{mosimage}TORONTO - The executive director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is calling for increased funding for community care, including at-home palliative care, in the wake of a study that found Canadian families are paying a high price to care for loved ones at home.

“If there’s no proper support, we crush the backs of Canadian caregivers and families,” Sharon Baxter told The Catholic Register from Ottawa.

The general trend has been for people wanting to receive care in their own homes, Baxter said. In the long run, it’s the least costly option.

Standing up for life at 40 Days for Life

{mosimage}TORONTO - For 21-year-old Gabriel Bacani, standing outside on a chilly Friday afternoon isn’t a big deal if it’s to stand up for life.

Bacani was joined by Josh Canning, a pastoral assistant at York University’s Catholic Chaplaincy, at a vigil for the 40 Days for Life campaign on Feb. 19. The campaign kicked off two days earlier on Ash Wednesday.

March for Life aims for 20,000 with schools' help

{mosimage}OTTAWA - Campaign Life Coalition is hoping this year’s National March for Life will draw 20,000 people to Parliament Hill on May 13 with help from Ottawa area Catholic schools.

Last year’s march drew more than 12,000 people, the largest crowd in the event’s 12 years. About half of the marchers were young people. But many of these were bused in from other cities around Ontario.

Dispute with landlord forces Caritas out of its offices

{mosimage}TORONTO - A North York Catholic charity that helps recovering addicts is being “forced into homelessness” after its landlord locked it out of its offices.

Caritas associate director Ramin Deravian told The Catholic Register charity staff and residents were shocked to find themselves locked out of Caritas’ main building at 15 Millwick Dr. on Feb. 19 over a $57,000 unpaid parking lot repavement bill. Deravian said when talks broke down, Caritas found itself locked out of the building it has called home for the past 16 years.

Brother André to be canonized

{mosimage}MONTREAL - Just 73 years after his death, Brother André will become the first Canadian-born man elevated to sainthood.

The news of his Oct. 17 canonization, one of six announced by Pope Benedict XVI Feb. 19, was met with elation by the members of the church in Montreal.

Fraternity of St. Peter's days in Toronto over

{mosimage}TORONTO - Due to a pastoral reassignment, the Fraternity of St. Peter will be leaving the archdiocese of Toronto on Feb. 28, but the Tridentine Mass they brought here will remain.

Fr. Howard Venette, the only priest from the fraternity based in Toronto, said he is being reassigned to a parish affiliated with the Fraternity in Sarasota, Fla.

Bishop Lahey trial on child porn charges set for spring 2011

{mosimage}OTTAWA - Bishop Raymond Lahey’s trial on charges of possessing and importing child pornography has been set for the spring of 2011.

The trial will begin April 26, 2011 and run until May 6, Assistant Crown Attorney David Elhadad told CCN.

The former bishop of Antigonish, N.S., is not expected to appear in an Ottawa court until his trial starts in more than a year’s time. Lahey has been living in a retired priest’s residence in the Ottawa archdiocese since Oct. 9.

Brother André made a saint by Pope

{mosimage}VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will create six new saints Oct. 17, including Blessed André Bessette, the first Canadian-born man to become a saint.

Brother André founded St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal and was known for his intense piety, famed for miraculous cures and praised for his dedication to building the shrine to honour St. Joseph.

Thornhill chapel keeps Eucharist in good company for 25 years

{mosimage}THORNHILL, Ont. - For the past 25 years, before 6 a.m. every Sunday, parishioner Eva Parisi stops by St. Paschal Baylon Church’s Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Adoration Chapel to keep watch over the Eucharist.

Perpetual eucharistic adoration is an ancient tradition that’s been kept alive for the past quarter century at Catholic churches, including Thornhill’s St. Paschal Baylon.

ShareLife urges creative ways to give

{mosimage}TORONTO - Giving to charity doesn’t necessarily mean having to write a cheque or digging around in your pockets for bills and change.

At the archdiocese of Toronto, Paul Nazareth, manager of planned giving and personal gifts, gets to see a variety of creative givers, including one donor who gives to 25 different charities all at once through the gift of stocks.

Ordinandi Dinner reaches out to students

{mosimage}TORONTO - With more than 1,700 tickets sold and 400 high school students expected to attend, this year’s Ordinandi Dinner will be the biggest in its 19-year history.

Among the 1,700 guests for the March 2 dinner will be Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, several priests and hundreds of Catholics from across the archdiocese.