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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.

‘Dead people don’t cost money’: Calculating cost of MAiD

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The grim calculus of tracking the cost of Medical Assistance in Dying shows that B.C. doctors receive $283.85 for every “MAiD Event preparation and Procedure” they perform.

Pro-life conversion spurred by 40 Days for Life prayer

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American pro-life speaker Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood abortion referrals clinic manager, believes women “deserve better than abortion.”

Treviño spoke to over 100 people at St. Alfred Parish Hall in St. Catharines, Ont., March 13.

Ruling threatens diocese’s work

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The Archdiocese of Montreal argues in a court filing it is being obliged to “assist in what constitutes ‘murder’ ” by being denied a temporary exemption to keep MAiD out of a local palliative care centre.

The claim came in an appeal filed March 15 seeking to overturn an earlier ruling by Quebec Superior Court Justice Catherine Piché, which compelled the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre to offer assisted death.

Conscience rights’ battle rages in Nova Scotia

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Christian physicians in Nova Scotia have taken up the fight against the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons over a policy that would force physicians to refer patients for euthanasia, abortion and transgender services. 

Manitoba introduces ‘bubble zone’ law

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The Manitoba government is following in the footsteps of provinces like British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec by advocating for legislation prohibiting pro-life protests, demonstrations and picketing near clinics and hospitals that offer abortion and the residences of abortion providers. 

Report concludes Oblate abused Nunavut children

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Following an exhaustive investigation, retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis concluded French priest Joannès Rivoire was guilty of sexually assaulting five minors in Naujaat, Nunavut, between 1968 and 1970, and one in Arviat and Whale Cove, Nunavut, between 1974 and 1979.

Funds secured for new schools as demand grows in Edmonton, Calgary

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New schools are on their way to address growing enrolment and demand in Catholic schools in Alberta’s two largest cities.