With COVID-19 death tolls and hospitalization numbers a staple on the news daily, the past two years have forced many to consider the inevitable.

Beware of pitfalls in charitable giving

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Many well-meaning individuals who intend to make a gift to charity or a charitable purpose in a Will have their wishes defeated for a number of reasons. Set out below are some common pitfalls.

Globetrotter leaving it all to archdiocese

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Adventurous, diverse and remarkable would be three apt words to describe Lili Khayatt’s life.

Do your due diligence when donating gifts

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Many people looking to donate artwork and items in that vein to the Church or their parish come with the best of intentions, bearing gifts they believe hold incredible value — monetary or spiritual — but it’s not always the case.

A life of giving continues beyond the grave

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My mother, Marina D’Souza, was born in India, the third of five daughters. She was a sensitive and empathetic child, a trait that would serve her well in her future career.

The many ways of giving

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An estate gift to your parish or favourite charity can be your way of expressing what was important in your life. Here are some ways people can remember charities in their estate plan (and it’s a good idea to let them know so it can be noted in their files).

Dealing with grief in changing world

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As restaurants, theatres and stadiums open up again, and as daily COVID case counts dwindle across most of the country, the Canadian Grief Alliance estimates that as many as 4.5 million of us are grieving one or more of nearly half-a-million deaths we have experienced in the last 20 months, nearly 29,000 of them directly from COVID.

Women religious on university front lines

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Higher education for Catholic women has been a fight, and it was the sisters on the front lines.

Catechetical program a COVID blessing

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Dr. Christine Schintgen credits divine providence for the introduction of the new two-year online Catechetical Certificate program for mature students at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College.

King’s Veritas Lecture series challenges paradigms

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In a world that is arguably becoming more depleted of humanity and solidarity, King’s University College in London, Ont., is providing a countering antidote via its Veritas Lecture Series for Faith and Culture.

Religion and vaccine hesitancy in COVID world

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While the vast majority of the public has been compliant with safety measures in dealing with the pandemic, resistance to vaccination mandates, mask rules and other requirements has been high among ultra-conservative Catholic and evangelical groups.