Tammy Peterson with her husband Jordan and her friend Queenie Yu, by her side. Tammy Peterson was confirmed in front of a packed Holy Rosary Church in Toronto at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 30. She joined 11 catechumens who were confirmed and three who were baptized. (Sheila Nonato photos)

Tammy Peterson confirmed in front of fellow parishioners at Toronto Catholic Church

By Sheila Nonato TORONTO- Canadian podcaster and cancer survivor Tammy Maureen Peterson stood with eight other catechumens and their sponsors Saturday night in front of a packed crowd of hundreds of fellow parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in midtown Toronto where three were baptized and 12 were confirmed as Roman Catholics. Peterson received the...

Tammy Peterson, left, with friend Queenie Yu, who prayed with her daily as she battled cancer. (Photo by Laura Salem, In His Image Photo & Film Inc.)

Tammy Peterson’s homecoming: Popular podcaster welcomed into the Catholic Church in Toronto

By SHEILA NONATO TORONTO—In her journey towards the Catholic Church, cancer survivor, speaker and popular podcaster Tammy Peterson has endured her own cross of debilitating illness and loss. Four years ago, she was granted the miracle of healing from terminal cancer and received the grace of inner conversion. At this year’s Easter Vigil on March...

Retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis found French priest Joannès Rivoire was guilty of sexually assaulting six children in Nunavut in the 1960s and ’70s. (Photo courtesy Andre Denis)

Justice’s report concludes Oblate abused Nunavut children

Following an exhaustive investigation, retired Superior Court of Quebec Justice André Denis has 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. Denis also found that Rivoire departed Canada on Jan. 16, 1993,...

The funeral cortege for former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney takes to the snowy streets of Montreal on March 23, 2024. Mr. Mulroney’s hearse was accompanied by eight RCMP pallbearers, along with four RCMP officers on horseback, a Canadian Armed Forces escort and guard of honour and the Royal Canadian Air Force Band. (Peter Stockland photo)

Prime Minister Mulroney’s funeral: ‘Mulroney was the last. There are no statesmen left in the world’

Msgr. Francis Coyle shared more with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney than having an Irish name. Msgr. Coyle is pastor of Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Basilica, which he says the Mulroney children referred to as “Dad’s church.” He presided over the 2008 wedding of the former Prime Minister’s eldest son, Ben, and from March 21 to 23,...

The Archdiocese of Montreal has filed an appeal to overturn a Quebec Superior Court ruling compelling a palliative care home to offer assisted suicide. (Unsplash photo)

Palliative care ruling threatens Montreal archdiocese’s work

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...

A 40 Days for Life vigil near the Morgentaler clinic in downtown Ottawa in 2017. Protesters have been unable to do so since 2018 when Ontario introduced its “bubble zone” law in 2018. Manitoba has introduced a similar law. (CCN file photo)

Manitoba introduces ‘bubble zone’ law

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. On March 7, Minister of Families Nahanni Fontaine and Minister of Health, Seniors and Long-term Care Uzoma Asagwara introduced The Safe Access to Abortion Services Act (Bill 8) to the provincial legislative assembly. If passed, the bill would mandate that “buffer zones” of 50 metres immediately take effect around hospitals and clinics, and the provincial cabinet would have authority to expand the boundary to 150 metres at a later date. The legislation stipulates that buffer zones around homes be set at 150 metres. Facilities offering chemical or surgical abortion that do not fall under the purview of The Safe Access to Abortion Services Act could apply for a buffer zone. The law also promises to provide protection to physicians and pharmacists that offer the abortion pill Mifegymiso. If passed, first-time offenders of the law would be subject to fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment of six months or both. Repeat offenders would face a $10,000 fine, one year of incarceration or both. Maria Slykerman, the president of Campaign Life Coalition Manitoba, denounced the proposed bill as “utterly totalitarian.” She said it “makes an enemy of every Manitoban who values the freedoms that make Canada such a great place to live — including the freedom to gather and speak in the public square, no matter who you are or what your views are.” Passing this statute has long been the apple of Fontaine’s eye. The MLA for the St. Johns riding since 2016 made five previous attempts to get this legislation passed from 2018 to 2021, but these efforts failed as the Progressive Conservative government of the time did not support her bill. The NDP formed the government following the 2023 election. Fontaine stated in a press release that “abortion is health care. Manitobans have the right to safe and accessible health care. Whether you’re accessing reproductive care, recovering from a procedure or providing critical health care to Manitobans, this new legislation would make sure your safety and privacy is protected.” Jeff Gunnarson, the national president of Campaign Life, stated that the bill takes away the free speech of those who advocate for the voiceless. “Let’s be clear: preborn babies are being killed in these centres,” said Gunnarson. “These are humans we’re talking about here, humans with human rights, including the right to life. But, they have no voice. So, pro-lifers become their voice and try to convince mothers to choose life for their babies. “It’s simply evil that a government wants to criminalize those voices at abortion centres who are trying to save lives, who are trying to stand up for the victim of a violent and cruel death. Shame on (Premier) Wab Kinew and the entire NDP for abandoning the preborn child with this anti-human-rights legislation. May God have mercy on us.” Lauren Stone, the Progressive Conservative families’ critic, has not yet publicly commented on The Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which is expected to advance through the legislature and receive royal assent before the summer hiatus begins on June 4.

Christian Physicians in Nova Scotia are challenging the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, which wants to force them to refer patients for morally objectionable services. (Unsplash photo)

Conscience Rights Battle Rages in Nova Scotia

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. Christian physicians are speaking out for physicians’ conscience rights, with a group of 24 corresponding with the medical regulator to say...

Undated photo of Father Jean-Marie-Raphael Le Jeune’s grave at the Oblate Cemetery in Mission. The Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Kamloops Indian band discovered a mutual respect for Father Le Jeune, which will be acknowledged on Easter Sunday at a reconciliation event in Kamloops. (B.C. Catholic Archives)

Vancouver Archbishop signs Sacred Covenant with Kamloops First Nation

Almost three years ago, reports of underground anomalies near a former Kamloops residential school caused a firestorm of media mistruths about mass graves, which became a focus of Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in 2022. Now, the Church and the Kamloops First Nation are about to acknowledge historical and recent painful experiences and continue “walking...

Caritas staff work with children who have been left homeless by the war in Gaza. (Photo by Majdi Jildeh/Caritas media officer)

Catholic aid becomes critical as Gaza crisis deepens

Staring death, destruction and starvation in the face on a daily basis, Christians in Gaza are staying steadfast to their commitment to love and serve, sharing ever-dwindling resources with their Muslim neighbours, report employees of two Catholic charities active in the Middle East. “For example, the Christians sheltering in the Latin compound have decided to...

MP Arnold Viersen has introduced a bill targeting online exploitation. Photo from mparnold.ca

Conservatives all in on exploitation bill

In contrast to the controversial Online Harms Act (Bill C-63) recently tabled by the federal government, Conservative MPs are putting their weight behind Bill C-270 to prevent young people from being exploited by online pornography. Bill C-270 is also known as the Stopping Internet Sexual Exploitation (SISE) Act. If it becomes law, making or distributing...

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