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Vatican says Pope Francis willing to visit Canada as Indigenous leaders seek apology

The Vatican says Pope Francis is willing to visit Canada, as Indigenous leaders call on him apologize for the Catholic Church's role in residential schools. The Vatican said in a statement that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invited Francis to travel to Canada in the 'context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.'

Pope Francis leads the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Merck agrees to let other drug makers make its COVID-19 pill

Pharmaceutical company Merck agreed to allow other drug makers to produce its COVID-19 pill, in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially life-saving drug, a United Nations-backed public health organization said on Wednesday.

Beef a bigger challenge than oil and gas when it comes to tackling methane emissions

As Canada doubles down on efforts to reduce harmful methane emissions, experts say one of the trickiest hurdles standing in the way is the burping cow. Methane accounts for just 13 per cent of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions, but because it is better than carbon dioxide at trapping heat it is believed to be responsible for at least one-third of global warming recorded to date.

PM Trudeau names new ministers to several key files in sizable cabinet shakeup

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has considerably shaken up his cabinet roster, naming new ministers to key portfolios including defence, health, foreign affairs, and environment, while adding in a handful of rookies as he forges ahead with a third mandate. Gender parity has been restored, there is new emphasis on regional development agencies. Overall there are 39 members of the new cabinet.