From humble beginnings when four of their Sisters arrived in Halifax from New York in the mid-19th century, the Sisters of Charity Halifax are set to mark 175 years of service on May 11.

The Sisters of Charity Halifax have been serving its community’s needs in various ways since the original Sisters arrived in the Nova Scotia capital in 1849. The religious community is using this milestone to acknowledge that today’s Sisters continue to stand on the shoulders of 2,500+ professed Sisters who came before and continue to be with them now.

Former trustee feels vindicated by dicastery’s dignity document


Reading the passages about gender theory written in the new Vatican document Dignitas Infinita (Infinite Dignity) offered Francine Champagne, a former school trustee in Winnipeg, a feeling of vindication. 

Calgary finds sheep returning to flock


Anecdotes, facts and figures spotlighted in the Diocese of Calgary’s 2023 Impact Report, unveiled on April 7, exemplify a Catholic community on the upswing. Based on the data, the most remarkable success story of the previous calendar year was the stupefying rise in sacramental celebrations.

Trustee fights for pro-life flags on Toronto schools


Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee Mike Del Grande hopes that on April 23, almost 200 TCDSB schools and the Catholic Education Centre will get the go ahead to fly the international pro-life flag annually during May.

Health Canada finds no wrong in online abortion pill


Health Canada has determined a Canadian non-profit doesn’t directly distribute drugs despite the organization’s claim to have provided the abortion pill to over 100,000 women. 

Second St. John’s parish merger revoked


For the second time in a month, the Vatican’s Dicastery of the Clergy has ruled St. John’s Archbishop Peter Hundt did not follow the proper canonical procedure in closing and selling a Catholic parish. 

Catholics need better understanding of pediatric palliative care


The health program director for the non-partisan think tank Cardus wants Canadian Catholics to help champion better pediatric palliative care practices.

Rebecca Vachon said that “saturating each parish” with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)’s Horizons of Hope teachings could organically encourage congregants to become effective standard-bearers for pediatric palliative care. The toolkit approaches palliative care through the lens of moral and pastoral theology.

Priests pumped to add voices to synod panel


They have yet to receive an agenda outlining what their Vatican visit will entail, but Fr. Fábio de Souza, Fr. Pierre Ducharme, O.F.M., and Fr. Daniel Ouellet told The Catholic Register they are ready to discern, listen and share at the “Parish Priests for the Synod” international meeting.

Angelo D’Amico shares faith, integrity of legendary father


Angelo D’Amico says he officiated in the National Hockey League the way his father, John, an NHL Hockey Hall of Fame official, taught him: with faith and integrity.

“I can look at my faith and my beliefs as a foundation of where I lead from, and where I come from,” D’Amico told The Catholic Register.

Manitoba looks to bring inclusive prayer to legislature


Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew used the Manitoba Multi-faith Council’s annual leadership breakfast to tell faith leaders he wants to change the prayer recited in the legislature to make it more inclusive.

Oblate Joannes Rivoire passes


Joannes Rivoire, the Oblate priest who was accused of sexually assaulting Nunavut children and teenagers, passed away on April 11 at the age of 93 in France, according to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The late Rivoire departed Canada to his native France on Jan. 16, 1993.