Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- The appointment of Mary Simon as Canada’s first Indigenous Governor-General is being hailed as a meaningful step towards reconciliation.

OTTAWA -- There is no guarantee that a delegation to the Vatican will lead to a papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system but the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is praying it will.

OTTAWA -- Support across party lines for a bill that bans conversion therapy for youth in Canada is being labeled a “brazen assault on religious freedom” by some of the most vocal critics of the federal Liberal minority government’s political agenda.

OTTAWA -- By a vote of 61-10, senators gave the final approval needed June 16 for Bill C-15, which gives legal standing in federal law to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

OTTAWA -- Campaign Life Coalition is calling on pro-life Canadians to show support for New Brunswick’s provincial government in a legal fight over funding and access to abortion services in the east coast province.

OTTAWA -- You can learn a lot about Islam, Judaism, Christianity and other faiths in books, but the best way to really understand another faith is through personal relationships.

OTTAWA -- A Conservative MP wants Catholics and other Canadians of faith to remember during the next election that the federal Liberal government is ignoring concerns about a bill to ban conversion therapy for youth that could make some religious discussions about human sexuality illegal.

OTTAWA -- There have been false starts and bitter disappointments before, but Catholic and other faith organizations now see a light at the end of the tunnel in achieving a key aspect of reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

OTTAWA -- While Canadians are still having conversations around abortion, the latest vote in the House of Commons shows the nation’s lawmakers don’t want to hear what is being said, pro-life organizations say.

OTTAWA -- The Faith in the Declaration coalition is calling on the Senate to quickly approve a bill to give the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples legal standing within Canadian law “as a critical step” towards reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations.