket of dirt and rubble at a time. On Friday, Cardinal Thomas Collins gave him a medal.

Good Shepherd makes leap to social media for fundraising

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TORONTO – Come Thanksgiving Day, everybody eats — including the homeless. This year Toronto’s Good Shepherd Centre is asking you to skip lunch for one day and donate what you would have spent so the poor and homeless of Toronto can eat a Thanksgiving Day feast.

St. Michael’s Cathedral rededicated, declared a basilica

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“This is holy ground,” Cardinal Thomas Collins declared as he rededicated St. Michael’s Cathedral, capping off a five-year, $128 million restoration of the 168-year-old home of Toronto’s Catholics.