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Food Force gameTORONTO - Catholic students across Ontario might soon play computer games inside the classroom instead of outside.

Julie Marshall, Canadian communications consultant for the United Nations World Food Program, has approached more than 20 Catholic school boards in Ontario about including Food Force in school curriculums.

Students teach students about the faith

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NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - When Thomas Parente found out that St. Pius X parish in North Vancouver was in need of catechism teachers, he willingly signed up to spend Tuesday nights with a group of Grade 6 students.

Walking lightly on the earth

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Jerome BiolloCALGARY  - Jerome Biollo tries to do his part to reduce his human footprint on the earth. When Biollo, a 25-year-old geologist, moved into his new home in February 2005 in northwest Calgary, he got into the habit of recycling and composting. He also installed energy-saving light bulbs throughout his entire house and a programmable thermostat to regulate room temperature.

Saskatchewan Newman Centre turns 80

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SASKATOON, Sask.  - St. Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus celebrates an important anniversary this year as the college's Newman Centre turns 80 years old. Since 1926, it has served as a Catholic presence on campus, fostering the spiritual growth of the students there.

Focolare - New Generation seeks God

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FocolareLogoTORONTO - Miso soup, sushi and a pad thai noodle dish is an average lunch menu for a household of four first-generation Canadians and one international student.   

Youth help build new parish

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SUDBURY, Ont. - When Matthew Schouten found out his parish church was closing and merging with another, he immediately decided he would lend a helping hand. The 18-year-old was one of many young people who came together to create a brand new place of worship for their small town of Espanola, 45 minutes outside of Sudbury in the diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

Young women sail aboard the Queenship

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HALIFAX - When the doorbell rings on a rainy Saturday evening in mid-October, three enthusiastic young women, along with the smell of a homemade salmon casserole, welcomed me through the doors of the Queenship House. It’s a community for young Catholic lay women, currently home to Cristina Tersigni, 26, Jen MacDonald, 32, Ania Szymanska, 20, and Katherine McGee, 19.

Students welcomed into sacred circle

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 EDMONTON - It’s not every day that students earn marks for attending Mass at an aboriginal parish. But Angela Bokenfohr, a theology student at St. Joseph’s College on the University of Alberta campus, is doing just that.

Homelessness seen through teens’ lens

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Arianne Villa & Audrey NaluzBRAMPTON, Ont. - A movie about the realities of the homeless is not a subject most Hollywood directors dream about filming, but it was an obvious choice for 15-year-olds Audrey Naluz and Arianne Villa.

Moose Jaw school’s labyrinth a path to God

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MOOSE JAW, Sask. - A group of citizens from Moose Jaw is hard at work building a unique project at Vanier Collegiate, Moose Jaw’s only Catholic  high school. An outdoor stopping station labyrinth, a pathway that one follows while reflecting and stopping for prayer, is halfway through its construction phase.

GTA students to get Holocaust lesson

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TORONTO - There aren’t many Holocaust survivors left, but Catholic schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area are making sure as many of their students as possible have the chance to meet people who lived through the genocide.