Voices
Dean Dettloff is America's Toronto correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies.
Sister Teresa Forcades. Photo by Emily Briggson.
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The tumult in Catalonia continues. Many Catalans wonder what the future holds for their community. Among them is a rabble-rousing Benedictine nun, Sister Teresa Forcades, one of the most recognizable voices within Catalonia’s independence movement.
Workers collect oil from a stream below the site of an oil pipeline break in 2016 in Wachapea, Peru. Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin. (CNS photo/Barbara Fraser)
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“Will this ombudsperson really be able to provide justice for a community in Guatemala, who has really experienced crimes, including rape, the forced displacement of their community, and murder?”

Canada’s former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to testify in front of the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ms. Wilson-Raybould resigned from her post in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 12 over what she called pressure to go easy on bribery and fraud charges against the Quebec-based multinational engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
Officers of the Bolivarian National Guard clash with residents who cleared a barricaded border bridge attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country, in Urena, Venezuela, near the border with Colombia, on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
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Though not usually seen as a major player in global politics, Canada has taken a leadership role in the Lima Group, which aims to restore “constitutional democracy” in Venezuela.
Teachers and supporters hold signs in the rain during a rally on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. Thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike for the first time in three decades after contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Strikes have likewise been prominent in Canada’s southern neighbor over the last year. Teachers in West Virginia made national headlines when strikes across the state won higher wages from a Republican governor and legislature
The weekly food basket distribution at Romero House
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Many asylum seekers have been housed in hotels or shelters, even as private groups are prepared to help them adjust to life in Canada. In downtown Toronto, however, inspired by the life of a freshly canonized saint, another model has been operating for over 25 years.
A teepee in Ottawa on June 30, 2017, erected as a symbol of rights for indigenous people. (iStock/PaulMcKinnon)
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Carleton University researchers say that Canadian mining companies are taking advantage of anti-terrorism tactics to suppress legitimate political protest.
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Quebec’s far right has been expanding, especially targeting the province’s Muslim community.
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Canada is not innocent when it comes to immigration policies that have the potential to hurt individuals and divide families.
Brother Emmaus O'Herlihy with his depiction of St. Joseph and the infant Jesus
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Brother O'Herlihy says his paintings, which are not intended for galleries but for spaces of worship, are meant to inspire a prayerful dialogue with viewers.