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Churches springing up in ‘secular’ Vancouver

By AGNIESZKA RUCK The B.C. Catholic VANCOUVER — A photographer on the corner of Hastings and Pender Streets in the 1890s could have snapped a photo with as many as four church steeples in view at a time. Towers and high rises have since replaced steeples as dominant features on …

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Using universal law to guide local churches on abuse

By CAROL GLATZCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ latest effort to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable came in the form of a new universal law, Vos estis lux mundi (You are the light of the world), which takes effect …

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The Lord has been my ever present companion, says the bishop on his 50th anniversary

By SHAWN McCARTHY Corerspondent MIRAMICHI — This year marks a dual milestone for Bishop Robert Harris, the 50th anniversary of his ordination, as well as his resignation as bishop of Saint John at age 75. The New Freeman sat down with the bishop to discuss his tenure in ministry, his time …

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Richmond writer overcame critique by Green Gables author

Ninety-two-year-old author and publisher Patricia Stanyer still remembers the first article she ever wrote for print. Stanyer, who lives in Richmond but spent most of her growing-up years on Prince Edward Island, was 12 or 13 years old when she wrote a short story for her school newspaper. The topic …

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Church focus on tradition and truth offers new appeal for young people

By Kyle Greenham Grandin Media The saying goes, ‘If you don’t hear crying, the church is dying.’ A Pew Research study shows that Canada’s church membership is becoming an aging demographic and the number of people identifying as non-religious in Canada is growing, particularly among those under the age of forty. An earlier 2013 study, also by Pew Research, showed …

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New head of Southdown Institute treatment centre helps minister to the ministers

By Michael Swan, Canadian Catholic News The vocation of serving vocations is little understood and rarely appreciated, but it’s something that appealed to Rev. Stephan Kappler like nothing else. “From the beginning I was drawn to the pastoral counselling aspect of pastoral ministry,” said Kappler in his modest office at …

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Missions Accomplished

After 100 years, Scarboro Missions in Toronto is closing its doors, leaving behind a history that touched lives around the world. Started by Father John Mary Fraser to send priests to China, it expanded to many countries. The mission? ‘To make known the love of God that is transforming all …

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Youth make active commitment to  Christ

Submitted by MARTIN ANGELES AMHERST — Couples for Christ – Youth for Christ New Brunswick (CFC YFC NB) conducted a youth camp on October 19 to 21, 2018 at Between the Hearts Renewal Centre in Amherst, Nova Scotia. There were 14 participants of the camp and all of them — …

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Survey reveals half of Canada is religious

Pollster says latest data disproves notion of a secular, nonreligious country The notion that religion is a “dying phenomenon” in a predominantly secular Canada is far from the truth, according to pollster and sociologist Angus Reid. “When I look at Canadian society, I don’t see a vacuous areligious society that …

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