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It’s now Canada’s 150th birthday and we Canadians are celebrating 150 years of Canadian Confederation. You can’t talk about the Catholic Church’s contribution to Canada over the past 150 years without looking at these 5 interesting facts that have made Canada uniquely Catholic. ...read more
 "We stand in unity with you in this time of terrible tragedy, as you stand on holy ground, ground marred today by horrific violence," said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "We ask the Lord for healing of those injured, His loving care of those who have died and the consolation of their families. We must come to the firm determination that there is a fundamental problem in our society. ...read more
A court in France has ordered a cross to be removed from a statue of Saint Pope John Paul II. stating that its “presence in a public location, is illegal. ...read more
Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, and victims of all terror attacks around the world, condemning harshly, the murder of innocent people in the name of God. ...read more
The Pope’s apostolic trip to Myanmar is just under four weeks away and already church leaders in that country are expressing some anxiety about what the Pope may or may not say in particular they are hoping that he doesn’t say the R-word. ...read more
Now here in Canada, members of the Canadian Pediatric Society are “increasingly” being asked by parents, about the option of physician assisted suicide for children and in a recent survey among its members, is finding a growing support for expanding the assisted-suicide law to include children. ...read more
It’s not everyday that the six person crew of the International Space Station gets a video call from earth, and certainly not from the Pope. But that’s exactly what happened earlier today when the Pope himself, made a historic call to the crew, that's orbiting earth about 400 kms directly above us. ...read more
A new Quebec law on state neutrality on religion is under fire as many deem it "discriminatory" against some Muslim women. Bill 62, officially adopted Oct. 18, requires that from now on, public services will not be given and received to any person whose face is covered. ...read more
Sister Kathleen Schipani, director of the office for persons with disabilities at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was one of the participants at the conference and she revealed that she has designed an app to teach religious terms and prayers in American Sign Language ...read more
The Pope sent a very special video message to the Canadian youth who participated in a nationally televised forum on the theme: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, in preparation for the 2018 Synond of Bishops in Rome. In his message, the Pope called on young Canadians to fill the world with the joy that comes from the Gospel by "building bridges" through relationships marked "by trust, by sharing, by openness even to the ends of the world."  ...read more