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From drugs and bikes to the solitude of a monastery

It’s a dramatically different life compared to his own childhood and the wild days of his youth. How does Hieromonk Kraychuk explain the transformation? “It’s the mystery of God’s calling.” 

Catholic schools spend too much on being Catholic, say opponents

“We would be doing a disservice to the citizens of Alberta by not being Catholic in delivering Catholic education,” said Tomkinson, adding that many would consider the religious portions of Catholic schools to be underfunded.

Ontario father loses religious accommodation case

A Greek Orthodox father seeking religious accommodation from a public school board has lost at the Ontario Court of Appeal, despite a majority opinion favoring parental rights.

Good news for religion in survey

Most Canadians respect religion, believe it is relevant and think it benefits society, according to a new poll.
But a religious freedom expert Andrew Bennett is worried about Canada’s acceptance of religion and religious diversity.

Minister pledges full government support of Catholic education in Alberta

David Eggen was upbeat at ACSTA convention, but questions remain about human sexuality education curriculum.

Sex ed should be much more than technical instructions: Bishop Henry to trustees

'Children need help to deal with their sexual urges through self-knowledge & self-control, rather than simply giving it a free reign and hope nobody gets hurt.'

Does prayer do any good in aftermath of mass killings?

Rolheiser said shootings like Sutherland Springs point to the need to address larger social issues, as well as the need to pair prayer with action.

Pope Francis marks All Souls Day at war memorial

"With war, you lose everything," he said.

Calgary man's religious freedom case at Supreme Court

“The state is in no position to be nor should it become the arbiter of religious dogma,” argued David Gnam for the Highwood Congregation.

Edmonton lawyer remembers Blessed Stanley Rother, the shepherd who refused to run away

His name had landed on the death list during the country's civil war because he was taking care of his people, not for political reasons. He gave refuge to parishioners in danger. He searched for the bodies of the missing when their friends and family were too afraid. He wanted the tortured and murdered to have proper burials.

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