QUEBEC CITY -- As the Quebec government tightens measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and allows only essential services, the Catholic dioceses of the province have started temporary layoffs affecting hundreds of Catholic employees and priests.

Ottawa program comes to rescue of priests and workers in Toronto diocese

By Catholic Register Staff

Large-scale relief programs implemented by the federal government to deal with the economic fallout from COVID-19 have saved staff at the Archdiocese of Toronto offices and parishes from layoffs.

‘New normal’ means new tasks to tackle


CALGARY -- A few weeks ago, Jamie Hunka sat at a desk in one of The Mustard Seed’s support centres helping job seekers write resumes and master interviewing skills.

On the virus frontlines: ‘Everyone is stressed’

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

In hospital hallways, where the virus wages psychological warfare on doctors, nurses, cleaners and orderlies, hospital chaplain John Zamiska fears evil.

Pastor stands ready as COVID-19 hits Bobcaygeon hard

By Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

Fr. Luis Lapinid can’t help but feel a little helpless in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Charities look for help in face of crisis-driven losses

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Facing a steep drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, charities and non-profits are seeking a multi-billion-dollar lifeline from governments and foundations.

On the virus frontlines: ‘We’re not giving up,' nurse says

By Canadian Catholic News

EDMONTON -- Chelsy Vanderberg’s anxieties are heightened each time she prepares for another night shift at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Ontario schools ramp up online learning

By Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

With Ontario schools officially shuttered until at least the start of May, education partners are ramping up plans to continue teaching students at home.

Canada’s religious leaders offer thanks and hope during COVID-19 pandemic

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- Canada’s Catholic bishops have joined with other faith leaders across the country to offer hope and solidarity to all Canadians as the nation faces an unprecedented health and economic crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

National prayer effort hopes to unite Canadians during COVID-19 crisis

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA -- Two Ottawa-based faith leaders have joined together to offer comforting words to Canadians during the COVID-19 health crisis that has closed most places of worship across the country.

Pandemic putting ethics to the test

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

In a crisis, hard decisions have to be made.

When there aren’t enough ventilators or Intensive Care Unit beds for everyone who needs one, it’s left to medical ethicists to provide guidance to clinicians faced with dire decisions about who lives and who dies.