As three separate Indigenous delegations head to Rome for meetings with Pope Francis on March 28, March 31 and April 1, Canada’s Oblate Fathers have announced a deal with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to make more residential school records available, including material that may be archived in Rome and Paris.

Calgary bells ring out for peace in Ukraine

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Church bells rang out across Calgary at noon March 18 to show solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine who have been suffering through the brutal Russian military invasion of their country.

God Squad ushering in a new springtime

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Sean Lynn said he did not have a clear idea of how many men would attend God Squad Canada’s 25th anniversary conference in Calgary on March 18-19. But whatever the turnout, the founder of this organization is just happy to return to face-to-face fellowship for the first time since 2019.

Young Ukrainians have cross to bear

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The Way of the Cross can be and has been explained in many ways, but before the theorizing, theologizing and prayers there is fear and there is pain.

Reconciliation begins with listening

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Without grassroots Catholics, Indigenous-Church relations won’t move forward

Angel Foundation steps up for war refugees

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To meet the anticipated needs of the expected influx of refugee children fleeing Ukraine, the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Angel Foundation, Loretto Fund plans to increase its annual budget from $5,000 to $50,000.

Guiding the discomfiting racism conversation

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Talking about racism can be uncomfortable for some but a new resource aims to help churches navigate those difficult discussions.

St. Patrick returns to Montreal streets

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Montreal’s Irish community will be on its feet again next week with resumption of its St. Patrick’s Day parade — two years after the Great Green blowout was unceremoniously cancelled by COVID-19.

Brescia student aims to diversify dietetics

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In a multicultural society like Canada, the lack of diversity among dieticians has been a major problem, one Esraa Aly Naguib Hassan is working to change.

The humanitarian art of war

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Ivanka Galadza is not the sort of person who ever expected to go to war, nor would any of her Ottawa neighbours pick the slight young woman out as a warrior. But with a pen and a sheet of paper, Galadza can concentrate the strength she inherited from priests and poets who resisted the Soviet empire.

‘We are staying strong together’

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Two weeks into the war in Ukraine, Lily Hordienko, principal at St. Demetrius Catholic School in Etobicoke, received a phone call from a parent letting her know that their son would not be in school that day. The family, the mother told Hordienko, hadn’t slept a wink all night. Her father was taking the train from Kiev to their family home in the western part of the nation. The train was under bombardment by Russian forces, The anxiety and uncertainty of the journey in midst of the crisis prevented parent and children from getting any rest.