A statue depicting Jesus as a homeless man that the pope blessed last month, has been stolen from outside a Toronto church.
Created by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz, the sculpture, "Jesus the Homeless," was recently cast into the spotlight when Pope Francis blessed it in Vatican City on Nov. 20. After its trip to Rome, the statue was kept outside the Ontario-based Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, before it was taken on Nov. 30.
Maggie Helwig, who pastors the church where the statue was stolen, speculated that the burglary was prompted by individuals looking to make a quick profit. more >>
Toronto's notorious mayor Rob Ford said in a recent interview that has given up drinking after experiencing a "come-to-Jesus" moment. Ford has made headlines lately for his hard-partying lifestyle that includes heavy drinking, smoking crack cocaine, and claims that he consorted with a suspected prostitute.
Shortly after Toronto's city council voted Monday to have Ford stripped of most of his powers, the embattled mayor went on an interview broadcasted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to explain that he had given up drinking and does not do drugs.
"I've had a come-to-Jesus moment, if you want to call it that," Ford told CBC's chief news correspondent Peter Mansbridge, adding that he hasn't drunk alcohol in three weeks and plans to never drink again. "Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I've let down. And it's all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behaviour and that's it." more >>
Sherif Sabaawi, a political activist and a member of the Canadian Liberal Party, warned that the new proposed constitution in Egypt could lead to continued persecution of Copts and other religious minorities.
"The articles in the new Egyptian constitution pave the way for the persecution of Copts, as well as other minorities, in Egypt," Sabaawi said on a statement.
Egypt's Coptic Christians do not seek personal gain, he said, but only call for a civil state where there is equality among citizens. more >>
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who recently admitted to using crack during a "drunken stupor," has been caught in a new video swearing and threatening murder against an unidentified man.
"No holds barred brother. He dies or I die brother," Ford threatens in the video, which first appeared on the Toronto Star's website, and has spread throughout social media and news websites.
"Brother you've never seen me (expletive) go. You think so brother? But when he's down I'll rip his (expletive) throat out. I'll poke his eyes out. I will (expletive) when he's dead, you help make sure that (expletive) is dead," he continues. "I need (expletive) ten minutes to make sure he's dead." more >>
The retiring Archbishop of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, has said that the lack of justice and bad treatment of aboriginals is the most serious issue facing Canadians, something which the church needs to start getting invested in.
"I don't think there is any issue facing Canadians more serious than this one. And I don't think we're taking it that seriously," Archbishop James Weisgerber said, according to Catholic News Service. Pope Francis officially accepted the 75-year old priest's resignation on Monday.
"My concern has got to do with people we have dealt with badly, that we have mistreated, through lots of ignorance and good will, but we have not respected them," he added. more >>
In one of the first large-scale comparisons of the children of same-sex parents to other types of parenting, children raised by gay and lesbian couples were only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those raised in traditional two-parent households, even after controlling for factors such as income and education of the parents.
The study, "High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households," by Douglas W. Allen, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, was published in the newest edition of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household.
Unlike previous studies of same-sex parenting, Allen was able to conduct a large-scale side-by-side comparison of same-sex parenting to other family structures - such as single parents and unmarried opposite sex parents - using the 2006 Canadian census. more >>