Tag Archives: religion

Worldwide virtual prayer rally to be held for ‘Canada’s rabbi’ after cancer diagnosis

OTTAWA, Ill. — For a man who has devoted his life to promoting kindness, a diagnosis of advanced-stage cancer in his pancreas and liver might seem the unkindest cut of all.  But Rabbi Reuven Bulka, often dubbed "Canada's rabbi," says he

12 Pakistani police fired for not protecting Hindu temple

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities sacked a local police chief and 11 other policemen for failing to protect a Hindu temple that was set on fire and demolished last month by a mob led by hundreds of supporters of a

Alleged Montreal synagogue vandal charged with attempted arson, uttering threats

MONTREAL — A 28-year-old man has been charged with trying to commit arson and for uttering threats after a major synagogue in Montreal was defaced Wednesday with anti-Semitic graffiti. Adam Riga, 28, of Montreal, appeared in court Thursday by video con...

Legal group fights B.C. government’s COVID-19 rules on protests and places of worship

VANCOUVER — A legal advocacy group is challenging the British Columbia government's COVID-19 restrictions on worship services and public protests, arguing they violate people's rights and freedoms.  A petition filed by the Justice Centre for Constituti...

Argentine Senate weighs fate of abortion in pope’s homeland

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The decades-long fight by Argentine women’s groups for legal abortion was being decided by the Senate in a debate that spilled into the early hours of Wednesday before a vote that could change the outlook for

Judge dismisses application for injunction against Alberta’s COVID-19 rules

CALGARY — A judge rejected a request Monday from two Alberta churches and three individuals to temporarily suspend selected public-health rules to "save Christmas." The measures limit Christmas celebrations to individual households, restrict weddings a...

Quebec government lawyers tell court Bill 21 is not a violation of freedoms

MONTREAL — The Quebec government does not believe its secularism law violates freedom of religion, but rather it serves to frame it, one of its lawyers told a court Wednesday. As those defending the law began final arguments in the court

Manitoba loosens some COVID-19 restrictions, allows drive-in church services

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is extending its COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings and business operations into January, but is loosening a handful of rules, most notably on drive-in church services. The current public health order, which b...

Manitoba judge rules church can’t hold drive-in services forbidden by health order

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba judge rejected a church's request Saturday to hold drive-in services despite the province's COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings and in-person religious events. "The onus that an applicant must meet to obtain a stay of legis...

Winnipeg church to find out Saturday if it can hold drive-in services during pandemic

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba judge has agreed to hold a special hearing Saturday to determine whether a Winnipeg church can hold drive-in services despite a ban under the province's COVID-19 restrictions. Springs Church and two of its pastors have already bee...