Toronto Auxiliary Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick suprised Pope Francis Catholic Elementary School in Kleinburg, Ont. June 16 with a special present directly from the Vatican.

Ontario conscience rights case now in judges’ hands

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TORONTO – Three days and nearly two dozen lawyers arguing the broad principles and technical details of constitutional law before a three-judge has panel left Christian Medical and Dental Society executive director Deacon Larry Worthen “cautiously optimistic.”

Priest who had spina bifida dies while on holiday

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Just a year after his extraordinary ordination and while celebrating a friend’s ordination in British Columbia, Fr. Trevor Plug has died.

Homeless youth prime target for trafficking

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Canada’s homeless youth population is younger and more diverse than their American counterparts, but they are just as vulnerable of becoming trafficking victims.

Schools move to fight opioid overdoses

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With opioids now killing two people per day in Ontario, some school boards are preparing to equip staff with the overdose antidote Naloxone.

Sisters of St. Joseph make case to battle poverty

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Given the chance to tell politicians from Ottawa about poverty, Sr. Sue Mosteller didn’t want to argue about economics.

Anti-porn advocates disappointed by health committee’s report on violent porn

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OTTAWA – Anti-porn advocacy groups expressed disappointment in the report by the House of Commons health committee on the public health effects of violent and degrading pornography.

Pro-life club fights U of Alberta in court for allowing mob to suppress opinion

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OTTAWA – A University of Alberta pro-life club is fighting a growing trend on campuses to allow mobs to suppress unpopular opinion, says the group representing it in a court battle.

Ontario conscience rights case goes to court

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TORONTO – In historic Osgoode Hall, 17 lawyers along with eight banker boxes of documents were arrayed three benches deep in front of Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel, Justice Richard A. Lococo and Justice Wendy W. Matheson before lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos made his opening arguments on behalf of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and in favour of the Charter right of doctors to practice medicine according to their conscience.

Two Canadians appointed to Pontifical Academy for Life

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VATICAN CITY – Two Canadians are among the group appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Life on June 13.

Ontario judge opens access to abortion statistics

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OTTAWA – An Ontario Superior Court judge has struck down a section of an Ontario law censoring the release of abortion statistics.