The Archdiocese of Vancouver annual Healing and Reconciliation collection will “continue sowing seeds of understanding and hope, thereby creating a future where reconciliation flourishes and the wounds of the past are gently healed,” writes Archbishop J. Michael Miller in a Sept. 3 letter promoting the annual collection. (Nicholas Elbers photo)

Healing collection will sow ‘seeds of understanding’: Archbishop

One year after a papal visit described as “a significant step on the road to healing and reconciliation, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is preparing to take the next step toward reconciliation with the Sept. 10 Healing and Reconciliation collection. In a Sept. 3 letter promoting the annual collection, Archbishop J. Michael Miller wrote that donors’...

The Fraser Health Authority says it will comply with an order from B.C.’s privacy commissioner to uncover redacted meeting notes about its assisted-suicide policies and practices. The B.C. Catholic had filed a freedom of information application to obtain the documents. (B.C. Catholic photo)

Fraser Health ordered to turn over MAiD documents to B.C. Catholic

A provincial adjudicator has ruled in favour of The B.C. Catholic and ordered the Fraser Health Authority to take the wraps off additional sections of secret documents related to the development and implementation of its controversial assisted-suicide policies and practices.  In a 26-page ruling dated Aug. 3, an adjudicator with the Office of Information and...

“The Church addresses people with full respect for their freedom,” Pope John Paul II said; her mission “does not restrict freedom, but rather promotes it.”

Maybe marriage and child-rearing is not as magical as Instagram made it look. The work is draining. Getting older is also draining. Perhaps we have less room and energy for the expansiveness we had hoped to discover post-retirement. Perhaps every corner of life requires effort.

During his studies for the priesthood Lawrence already showed remarkable ability for languages. In addition to Italian and Latin, Lawrence learned with ease both ancient languages (such as Greek, Hebrew and Syriac) and modern languages (such as French and German). Due to his ability for languages, Lawrence was able to preach to different categories of people. He carried out apostolate in northern Italy, beyond the Alps, Bohemia, Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

Euthanasia is now presented to patients as a health care option. For Catholics however, it is not an option we should ever choose. Why? Because it is a fundamental violation of our understanding of the human person.

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie, a film with a message, but one that’s largely redundant, writes Alan Charlton. (OSV News photo/Warner Bros.)

Barbie’s feminism is nothing new, but entertainingly delivered

I suppose many of my gender and age have little awareness of Barbie dolls – except perhaps a shared feeling of outrage at how expensive they are when one is buying one as a gift for a little girl. That being said, I approached the movie Barbie convinced that I would be able to comprehend little of...

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Development and Peace derailed by Facebook’s news ban

As Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, began restricting Canadians in August from accessing and sharing news content on its platforms in response to Bill C-18, The Online News Act, it wasn’t only news organizations feeling the effect. Whether the average Canadian understands or opposes Meta’s response to Bill C-18 — the new...

Catholic Street Missionaries attend to the needs of the poor on the streets of Vancouver. Volunteers recently spent 24 hours praying and fasting in preparation for their work on the street. (Catholic Street Missionaries photos)

Prayer and fasting prepare street missionaries for outreach to Vancouver homeless

“Don’t forget the poor; be generous to them.”  With those words, Canossian Sister Elisa Grignoli called about 30 Catholic Street Missionaries to reflect on their mission to the poor and homeless before heading out to the streets of Vancouver. With the simplicity her order is known for, she said Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Matthew –...

Agassiz First Nation athlete Syvawn Paul, right, and her brother Cyrus George compete in the 6000m mixed doubles event at the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax, which Paul was able to attend with some financial help from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Contributed photos)

Agassiz canoeist brings home six medals at Indigenous Games

Sts’ailes First Nation athlete Syvawn Paul has been paddling a canoe since she first rode out in one at the age of six. But she wouldn’t even have competed in this year’s North American Indigenous Games in Halifax if it hadn’t been for some unexpected money from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The Agassiz canoeist won...

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