SHERBROOKE, Quebec -- A Quebec Superior Court judge authorized a class action against a Catholic religious group once heralded for its ability to foster vocations, opening the way for people who claim to have been physically, spiritually, or psychologically abused within the organization to join the legal case.

App looks to catch mental health issues early

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Emmanuel Akindele is working on an app to monitor mental-health concerns among youth in the hope it will keep children safe online now and into the future.   

Film captures story of 'Enduring Faith'

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

To understand what it means to be Catholic in North America, one must also understand the story of the Indigenous peoples of the land. That is the message behind the new documentary Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholics, produced by the Knights of Columbus.

Understanding ‘synodality’

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Church governance is not about command and control. It’s about who we are and who we aspire to be as a Christian community, as the body of Christ. Since 2013, Pope Francis has been teaching this lesson in all that he does and says. Lately he’s been saying synodality just about every time he opens his mouth.

Non-profits optimistic better days to come

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- Despite the continuing economic disruption of the COVID pandemic, most Canadian non-profits are optimistic that better days are ahead.

Bishops remain hopeful about Indigenous reconciliation

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- Canada’s bishops remain hopeful that a planned meeting in the Vatican with Indigenous leaders and the Pope will lead to further reconciliation despite the leader of the largest Indigenous organization in Canada saying she will not go to the Vatican.

Montreal archbishop's ombudswoman issues first report on abuse complaints

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MONTREAL -- Since May 5, 2021, the phone has been ringing at least once a day at the home of Marie Christine Kirouack, the Montreal lawyer to whom Archbishop Christian Lépine has entrusted the responsibility of receiving all complaints of abuse and inappropriate behavior committed by priests, staff members and volunteers of the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Serving up a dish of sustainability

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Concerned about the impact of plastic waste on our environment, Anne-Marie Bonneau set out to cut her family’s garbage to nothing.

Course seeks new relations with Indigenous

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

As students filter back onto campus, one small group of first-year students at the University of St. Michael’s College will be thrust into one of the most difficult, uncomfortable and important problems this nation faces.

Two million meals... and counting

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Despite challenges imposed by COVID-19, school feeding program Mary’s Meals has hit the significant milestone of feeding two million hungry children every school day.

Concerned Catholics seek healing path from sexual abuse

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Ever since the world learned about priests and brothers abusing orphan boys at Mount Cashel, for 40 years Canada’s Catholics have lived with a public image of their Church as hypocritical and defensive.  As more abuse scandals rumbled across headlines and through the courts, public contempt for the Catholic Church became commonplace. Add onto this mountain of shame all that we’ve learned lately about Indian residential schools.