We first met on a bus to Auschwitz. I, Daniel, was the oldest and Irena the youngest in our cohort of pilgrims at World Youth Day  held in Kraków, Poland, in 2016. That experience forged an indelible older brother-little sister bond that endures. Seven years later, our respective discernment led us both to say yes to returning to WYD held this past summer in Lisbon, Portugal.

Endowment to research Ukraine Catholics closed


The University of Alberta has closed an endowment fund and returned its donation to the family of a man who fought with a Nazi unit during the Second World War.

Saint Paul innovates while staying true to roots


As Ottawa’s Saint Paul University, celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, Chantal Beauvais, its first female Rector, simultaneously exemplifies its Catholic identity, historical values and its face of change.

New Calgary ‘outreach’ school levels the playing field


The Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) has opened St. Gemma Outreach School for students in vital need of extra support.

St. John’s abuse survivors in line for compensation


More than 150 survivors of abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers of Ireland at the Mount Cashel orphanage in the 1940s through ’60s, and Archdiocese of St. John’s clergy over the years, have applied for a financial settlement from the archdiocese.

Catholics must help combat ‘anti-faith’ forces, imam tells bishops as plenary opens


Canada’s Catholic bishops were urged by a Muslim Imam at their annual plenary assembly to speak out for “moral rights” — while also being counselled by a Cardinal to pursue reforms that make the Church “open to all.”

Canada must continue to open doors for refugees


Special prayers were offered to Christians under recent attack in Africa and west Asia as the Archdiocese of Toronto commemorated the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2023 Sept. 24.

Humble gridiron star an inspiration to alma mater


Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 241 pounds, veteran Ottawa Redblacks defensive lineman Nigel Romick is well-established as one of the most formidable big men and special teams tacklers in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Miracles happen, says 40 Days for Life activist


Maeve Roche will stand vigil for the unborn on Main Street and Broadway Avenue in Hamilton, Ont., for the third straight year starting Sept. 27 and ending Nov. 5.

Artsakh burns while Western leaders fiddle


In the pre-dawn hours of yet another tranquil Ottawa morning — Sept. 19 — my cell phone buzzed. With a sense of foreboding and apprehension I speed-read the message that popped up.

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