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VANCOUVER -- A 16-year-old Vancouver student is receiving praise for his courage in standing up for his faith by establishing a Catholic Club at his public high school.

Speaking Out: Is Christmas still about Christ?

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As the weather turns chillier and Halloween decorations give way to garlands and twinkling lights, modern society alerts us that Christmastime has arrived. It employs many techniques to achieve this effect, but they can all be categorized under one broad word: marketing. 

St. Joseph’s students embrace Christmas spirit

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The spirit of Christmas giving arrived early this year in Edmonton, with the St. Joseph’s College Catholic Students’ Association at the University of Alberta collecting clothing to keep dozens of homeless people a little warmer this winter.

Speaking Out: Promising step to reconciliation

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One month ago, Pope Francis and the Vatican announced an upcoming papal visit to Canada to foster reconciliation with the country’s Indigenous populations in the aftermath of children being found in unmarked, residential school graves.

Students make mark as social justice activists

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In the wake of eye-catching headlines announcing the discovery of unmarked burial sites at former residential schools, Catholics around the country were deeply troubled by the revelations.

Speaking Out: The power of Indigenous voices

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As a Grade 11 student in Vanessa Pinto’s English Contemporary First Nations class at Loretto College Catholic Girls High School in Toronto, I appreciate learning about Indigenous history, traditions and relations with Canada.

Bible podcast tops the Apple charts

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The Bible in a Year (BIAY) podcast launched by Catholic priest Fr. Mike Schmitz and biblical scholar Jeff Cavins has emerged as a religious media phenomenon among North American audiences.

Speaking Out: Catechism lessons begin at home

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Monkey see, monkey do. It is an idiom simply meaning children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them.

Toronto board to mark Indigenous Veterans Day

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The Toronto Catholic District School Board is opening the eyes of its students to Indigenous veterans and their role in Canada’s past war efforts.

Speaking Out: Go to Joseph before it’s too late

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Dec. 8 will be the end of the historic Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis.

Faith Connections puts bow on 16-year legacy

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Catholic young adults gathered one last time, virtually, Oct. 25 to bid farewell to the Faith Connections program operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.