When I was 10 years old, I’d spend hours creating posters that screamed out in bold letters: “Save the Whales!” 

A trip of peace, protest and patience

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OTTAWA – Prodded by an increasing intolerance for those who profess pro-life convictions — most pointedly and menacingly by no one less than our prime minister — my wife and I decided it was time to walk the walk and made our way up to Ottawa for the 21st annual National March for Life. I had attended one of the very earliest of these marches back around the turn of the century and had a pretty good idea what we were in for.

Glen Argan: Alberta narrative heads for unhappy end

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Forty years ago, I moved to Alberta from Saskatchewan imbued with the stereotype that my new province was full of cowboys, fundamentalists and wealthy oil barons who cared nothing about the environment. It didn’t take me long to realize that while there was truth in the stereotype, Alberta had numerous people who fell outside this cartoonish caricature.

Peter Stockland: Faith is alive and well in our mainstream

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Calls for reinvigorating religious public life within our seeming secular monoculture have traditionally relied heavily on morally grounded arguments.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Ave Verum stirs the soul and memories of Rome

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A former student sent me a notice that caught my attention, for both artistic and pious reasons. The Cantata Singers of Ottawa will be at St. Joseph’s Church later this month where the entire program will consist of settings of the brief Eucharistic and Marian hymn, Ave Verum, including those of Lassus, Byrd, Mozart, Elgar, Liszt, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc. 

Church on the Street: Restaurant served big plate of humanity

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When I started out on the Church on the Street, I gave little thought to some of the logistics of such a ministry apart from determining that it would be 8 p.m. onwards every Thursday evening.

Bob Brehl: Cringeworthy court decision over clerical sex abuse

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Last week’s record financial award to a man abused by a monstrous priest 50 years ago is cringeworthy on many levels.

Peter Stockland: How long do we wait to face cold reality?

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Our small English-language parish in a borough of Montreal is hardly a hot bed of serious surprises. Recently, though, we received some rather hard news.

Charles Lewis: It’s vital to be informed on Catholic issues

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We were all lined up at our desks, blank forms at the ready an plenty of pens for St. Michael’s parishioners to use. 

Cathy Majtenyi: Bishops’ letter leaves question unanswered

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Why won’t Pope Francis issue a formal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system? 

Glen Argan: Pope offers a practical guide to a holy life

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Pope Francis has long held in esteem the late Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen van Thuan, the archbishop of Saigon who spent 13 years in a communist prison camp, including nine years in solitary confinement.