Anna Farrow

Anna Farrow

The appointment of a Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) provider as Interim Clinical Director of Palliative Care at a Catholic hospital in Ontario has provoked renewed concern about the future of Catholic health care in Canada.

Less than 24 hours before her departure for Portugal on July 13, Isabel Correa, national coordinator for the Canadian delegation to World Youth Day (WYD), appeared to exemplify something of the Biblical verse that is the theme for this year’s pilgrimage, “Mary arose and went with haste.”

Strong and active faith in God helps put more religious Canadian women in the family way, says a new report from think tank Cardus.

Parish stood, and stands, at centre of remembering the 47 taken too soon.

Just a little more than six months after Fr. Kevin Kelly SJ cleared the rooms and locked the doors for what he thought was the last time at a former Jesuit retreat house in Montreal, he and his team have now scrambled to prepare the Old Villa to once again welcome Ukrainians to Canada.

I have just returned from a week singing under the California sun. Not favourite lyrics from the Beach Boys though, but Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets. Along with 74 other choristers, choir directors and organists who attended a Sacred Music Symposium hosted by St. John the Baptist Parish in Orange County, I return to my home parish eager to put into practice what I have learned.

Christian and pro-life groups have postponed their three-day prayer meeting in Quebec City after the provincial government ripped up a rental contract because of false reports the event was an anti-abortion gathering.

Three years ago, Fr. Rob Brennan told his students at Loyola High School that the only vocational aspiration that remained to him was a “good death.” Now, as he lies in his hospice bed at the Jesuit residence in Pickering, Ont., Brennan’s friends, family and Jesuit confreres are united in prayer that he should be granted such an end.

Quebec’s legislature has delivered a triple-whammy expansion of so-called medical aid in dying (MAiD) that includes obliging all palliative care facilities in the province to offer doctor-supplied end of life.

Montreal Catholics again made their presence real in the heart of the city June 8, heeding Archbishop Christian Lépine’s call to make Christ the heart of their world.