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Ecumenical Good Friday Walk: breaking the barrier of Islamophobia

Toronto’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk included Masjid Toronto as a station in a show of support for the Muslim community following the recent increase of Islamophobic incidents in Canada. About 200 participants took part in the annual inter-denominational walk and were greeted at Masjid Toronto by leaders of the mosque – Imam Dr. Wael Shehab and Dr. El-Tantawy Attia – and interfaith leader, Muneeb Nasir. This year, the walk began and ended at the Church of the Holy Trinity and the crowd moved as a procession to stations around the city within walking distance, each set with a different...

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Canadians keep the faith to varying degrees, but few reject it entirely

As Christians around the world prepare for Easter, Hindus and Sikhs for Vaisakhi, and Jews for the conclusion of Passover, a new study from the Angus Reid Institute looks at the anatomy of faith in Canada. Conducted in partnership with Faith in Canada 150, this research builds on previous Angus Reid Institute studies on issues of faith and prayer in Canada today, articulating a continuum of religiosity that finds Canadians much less hostile toward religion than declining church attendances might imply. Indeed, relatively few Canadians could be described as “not religious at all.” Many more express personal belief in...

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Malala Yousafzai receives honorary Canadian citizenship

Malala Yousafzai, the inspirational Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who survived a Taliban bullet in 2012, was granted honorary citizenship on Wednesday by the Canadian government. Malala received the honour during a ceremony at the Canadian Parliament alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and before an audience that included dignitaries, cabinet ministers, members of Parliament and diplomats. Prime Minister Trudeau presented the activist with a framed certificate of citizenship, making her only the sixth person to receive the honour and the youngest ever. The other five honorary Canadian citizens are the Dalai Lama, the Aga Khan, Nelson...

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Canadian Council of Imams issue advisory to Imams about sermons

The Canadian Council of Imams has issued an advisory to Imams concerning the Friday sermon and the religious services. “The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) hereby reminds all congregation leaders and imams, at all facilities of worship, whether permanent or temporary, to uphold the integrity of our faith and responsibility in sermons and supplications,” said the CCI’s statement. “Our sermons (khutbahs) and supplications (duas) are an integral part of the Muslim’s spiritual experience.” “The message, content and delivery of all sermons and supplications must entail the true nature of Islam, which is a message of peace and respect, as...

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Faith Alliance Spirited Citizenship Tour

Faith in Canada 150 held luncheons in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax this past week in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. “The Faith Alliance Network luncheons are designed to encourage the celebration of faith in Canada as part of the overall Canada 150 celebrations,” stated the organization. “We’re building a network of faith based individuals and organizations that plan on celebrating the important role of faith in Canada both this year and every year. We want to help these organizations and individuals inspire, equip, and mobilize their communities to collaborate on unique efforts that tell the story of faith in...

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