Human trafficking has become a billion-dollar industry that is projected to overtake arms sales as the most lucrative illegal business in the world, said international expert Sr. Imelda Poole.

Parish renewal: More disciples, less pot luck


OTTAWA – When it comes to revitalizing Catholic parishes, don’t be afraid to borrow ideas, even from Protestant churches, said an American pastor who tripled his weekend Mass attendance.

Syrian war seen through children’s eyes at Montreal exhibit


MONTREAL – It is war as seen through the eyes of Syria’s children, drawings that depict harrowing scenes of conflict and hopeful yearnings for peace.

Vancouver hosts interfaith service for those affected by opioid crisis


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – As the strains of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" filled the sanctuary of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Vancouver, one by one the people in the pews rose silently. Muffled sobbing could be heard from the back corner of the church as a prayer vigil for those affected by the city's opioid crisis ended.

Ontario conscience rights bill voted down


In a strict party lines vote, a bill that would have shielded doctors and other health care providers from punishment for refusing to refer their patients on for assisted suicide was voted down at Queen’s Park on May 18.

Ottawa’s youth synod consultation draws up wide range of concerns


OTTAWA – With the ubiquitous use of smartphones and computer screens, today’s youth face both immense challenges and opportunities, say Catholic youth leaders.

Health care workers bring case for conscience rights to Ontario legislature


Armed with letters of support from religious community leaders, plus the official positions of the Ontario, Canadian and American Medical Associations, health care professionals descended on Queen’s Park May 18 in support of a Progressive Conservative private members’ bill that would shield doctors from punishment by the College of Physicians and Surgeons and other regulatory bodies if they refuse to refer for medically assisted suicide

Trudeau joins religious leaders at Mass celebrating Montreal's 375th birthday


MONTREAL – Canadian religious leaders were joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other dignitaries at a commemorative high Mass at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal May 17 to mark the founding of Montreal 375 years ago as a Roman Catholic religious colony.

Fr. Irénée Beaubien remembered as a pioneer for ecumenism


MONTREAL – Fr. Irénée Beaubien, the Jesuit who founded what is believed to be the world’s first centre for ecumenism, is being remembered as a progressive theologian and a pioneer.

Toronto students ready for encore soccer camp in Attawapiskat


Anthony Macedo is used to playing soccer with intensity, but nothing prepared the 18-year-old goalkeeper for the emotions that spilled out when his school’s club travelled to Attawapiskat last year.

Speakers at New Evangelization Summit strike note of urgency


OTTAWA – The message is clear: There is a spiritual crisis and an urgent need to share the Gospel.


Pro-life movement is in need of renewal

Peter Stockland writes about the need for Canada's pro-life movement to find alternative approaches.


Pope's homily

A Church without martyrs breeds distrust

Read the latest homily given by Pope Francis.