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Endowment to research Ukraine Catholics closed

The University of Alberta has closed an endowment fund and returned its donation to the family of a man who fought with a Nazi unit during the Second World War. The university’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies is returning the $30,000 to the family of Yaroslav Hunka, the 98-year-old man at the centre of a...

Canadian Catholic News service relaunches with new website and a crash course in Catholic journalism

Catholic Register publisher Peter Stockland had some uncommon advice for his journalism students attending a new course aimed at developing Catholic journalists. “You’re there to observe, not to be an activist, but not just to be an observer, either. As you meet your deadline, you will have to faithfully produce for an audience what you...

At this year’s Red Mass for the legal profession, Archbishop J. Michael Miller challenged the nation to uphold its reputation for “healthy secularism” and affirmed the Church’s desire to continue serving the common good through the institutions it has developed over centuries. (Photo: Nicholas Elbers/B.C. Catholic)

At Red Mass, Archbishop Miller calls for robust religious freedom

Speaking to Catholic lawyers at this year’s Red Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Archbishop J. Michael Miller emphasized the need for a broader understanding of religious freedom in Canada, challenging the nation to uphold its reputation for “healthy secularism.”

Protesters gather in Calgary, AB, for the 1 Million March 4 Children rally, Sept. 20, 2023. (Quinton Amundson)

Catholics must help combat ‘anti-faith’ forces, imam tells bishops as plenary opens

Canada’s Catholic bishops were urged by a Muslim Imam at their annual plenary assembly to speak out for “moral rights” — while also being counselled by a Cardinal to pursue reforms that make the Church “open to all.” Imam Abdul Hai Patel used brief remarks during a session on inter-religious dialogue to laud the “historic...

Canadian bishops at Mass as they attend their annual plenary assembly near Toronto Monday. The bishops discussed next month’s Synod on Synodality, which will focus on on discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying, said Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller. (CCCB photo)

Synod will be based on listening to the Holy Spirit: Archbishop Miller

Next month’s Synod on Synodality will be aimed at “being opened toward many voices,” Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller said Monday, emphasizing the synodal process “is based on listening to the voice of the Spirit.”

Archbishop Adam Exner’s funeral at St. Mary’s in Grayson, Sask. “Archbishop Adam wanted to keep it simple.,” said pastor Father Mike Mock. (Facebook screen image)

Archbishop Exner laid to rest in country church he grew up in

A simple country funeral Mass was all Archbishop Adam Exner, OMI, desired, and that’s what he received Wednesday in the small rural church of St. Mary’s in Grayson, Sask. “Bishops bury bishops, not simple rural pastors,” mused St. Mary’s Pastor Father John Mock during his homily. “But Archbishop Adam wanted to keep it simple. No...

A woman reacts as protesters gather Sept. 20, 2023, near a government building in Yerevan, Armenia, following the launch a day earlier of a military operation by Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. A ceasefire was declared Sept. 20 in the region, which is a historic Armenian enclave located in southwestern Azerbaijan and internationally recognized as part of that nation. (Photo: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters/OSV News photo/The Catholic Register)

Artsakh burns while Western leaders fiddle

In the pre-dawn hours of yet another tranquil Ottawa morning — Sept. 19 — my cell phone buzzed. With a sense of foreboding and apprehension I speed-read the message that popped up. “Azerbaijan is hitting Artsakh (as Nagorno-Karabakh is known in Armenian). It’s war again. Artillery in the capital (Stepanakert). Calls for Armenia to join. If...

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