Former archbishop to stand trial on sexual assault charges

Archbishop Kenneth William Storheim stepped aside in the fall of 2010 as head of the Canadian diocese of the Orthodox Church in America. (Archdiocese of Canada)

CBC News 19/1/2012 A former Orthodox archbishop has been ordered to stand trial in Winnipeg on sexual assault charges dating back more than 25 years. Following a preliminary inquiry, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench on Wednesday ordered Kenneth William Storheim, 65, to stand trial. Details of the preliminary inquiry cannot be published due to a court-ordered ban. ...

Religious freedoms panel drawn largely from western religions

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, left, met with the Aga Khan, leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, in September to discuss the government's proposed Office of Religious Freedoms. Critics suggest non-Judeo-Christian religions have been under-represented in consultations for the office. (Foreign Affairs photo)

By Louise Elliott, CBC News 7/12/2011 Panellists invited to closed-door consultations on a new Office of Religious Freedom were drawn almost exclusively from western religions, primarily Christianity, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The six official panellists were invited to help lay out parameters for the proposed office during a half-day meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister ...

Ethiopian Church hit by Vandals

CBC News Canada 30/8/2011 Board members of an Ethiopian Christian church in Hammonds Plains, N.S., met Tuesday night after the church's sign was cut down and stolen by vandals. The sign outside St. Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on Hammonds Plains Road had only been up for about six months when it was cut down with a chainsaw Monday ...

Victims of immigration scam stuck in Limbo

CBC News 18/6/2011 Many of the Polish workers at the centre of an alleged Alberta immigration scam are in limbo, according to the lawyer representing them. Ukrainian Orthodox priest John Lipinski of St. Paul, Alta., along with his wife Angela and business partner Calvin Steinhauer, are facing charges for allegedly bringing dozens of workers into the province under ...

Alberta community in shock after priest Charged

Congregation members of Alberta priest John Lipinski are shocked over allegations of immigration fraud. Ukranian Orthodox Church of Canada

CBC News 17/6/2011 Members of a northeastern Alberta community are feeling betrayed and disappointed after a priest was charged with immigration fraud. "It's hard to believe that it could have happened," said Bonnyville-Cold Lake MLA Genia Leskiw. "And it's hard to believe that my parish priest could've been involved in something like that. "It's shocking. We're all in ...

1,000-year-old relic Recovered

CBC News 5/11/2010 An orthodox church in Edmonton is celebrating the safe return of a 1,000-year-old skull fragment believed to belong to Vladimir the Great. The ancient icon was stolen from the home of an Edmonton priest while on loan from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev, Ukraine. The relic, a one-inch-square fragment of a skull, is on ...