When Pope (now St.) John Paul II arrived in Ottawa in 1984, the first pontiff to visit this country, greeting him in Ottawa was Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney, one of 10 Catholics who have held that office since 1867. 

Israeli Jesuit to share a Church view on Gaza war

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Jesuit Fr. David Neuhaus, himself an Israeli citizen, is hosting a webinar to inform Catholics about the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza which comes on the heals of the broken down ceasefire talks between the parties. 

Senate pushes MAiD for mentally ill three years down the road

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Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) access for individuals solely living with a mental illness is officially delayed until March 17, 2027, as the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-62 at third reading Feb. 29.  

‘Graphic images’ law challenged

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A Christian advocacy organization is challenging a St. Catharines city bylaw barring flyers with “graphic images” from being delivered to city homes.

CFS Toronto centralizes offices

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Catholic Family Services of Toronto is combining its offices into one location, with a vow to continue providing care for the whole community from its midtown office at the Archdiocese of Toronto Pastoral Centre. 

Redemptive suffering a ‘ministry within a ministry’

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What began as an intellectual interest in the Catholic understanding of suffering has become for Erin Kinsella both a personal encounter with suffering and a “ministry within a ministry.”

More supports, less death, say MAiD opponents at Parliament Hill rally

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Speakers at a rally on Parliament Hill demanded the federal government provide more life-saving supports for those deeply suffering from mental illness rather than giving them access to medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

A timely reminder: don’t forget sick, lonely

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“I was sick and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36).

This Biblical passage was the inspiration behind the Pastoral Home Care/SASMAD service that gathered with more than 120 people at Montreal’s St. Isaac Jogues Parish to celebrate the 32nd World Day of the Sick.

Its message could hardly be more timely.

Love Lent, and the journey to Christ

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With Ash Wednesday, the Newman Centre embarked on a spiritual journey for Lent. The Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus launched a campaign known as “Love Lent” to provide various opportunities to engage in Lenten activities right up until the beginning of Holy Week. 

Jesuits planning to close Manresa

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The Jesuits Of Canada are planning to close the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering, Ont., after nearly 80 years of service to the community. 

All ages invited to Lift Jesus Higher

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The 33rd annual Lift Jesus Higher Rally returns March 2, giving attendees the chance to experience Jesus’ love in a unique and grand format. 

The Lift Jesus Higher Rally will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with two distinct celebrations, one for adults and a second for youth aged 13-18. Both will feature important pillars of the Catholic faith throughout the day, with testimonials, reflections, divine mercy celebration and eucharistic adoration.