TORONTO – Citing the addictive and potentially destructive nature of gambling, Cardinal Thomas Collins has expressed "real concerns" about an Ontario government proposal to open more casinos and slot machines and to take its lottery business online.
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OTTAWA – A network of anti-euthanasia groups in Quebec has condemned a National Assembly committee report supporting euthanasia as a "profound act of political betrayal."
PORTLAND, ORE. – Amid a thrum of commercialism, an amiable priest waits patiently. His hope is to talk about faith and life with anyone who takes an interest.
A Vatican-appointed investigation of the Church in Ireland recognized serious shortcomings in the handling of accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet found that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an "excellent" job in creating safe environments for children today.
The Dutch Church has pledged to fully cooperate with investigations into reported claims that Catholic institutions castrated boys and young men in their care to rid them of homosexuality.
Pope Benedict has named a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican's health care council.
A church-backed report has documented rising anti-Christian prejudice in Europe, despite calls for fairer legislation and measures to curb discrimination.
Clean and potable water is a human right, not a for-profit commodity dependent on market logic, said the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in a recent document.
A prominent victim of clerical sex abuse has rejected the Polish church's stance that it is following a zero-tolerance policy toward priests and offers moral support for victims.
The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said government-backed legislation to transfer control of key national Christian shrines to the Orthodox Church was "a clear threat to the interdenominational peace and agreement established in our state during recent years.