Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

Mickey Conlon, The Catholic Register

A pastoral plan three years in the making which resulted in a two-thirds reduction of parishes in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth has put the archdiocese in a position to succeed amid the realities of the modern Church, said John Stevens.

December 22, 2019

The art of the season

The works of renowned Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz will be prominent over Christmas at Washington, D.C.’s Museum of the Bible.

This year, as in each and every year, the Green Church Network is wishing one and all a Green Christmas.

As mysterious to the three wise men as the light that appeared in the western heavens, so too is the mystery surrounding these magi who followed that star to Bethlehem and bore gifts for the newborn Jesus.

Christmas was always special in the D’Cruz family — that tends to happen when there are 12 kids — but through the decades they have never let the secular overtake the religious in celebrating the season.

December 18, 2019

The world of creche

It’s amazing how far a small, one-off special creche exhibit has come over the past two decades at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto.

Despite what we’ve learned in the 30 years since the massacre of 14 women at a Montreal university, there still remains so much more that needs to be done, says the principal author of a declaration on violence against women in our society.

The failure to end child poverty in Canada, promised 30 years ago when parliamentarians pledged to stop the scourge by 2000, has seen a generation of children grow up without the supports they need, says Leila Sarangi.

Joy Smith is pleased that the Ontario government has stepped up with $20 million in annual funding to fight human trafficking, but these dollars and more need to be replicated by other provinces in combatting the problem.

Advent is a time of hope during a season of darkness. As a steadfast member of the Catholic Church and Leafs Nation, Dennis Patrick O’Hara can see parallels these days between his faith and favourite hockey team.