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OMAHA, Neb. - Working to establish and build a business that would become one of the largest discount brokerages in the United States — TD Ameritrade — Joe Ricketts found some 20 years ago he was drifting away from the Catholic faith and values that formed him growing up in Nebraska City.

Carmelite invokes Elijah at retreat for Pope and Curia

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VATICAN CITY - Just as the people they preach to must be reawakened to God, so to must the Church’s pastors — right up to those holding the highest positions in the Church — a Carmelite priest told Pope Francis and members of the Curia at their recent retreat.

Dominicans celebrate their 800th birthday

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When you get to your 800th birthday there’s more than a cake involved. The 800th anniversary of the Dominican order will call the “Hounds of the Lord” (Domini Canes in Latin) to Toronto to study, pray and preach.

Easter parade of winners in Register art contest

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Lakeisha Angelous Ginanena has always loved to draw but now he thinks it may be something to pursue seriously and take, as he says, “to the next level.”

Camp Vincent, where superheroes come out to play

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This summer children at Camp Vincent can cast off the shackles of life and spend a week living as superheroes.

Camp memories will last a lifetime

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Packing your child up and shipping them off to camp away from everything familiar might be one of the most lasting gifts a parent can give a child.

Teen Ranch stays true to its Christian roots

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Over the past 48 years, generations of teens have been introduced to their faith at Teen Ranch Canada. Ann Stevens, who is now in charge of staff development at the Caledon, Ont., ranch and a former camper herself, is one of these people. She was 13 years old when she and her sister first came to the Christian camp in the early 1970s.

Once again, a Church is martyred

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TORONTO - With anywhere between 240 and 350 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS as it swept up Syria’s Al Khabour River in late February — quickly taking the villages of Tal Shamiran, Tal Tawil, Al Hourmiz and more villages surrounding the town of Tal Tamer — Assyrian-Canadians are living a bad dream and a recurring one.

The familial ties that bind

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In the end, after 70, 80, 90 years on the planet, chances are the people you will have known best, longest and most thoroughly will be your brothers and sisters. They are the people who came with you into the world out of the same womb.

Musical treasures discovered almost by accident

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TORONTO - Very soon church choirs around the world will have 900 manuscripts of music, most of it lost, forgotten and long out of print, available for free download from the St. Michael’s Choir School web site. The music, almost all of it liturgical and most of it set to Latin texts, was written by Msgr. John Edward Ronan, founder of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Choir School.

Counting the costs of marriage

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For most people marriage, a family — hearth and home — are the keys to a meaningful, successful life. But what if you can’t afford it? What if our economy, our society, is increasingly reserving marriage for a privileged few? What if the gap between rich and poor includes a marriage gap?