MONTREAL – Responding to a public outcry the City of Montreal has reversed a controversial decision to rename a park that memorializes a famous artist known as “Canada’s Michelangelo.”

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MONTREAL – Université de Montréal – Canada's second-largest university – announced it will close its faculty of theology and transform it into an institute of religious studies embedded in the faculty of arts and sciences.

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MONTREAL – Montreal’s community of English-speaking practising Catholics has shrunk to the point that 14 of the archdiocese’s 34 parishes could face eventual closure barring an unexpected turnaround in fortunes.

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MONTREAL – There was a universally catholic intensity to Leonard Cohen’s work. It was found in his “Song of Bernadette,” which Jennifer Warnes recorded, in his song “Suzanne” when he referenced Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel (“the sun shines down like honey on our Lady of the Harbour”), in his novel Beautiful Losers about St. Kateri Tekakwitha, and in his astonishing spiritual, Book of Mercy.

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MONTREAL – After being run exclusively by men for 360 years, Montreal’s oldest and most historic Catholic parish has become possibly the first in Quebec (and perhaps anywhere in Canada) to name a woman to manage its day-to-day operations.

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With a potentially expensive court decision looming, Montreal's historic Catholic mother church is selling its valuable green space and adjacent parking lot in the city's downtown core.

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MONTREAL – A controversial artwork that a former Montreal mayor ordered destroyed on the eve of the 1976 Olympics because it was disrespectful to the Church has been recast and installed near a historic religious institution in spite of objections from the convent’s superior general.

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OTTAWA – NET Ministries Canada is expanding to two new dioceses in Canada to give its ministry to evangelize high school-age students a national reach.

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MONTREAL – A landmark declaration which rejects fanaticism and terrorism in the name of religion was adopted in Montreal at the third global conference on the world's religions.

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MONTREAL – Noting the city's passion for hockey and their beloved team, the Canadiens, the new auxiliary bishop of the Montreal Archdiocese said people of faith work to follow Jesus and bring God to the world during his episcopal ordination.

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OTTAWA – When Bishop-elect Alain Faubert looks back at his faith journey, he credits the Marist Brothers and their charisms with helping him meet Jesus Christ and share Him with others.

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OTTAWA – Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Alain Faubert, C.S.S., as the new auxiliary bishop of Montreal

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MONTREAL - About 150 former pupils and boarders of the former Montreal Institute for the Deaf who were sexually abused between 1940 and 1982 will share $30 million after their class action was settled.

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MONTREAL - The Church of the Gesù is in the heart of Montreal, just east of Place Ville Marie. Hidden from view, in part by a high stone wall, its main doors are four metres above street level and the marquees between the ascending spiral staircases mean it is easily mistaken for a theatre. Which the Church of the Gesù also happens to be.

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As thousands of Syrian refugees land in Toronto and Montreal, Catholic settlement agencies are asking governments for money and programs to help our newest neighbours build successful lives in Canada.

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