As the world focuses most of its attention on Syria, East Africa and its nine million refugees — 26 per cent of the world’s refugee population — is facing another wave of failed states, civil wars and ethnic cleansing.

Nova Scotia-Boston Christmas tree tradition was born out of tragedy

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For the first time, a not-so-little piece of Cape Breton is standing tall in Boston’s downtown this Christmas season, keeping alive a tradition that has its roots in a tragedy that rocked Nova Scotia 99 years ago.

Life & Family Special Section

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Catholic Register's latest special is about life and family. Click here to check out all of our feature stories!

Understanding fertility is key to good marriage

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SURREY,  B.C. – For Dominic and Lisa Price natural family planning is exactly that —natural.

Film steers youth away from porn

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VANCOUVER – Two activists have released a new documentary aiming to expose the prevalence and danger of pornography to youth.

Right to Try offers terminal patients another option

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Jeffrey Perrault can’t bring himself to condemn Bill C-14, the law that opened the door to legalized assisted suicide in Canada. He knows it may be an option he’s forced to consider as his battle with ALS worsens.

Young couple shares their life lessons

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They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, but Michael and Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt never would have guessed that their marital bliss would be cut short by a pile of dirty containers.

Why famed atheist Stephen Hawking is on a pontifical academy

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VATICAN CITY – Stephen Hawking’s visit to the Vatican this week has raised curiosity, with some asking what exactly the famed astrophysicist and self-proclaimed atheist was doing in the heart of the Catholic Church.

Standing Rock anti-pipeline activists see Pope Francis as spiritual ally

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STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. – Does Pope Francis have a position on the Dakota Access Pipeline?