Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

The doors may be locked at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Elora, Ont., but Christ is still open and welcoming parishioners.

It’s not been difficult for Fr. John Mullins to practise social distancing in his ministry at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Perhaps the frustrations of being a priest in a time of pandemic can be no better summed up than in the anguish that followed the slaughter of 22 people in Nova Scotia.

Cash-strapped dioceses across Canada have been applying for assistance through federal programs but they don’t expect to see any money until at least June.

Being isolated and away from friends and extended family can take its toll on anyone, but imagine being 18, pregnant or recently given birth, or coping with mental health issues or other societal complications.

A Dutch court ruling that green lights the killing of dementia patients incapable of giving consent is a prelude to what Canada could face under a proposed new law, fear euthanasia opponents.

It isn’t just during a time of pandemic that the world has an overwhelming need for hope. It’s something that is always on the agenda in Ontario’s Catholic schools, says Anne O’Brien.

Health restrictions preventing anything beyond small gatherings should not keep people from grieving a loss, particularly for an event as terrible as the mass slaughter of 22 innocents in Nova Scotia, say grief counsellors.

As provinces phase in plans to restart economies by gradually reopening some businesses and public spaces, re-opening churches will be no walk in the park.

Pallium Canada has teamed up with the Canadian Medical Association to help health care workers gain accelerated and enhanced palliative care skills.