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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.

Get off the intolerant train

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I used to spend my time glaring at people who talked on their cell phones while I tried to sleep on the commuter train I ride to work five days a week. I would cringe when I heard someone popping their bubble gum or chewing it with an open mouth. I have to admit that sometimes I still do.

Kayley Collum, Catholic Register Special

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Every few years I get the opportunity to visit my grandparents’ cabin in the small town of Hope, B.C. Just a few hours from Vancouver, the cabin itself may not seem like much to the average citizen, but to my relatives and myself it is a reflection of hard work, perseverance, fond memories and family.

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.

Life is for living

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I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s The Pact and felt that it really hit home hard. Although it’s fiction, it dealt with real issues teenagers face every day.

Life is for living

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I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s The Pact and felt that it really hit home hard. Although it’s fiction, it dealt with real issues teenagers face every day.

Be careful with the words you choose

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OMG. This tiny, seemingly harmless acronym is just one variation of a phrase that has invaded our everyday lives, from conversation to television scripting to instant messaging.

We need to have respect for all

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As I was sitting in on a group discussion, the topic of same-sex relationships arose. The majority of people in the discussion were Catholic and all had pretty strong opinions on the subject. This is to be expected, though what is not to be expected was some of the rude and hurtful comments I heard in that conversation. The fact that someone I know is gay was sitting right beside me made the whole experience that much worse.

Mingled minorities

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When I was three years old, I was unable to organize my thoughts and speak either French or English. My dad spoke to my brother and me only in French. My mom spoke to us in English.