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For 14 years I attended Catholic schools where morning prayer was a staple, religion class a required course and liturgies a scheduled monthly event. From ages 12 to 18, I was fortunate enough to enroll at Toronto’s Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts where religious values enriched an atmosphere of music, drama and dance. There I learned from a community of teachers and peers who were passionate about artistic creativity and an academic curriculum that reflected religious values.

Tracking the youth scene

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Fourteen new youth correspondents will be the eyes and ears of Catholic young people in Canada for The Catholic Register.

Knights camp ignites youth

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{mosimage}ORILLIA, Ont. - This summer, I was among 39 lucky applicants chosen by the Knights of Columbus for a life-changing week of faith, fun and friendship.

Fund-raiser an international sign of love

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Youth members of the International Catholic lay movement Focolare will host a variety show to raise money for Zilma School in Haiti.

The true value of suffering

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{mosimage}The same day we learned the details of the pending book of Mother Teresa’s personal correspondence, including the much publicized “dark letters,” news spread about the suicide attempt of a celebrity. I won’t speculate that their trials were similar in nature. But their two very opposite responses to suffering are certain: the actor tried — and, thank God, failed — to flee it. Blessed Teresa, as we’re learning from released excerpts of Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, dove headfirst into her meeting with darkness.

Children's aid scholarships offer hope for children

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Lucy Anacleto was abused by her parents as a child. To escape the abuse, her two older sisters left home, leaving the then seven-year-old alone with her parents.

Discovering diversity

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{mosimage}TORONTO - Samantha Persaud and Janani Jeyaraman accepted the Discover Diversity Award Aug. 28 at the University of Toronto Multifaith Centre on behalf of Blessed Mother Teresa Secondary School.

Music fest brings Christians together

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{mosimage}DARIEN LAKE, N.Y. - Kingdom Bound is a full-time, year-long Protestant ministry with a strong Catholic presence that puts on concerts in Ontario and upstate New York as well as the annual summer festival here at Six Flags amusement park. This summer’s festival ran from Aug. 5 to 8.

Student’s program teaches autistic kids

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{mosimage}BURLINGTON, Ont.  - What started off as a simple attempt to help her autistic cousin learn to read and write turned into a computer program fully equipped with music, animations, bright colours and love.

Catholic School of Evangelization passes on Catholic heritage

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{mosimage}ST. MALO, Man. - Talitha Lemoine was an average 12-year-old Catholic, becoming disinterested in Mass, when she first heard about the Catholic School of Evangelization (CSE) in St. Malo. She attended several summer and winter camps there, before eventually becoming a counsellor.

Keeping faith alive through studying the dead

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{mosimage} TORONTO - Intrigued by a candlelit basement chapel filled with Gregorian chant and burning incense, 11 teens gathered at St. Francis de Sales Church in Newark, Ohio, for what would become the first Dead Theologians Society meeting.