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Toronto to join in canonization ceremonies

TORONTO - Before the sun rises on April 27, celebrations to honour the canonizations of Blesseds Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will have already begun in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Prayer, charity surround John XXIII, John Paul II being declared saints

VATICAN CITY - The rite of canonization for Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27 will use the standard formula for the creation of new saints, but the Mass will be preceded by the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, and it is possible retired Pope Benedict XVI will attend, the Vatican spokesman said.

Rome taking no chances with canonization plans

ROME - Rome city officials expect approximately three million people to gather April 27 for the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II; that’s way too many people to watch the event near the Vatican, so they suggest the alternative of watching by the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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Police actions hamper Jerusalem celebrations

JERUSALEM - Palestinian Christian institutions charged that Israeli police security measures during Holy Week and Easter hamper access by Christian pilgrims to holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Ukrainian tradition helps out good causes

TORONTO - For the local artisans who belong to Kosa Kolektiv, making pysanky — Ukrainian Easter eggs — is a way to share the skills passed down from generation to generation of Ukrainians.

Easter services are a go for St. Elias

BRAMPTON, ONT. - Despite their church being in ruins following a devastating fire, the parish community at St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church still plan to gather and celebrate Easter together.

Archdiocese opens up its confessionals

TORONTO - More than 200 churches in the GTA opened their doors to receive thousands of repentants on April 9 as the Archdiocese of Toronto held a Day of Confessions in preparation for Easter.

Thousands travel Via Dolorosa to follow Jesus’ steps

JERUSALEM - With Easter upon us, millions of Catholics around the world have taken part in the Stations of Cross during the Lenten season. While many people prayed the stations in their local parish, each year thousands leave their communities to experience the real thing: the Via Dolorosa.

Holy Saturday’s stillness foreshadows something bigger

Holy Saturday can be a rich day, full of spiritual contemplation that can be used to prepare for Easter Sunday.

Children’s contest proclaims Easter joy

One of the blessings of Easter we enjoy at The Catholic Register is reviewing the sketches and paintings from elementary school children who enter our annual Easter drawing contest.

Protestantism’s ‘fatal flaw’ draws Lutheran to Catholic Church

EDMONTON - After almost 60 years as a Lutheran, Fr. Joseph Jacobson entered the Catholic Church.

Following his conversion, he prepared and privately published a 68-page volume titled A Gift of Love, The Joys and Treasures of a New Catholic. Its purpose is to give a serious account of why he became Catholic, and what he learned and experienced afterwards.

Helping find God’s place for you

TORONTO - For the past two years, Jennifer Ellis has been spending Saturday afternoons in good company.

Looking after spiritual needs in the golden years

TORONTO - Sr. Mary Rose Marrin is attempting to fill a ministry gap in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a demographic that is continuing to grow: those reaching their golden years.