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Trying to explain the effect of Denyse Thomasos’ immense, complex, abstract paintings, Fr. Dan Donovan reaches for St. Thomas Aquinas.

Permanent diaconate in Toronto marks 50 years

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Deacon Steve Pitre is determined not to celebrate 50 years of the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Instead, he wants to celebrate the Church that embraced, encouraged and prayed with deacons over the past 50 years.

A pilgrim Church looks to Mary

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For Catholics who have for years heard Mary’s first words in the Gospel of Luke as the defining moment of her life, it may seem the Pope is flipping the script on the Lord’s mother.

Queen Elizabeth was a bridge of reconciliation between Catholics, Protestants

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She was known to millions as “the Queen,” as if she was the only royal matriarch in the world. But she was no ordinary monarch. She was one of the last generation of leaders in the Western world who not only publicly declared her Christian faith but lived it.

Top scholars not bookworms you might think

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Graduating with stellar grades isn’t easy but it also doesn’t mean having your head in a book all day. Just ask some of the York Catholic District School Board’s 2022 top scholars.

Br. André named board’s patron saint

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St. André Bessette has been named patron saint of Ontario’s Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) in recognition of the special place he has in the hearts of those in the region.

School athletics set for big fall comeback

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Chad Falk and his team at the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) were hard at work during the summer preparing for a 2022-23 school year slated to be chockful of provincial competitions.

Chaplain: just say no to violent sports

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For the past decade, high school chaplain Tony Whelan has been raising the moral and ethical question as to whether violent sports should have a place in Catholic schools.

St. Michael’s principal returns to his roots

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For Pat Daly, new principal of St. Michael’s College School, walking the halls of the prestigious all-boys Catholic school in Toronto feels like coming back to his roots.

St. Paul’s celebrates two centuries of open doors

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Two hundred years ago, St. Paul’s Basilica was the only Catholic church between Windsor and Kingston, making it “ground zero of Catholic life in Toronto,” according to pastor Fr. Bob O’Brien.

Exploring the Catholicity of 'Pinocchio'

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A wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy takes centre stage at a mini-conference in Saskatoon hosted by Rebuilding Catholic Culture Sept. 2 and 3.