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It’s one heartbreaking story after another. Thousands of indigenous women and girls in Canada are murdered or go missing; too often families are left without answers. Grieving a loss is one thing, but injustice compounds the grief. […] Read More

When it comes to interfaith dialogue, churches need to act more like 10-year-olds, learning to weave discussions of faith and practice between religions with the ease and fluidity one sees in the playground. […] Read More

Canada’s First Nations schools sought to civilize children from indigenous people with their mission to “kill the Indian in the child” – a story so common to many cultures that one can grow numb. […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria, saying students who leave school for prayers at a mosque typically don’t return to school. For the past three years, some 300 Muslim students at Valley Park Middle School have been allowed […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) A group of Catholic and Jewish parents is taking the province of Quebec to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers. The parents say a Quebec policy that prohibits religious instruction in government subsidized daycare centers contravenes the federal and provincial charters of rights, according to a […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) The mayor of a Quebec town says he will appeal a decision by a human rights tribunal that bans prayer at city council and ordered him to remove a crucifix from the council’s chambers. Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay said he will refuse to heed the judgment from the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal that […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS/ENInews) Decrying the “sex-saturated world of contemporary Western culture,” Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging church members—married and single—to live chastely. In an eight-page pastoral letter released last month, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops urged young Canadians to dress modestly, to choose uplifting entertainment and to seek the Sacrament of Confession regularly. Catholics […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) Ontario’s highest court has ruled that female witnesses may testify in court while wearing a face-covering burqa or niqab, but such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the presiding judge. In a 3-0 ruling released Wednesday (Oct. 13), the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that witnesses’ right to freedom of […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) One of Canada’s top Eastern Orthodox hierarchs has resigned his duties and been granted a leave of absence following allegations by police of “misconduct” going back decades. Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa, who has jurisdiction over all of Canada for the New York-based Orthodox Church in America, requested and was granted a leave of […] Read More

(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America, the largest Muslim group in the U.S. and Canada, on Tuesday (Sept. 28) named a gregarious Sudanese-born Virginia imam as its new president. Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the 5,000-family All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Va., will succeed outgoing president Ingrid Mattson, who in 2006 […] Read More