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The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro, are a secular endeavour featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit.

From marshy to manicured: Gardens' gruesome past grows into green haven

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VATICAN CITY – Today's lush and immaculately manicured Vatican Gardens were once just a sprawl of mosquito-infested swamps, clay hillsides and hardy grape vines.

Getting at trafficking’s root causes

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TORONTO – It’s not the oldest profession. It’s age-old oppression.

Nature’s beauty, new friends, athletic gifts inspire Steinburg’s journey

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On the longest day of the year, I stood on a mountain trail in the middle of the French Alps a mile above sea level. I had every reason to count my blessings.

Homeless shelter volunteers put wheels in motion

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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Tom Mayhew spins the rear tire of a bicycle secured firmly on a repair rack.

Catholic military chaplains sometimes find peace in a war zone

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SAN DIEGO – It may sound like an oxymoron, but Father Michael A. Mikstay says some of the most peaceful moments of his military chaplaincy have been spent in a war zone.

Child missionary group uses baseball to connect Cubans, Americans

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WASHINGTON – It was the end of a long day of baseball under the late May sun in Santa Clara, Cuba, and Marilyn Santos found an unpainted, dented, wooden baseball bat among the shiny blue and black ones she had brought from the United States.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK

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This week is Ontario's Catholic Education Week. Read all of the The Catholic Register's coverage here.

"Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love)

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Pope Francis released its apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" (The Joy of Love) on Friday, April 8, 2016. Here are all the stories and reactions by The Catholic Register on the Pope's landmark document. 

Refugee office growth meets demand

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TORONTO - As refugees come streaming down the ramp at Pearson International Airport, there are screams, sighs, tears and laughter. Mothers, aunts, fathers, brothers extend their arms to touch, to encircle their daughters, nieces, sons and friends. It’s a mad, mysterious, inspiring breakdown of order and decorum.

Finding mercy in the city

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TORONTO - Ever since Sodom and Gomorrah got their just desserts, no city has enjoyed a reputation for kindness, compassion, tranquility or Christian morality. At best the city is indifferent. More often urban anonymity bleeds into the darkness of sin. There are more sin cities than any other kind of city.