Church fires, vandalism condemned

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) has condemned the rash of church fires and vandalism that has taken place across Canada, particularly in the west, since the discovery of graves at former residential schools.

Saskatchewan bishops plan fundraising for residential school survivors

By Catholic Register Staff

The Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan have begun the process for a new fundraising campaign to support survivors of residential schools.

Park honours caregivers from past pandemic

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

A virtual ceremony will be held July 16 to open Grasett Park in downtown Toronto to commemorate the physicians, nurses, clergy and other caregivers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in caring for the influx of Irish migrants struck down by typhus in 1847.

‘Raw truth’ must come out for healing to begin

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

“Education got us into this; education will get us out of this.” Though those words were first spoken and repeated often by Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Sen. Murray Sinclair, they’ve become the personal motto of St. Mary’s University Elder in Residence Casey Eagle Speaker.

A lifetime of love and giving back

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

At the start of the pandemic, retired surgeon Dr. Frank Browne got up at 5 a.m. ready to head into the hospital to tend to the sick. He had heard the call to retired doctors to assist as COVID-19 was taking its toll on the health-care system.

Oblates pledge transparency on residential schools

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

In the wake of the Cowessess discovery of up to 751 unmarked graves, Western Canada’s Oblate missionary order is embracing a new level of transparency, making more documents about daily operations at the order’s 48 residential schools across Canada available.

Bellegarde hopes papal meeting will lead to residential school apology

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- There is no guarantee that a delegation to the Vatican will lead to a papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s residential school system but the Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations is praying it will.

For reconciliation’s sake, education needed

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

For educator Vanessa Pinto, the discovery of unmarked graves outside of residential schools has only strengthened her resolve to raise awareness of Indigenous history, culture and perspectives in the classroom.

Lacroix speaks of hope for healing at annual First Nations Sunday Mass


STE.-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRÉ, Que. -- At the annual First Nations Sunday Mass, Cardinal Gérald Lacroix acknowledged that the revelations and realizations surrounding unmarked graves at former residential schools run by Catholic communities “have brought to light a very dark page in the history of our country. Decisions and behaviours, both by the government and the churches,” have contributed to the suffering “of our brothers and sisters.”

Names will be put to all in Cowessess graves, chief vows

By Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

The Cowessess First Nation will put a name to each of the hundreds of bodies found at the unmarked graves on the former Marieval Indian Residential School, vows Chief Cadmus Delorme.

Face to face with ‘brutal’ truth of residential schools

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

“For better or worse, the gravesite findings are bringing us face-to-face with the brutal side of the residential schools,” Regina Archbishop Don Bolen told The Catholic Register the day after headlines screamed 751 more unmarked graves found at the Cowessess First Nation, less than two hours’ drive east of Holy Rosary Cathedral in southern Saskatchewan.