EDMONTON – Margie Harper entered the hospital last year on the first day of Lent, her forehead still bearing a dark smudge from the Ash Wednesday Mass.

Indigenous people ‘anxious’ for papal apology


EDMONTON – Reconciliation with Church a struggle, says former AFN chief Fontaine.

After decades of turbulent history with the Catholic Church, Indigenous peoples are now committed to healing the fractured relationship, says the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Religious freedom ‘on an abyss of revolutionary change', lawyers warn

OTTAWA – Religious freedom in Canada is facing a “watershed moment” and may be “on an abyss of a revolutionary change,” argued lawyers in a Supreme Court of Canada case involving a Christian university’s proposed law school.

Innu women testify that Oblate missionary inappropriately touched them

MONTREAL – Oblate Father Alexis Joveneau was said to have inappropriately touched women and girls in the Innu community in Quebec where he ministered from 1953 until his death in 1992.

Catholic groups make their case in Christian law school hearing

OTTAWA – Lawyers representing Trinity Western University faced tough questions from Supreme Court Justices Nov. 30 in an important religious freedom case involving communal rights.

Tree for Boston an annual thank-you for Nova Scotians

There was one little chore that Bob Campbell had put off for years at his Cape Breton home — entering the Tree for Boston contest.

Foreign priests schooled in Canadian ways

EDMONTON – This winter, Fr. Moses Savarimuthu is ready.

It’s been just over a year since Savarimuthu experienced an Alberta winter for the first time. He traded life in the tropical city of Trichy, India — his hometown — for his first assignment in Canada, as co-pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish.

Bishop Biwai Soro welcomed as head of Canada’s Chaldean Catholics

Canada’s newest bishop has taken his seat at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Cathedral in Toronto and declared his dream for Canada’s Iraqi Catholics.

Catholic university under fire for cancelling abortion film

OTTAWA – Saint Paul University is being accused of stifling free speech on campus after the Catholic university abruptly cancelled a pro-abortion film and accompanying presentation by Planned Parenthood.

Anti-bullying strategies take different paths

If a child commits a crime, should a parent do the time?

The city of North Tonawanda, N.Y., thinks yes. Located 24 km north of Buffalo, North Tonawanda passed a law in October stating parents could be sentenced to 15 days in jail if their child violates a city law, including bullying, twice in a 90-day period. 

Catholic seniors centre prepares to reap rewards of funding boost

At the Loyola Arrupe Centre in Toronto, seniors are taught how to protect themselves from fraud and elder abuse.