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Just as Jesus removed the stone that sealed his tomb on the morning of the Resurrection, on Easter Christ alone "has the power to roll away the stones that block the path to life" and which trap humanity in war and injustice, Pope Francis said.

'Symphony of Prayer' preparation for Jubilee

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Dr. Josephine Lombardi is orchestrating “A Great Symphony of Prayer” to help Catholics meaningfully observe the Year of Prayer leading up to the 2025 “Pilgrims of Hope” Jubilee declared by Pope Francis.

Catholic cemeteries on front line against secular fear of death

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Cemeteries are the front line of defence against our society’s increasing secularism and fear of death and suffering, says Vancouver Catholic Cemeteries director Peter Nobes.

Covenant signed with Kamloops First Nation

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Almost three years ago, reports of underground anomalies near a former Kamloops residential school caused a firestorm of media mistruths about mass graves, which became a focus of Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in 2022.

MAiD decision 'blatant devaluing of persons with disabilities,' says activist

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A decision by a judge in Calgary, Alberta, in favor of a young woman seeking medically assisted suicide over her father's objections amounts to "the blatant devaluing of persons with disabilities," a Canadian activist told OSV News.

Doubt, skepticism, but also relief, greet Rivoire report

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Reactions have poured in since the Oblates of Mary Immaculate published the Report of the Oblate Safeguarding Commission, authored by retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis, on March 19. The most consequential revelation of this 57-page report is that Rivoire was guilty, based on the “preponderance of evidence,” of sexually assaulting five minors in Naujaat, Nunavut, between 1968 and 1970, and one in Arviat and Whale Cove, Nunavut, between 1974 and 1979.

Ukrainian Catholic church in Toronto receives a bomb threat amid Sunday liturgy

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Parishioners of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto had to evacuate the building toward the end of their 10 a.m. liturgy March 24, due to a bomb threat apparently made by a woman experiencing mental distress.

The Irish eyes continue to smile

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Montreal’s Msgr. Francis Coyle shared more with the late Brian Mulroney than having an Irish name. 

Dinner with a side of companionship

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This month marks 21 years since a church-led meal program began serving hot meals to those in need in Newmarket, Ont., and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. 

Nigerian priest a ‘spark’ to P.E.I. faith life

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During his first two weeks in Prince Edward Island, Fr. Benedict Olelewe, SDV, has only enjoyed fish from the grocery store. 

The occasion when he savours his first fresh catch of lobster, mussels or oysters from P.E.I.’s Atlantic waters will be a delightful and tasty bonus. But indulging in seafood is not why he voyaged from Nigeria to serve in the Diocese of Charlottetown’s Holy Family Pastoral Unit.

Teachers help build student resilience

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In an increasingly fraught educational environment where teachers feel overwhelmed and isolated amid increased parental and government expectations on their time, hundreds of Catholic teachers gathered for this year’s Catholic Educators Conference for some much-needed fellowship and support.