Spitzer plots steady course as new leader of Toronto’s Catholic Family Services

Taking on a new role in life comes with its challenges, but Brenda Spitzer steps into Catholic Family Services of Toronto with the knowledge she will be following along a steady path laid down by her predecessors for almost a century. 

Spitzer takes over as executive director of Catholic Family Services on Jan. 21, assuming the mantle from the recently retired Denis Costello, who stepped down as executive director just before Christmas. Spitzer senses she is taking over at an agency that works smoothly and works well.
“Denis has really created a wonderful culture of collaboration,” said Spitzer, who has a long

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Canadians urged to share World Youth Day joy

The message to Canadian pilgrims at World Youth Day was clear: Get on social media and share the Good News.

“Don’t be shy,” World Youth Day Canada co-ordinator Isabel Correa told more than 500 Canadians gathered Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Panama on Jan. 22.
“Sometimes we like to live privately and we’re afraid to share on social media and identify who we are. That’s our mission here, to break all those barriers and share as much as possible.”
Correa’s advice to Canada’s pilgrims came on Day 1 of the 15th edition of World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands youth from around

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‘Go home and do more for God’, Panama prelate says to young pilgrims who share same challenges

PANAMA CITY – If there was a common denominator, aside from the Christian faith, that united most pilgrims heading to the opening Mass for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, it was that each person, in his or her own way, faced a challenge back home. Pilgrims from places such as El Salvador, Zimbabwe and the Dominican Republic spoke of increasing violence, political or otherwise, threatening their general populations. Others from places such as Australia and the United States spoke of growing secularism affecting the religious beliefs of their peers.And yet, almost every one of them wore a smile and

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Marginalized indigenous youth take centre stage at World Youth Day 2019

PANAMA CITY – One thing is clear about World Youth Day 2019: This one is not focused on convening great masses of people, or the most influential or the loudest. Instead of highlighting the problems faced by youth in the world’s richest or most populous countries, one of its first events focused on the plight of populations most of the world rarely sees or comes across: the indigenous.Edigibali Lopez, 24, and Enith Sanchez, 23, members of two different indigenous communities in Panama, spoke from experience about the loss of ancestral lands, the negative impact of climate change on their communities

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Our Tribal Warfare

We have already all heard enough – and more than enough – about the Covington Catholic boys involved in one of the morality plays that social media these days conjure up instantly, out of thin air. White Catholic boys wearing MAGA hats, marching in Washington to end abortion, from a “prep” school in the South? They just had to be racists and smugly affirming “white privilege.” And don’t forget: denying women reproductive rights.
So what, in reality, began near the Lincoln Memorial as an attack on the boys by Black Hebrew activists calling them “faggots” and worse (it’s on the tape); followed

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Planned Parenthood’s “business” boom

Planned Parenthood has released its annual report, showing an increase in abortions and profits even as its number of adoption referrals has fallen. The largest abortion provider in the U.S. turned a profit of nearly $250 million, a 150 percent increase, according to its own accounts.
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Notre Dame says Goodbye Columbus

The University of Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, announced Sunday he has decided to obscure murals depicting the life and work of Christopher Columbus that have adorned the plaster walls of the school’s Main Building ever since Luigi Gregori painted them in the late 1880s. Columbus, Jenkins says, represents “exploitation, expropriation of land, repression of vibrant cultures, enslavement, and new diseases causing epidemics that killed millions.”
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