Canadian flags and wooden crosses in a bunker in West Flanders, Belgium. A report on religious freedom by Aid to the Church in Need notes several instances of declining religious freedom in Canada. (Timothy Shawn Hack, Library and Archives Canada,/Flickr)

Religious freedom on decline in Canada, Aid to Church in Need report says

The report, published by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), showed a rising trend in compelled speech, hate speech laws, censorship, the rise of cancel culture, and a growing intolerance toward some faith-based views in the West.

Alison ten Bohmer found more than just peace and comfort when she discovered Pietra Fitness. She found a sense of purpose in helping people build a deeper connection with their bodies. (Contributed photo)

Pietra Fitness: more Catholic than Catholic yoga

Pietra Fitness is a Catholic exercise program that promotes mental wellness and body-mind connection. It involves poses and stretching, a meditative environment, and prayer, although it is not, as instructors point out, “Catholic yoga.”

Sharon DeLalla, the new manager of the Men’s Shelter, wants to help the shelter explore the boundaries of what is possible. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

If you like odd hours, improvising, and constant change, Sharon DeLalla has a job for you

Conversations are rare at the Men’s Shelter, and even with sunlight streaming through the repurposed nursing dormitory windows, the atmosphere is muted and heavy. Sharon DeLalla is hoping to change this. The ex-Talitha Koum executive brings her experience working with women overcoming addiction to the Archdiocese of Vancouver men’s hostel as its new manager.

Catherine Koch, founder of Love is the Answer, a non-profit, for orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda, is being remembered for her humanitarian legacy. (Contributed photos)

LFA grad raised over $1 million for orphaned children in Africa

Koch was the founder of Love is the Answer, a charity that provides food, medicine, and supplies in emergency situations, financial assistance for schooling and boarding, and assists with setting up income-generating programs for Ugandans.

Father Lanzani told the gathering that the seminarian’s witness “is possible because they have experienced that God does not disappoint … that it is God who fills their lives.” (Arleen D Souza photos)

Seminary has new home just in time for annual fundraiser

“To open the doors of eternal life, an eternal life that we can already live and experience here, in the daily routine of our life.” The April 21 gala was held not only to raise money for Redemptoris Mater but also to celebrate the seminarians.

Programs for the Marriage Anniversary Mass. Two hundred couples gathered for the annual celebration. of milestone anniversaries. (Miso Media photos)

6,800 years of married life celebrated at anniversary Mass

“On this Mother’s Day, the good Lord has brought us together to give him thanks and praise for the 6,800 years of married life,” he said. “This includes two couples married for 70 years or more; and a great many more who have been married for 60 plus years.”

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