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It’s no surprise that activities like video streaming, baking, craft making and home workouts have experienced a considerable uptick in popularity since Canada went into quarantine.

Amid pandemic chaos, a new life emerges

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Managing pregnancy in the midst of a global pandemic can add a lot of anxiety to what is often already an emotionally sensitive time for expecting parents. 

Gianna volunteers step up in crisis

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CALGARY -- The easiest option for Vera Fischer when COVID-19 struck would have been to simply close the doors at the Gianna Centre.

Acts of kindness and courage

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The suffering caused by COVID-19 has been met by an outpouring of caring and compassion from communities and Catholic organizations worldwide.

Hospital chaplains: First ... and last responders

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EDMONTON -- The call came from the intensive care unit at the University of Alberta Hospital. The patient had a presumptive case of the COVID-19 virus. He was hurting in body and in spirit. And he was alone.

Medical student comes to aid of homeless

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CALGARY -- When the University of Alberta in Edmonton ceased campus activities in response to COVID-19, Virginia Goetz immediately looked around for an opportunity to aid Albertans most vulnerable to the pandemic.

Fast work keeps seniors out of harm’s way

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VANCOUVER -- As Canada tops 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, a distressing figure has emerged: more than 80 per cent of the COVID-19 deaths have been seniors living in long-term care homes.

Gerty delivers hot food and plenty of smiles

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As a valued volunteer with the Loyola Arrupe Centre for Active Living for close to six years, Gerty Ryza is good at a lot of things, not the least of which is putting a smile on people’s faces.

Isolation puts family ‘bubble’ in spotlight

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EDMONTON -- Brad and Arynn Abercrombie and their five kids are isolating, but not isolated.

Song of thanks strikes the right chord

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Shawn Brady sees the heroes every day he walks into Providence Healthcare in Toronto’s east end, and has for years.

Sharing a journey

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Being a hospital chaplain during a pandemic means finding ways to deal with constant suffering.