There has been no public accounting for the millions disbursed by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations to the Kamloops First Nation for “field work, records searches and to secure the Residential School grounds.” A child’s red dress hangs on a stake near the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School June 6, 2021.CNS photo/Jennifer Gauthier, Reuters

No accounting for residential school burial sites’ funding

A planned National Gathering on missing Indigenous children and unmarked graves has been abruptly postponed, days before it was reported that there is no public accounting for the millions of dollars that the federal government has sent to the Kamloops First Nation to investigate residential school burial sites. Meanwhile, the final report from the Office...

A death certificate for a Vicky Stewart, who died of meningitis at an Edmonton hospital. Her death is playing a role in a class action launched against the Archdiocese of Edmonton, one of its priests and his missionary order. Photo courtesy of Province of Alberta

Child’s death certificate muddies Edmonton class-action allegation

An alleged murder that is part of a class action suit against the Archdiocese of Edmonton was actually death from meningitis, a government record obtained by The Catholic Register affirms. In court filings last February, lead plaintiff Sphenia Jones says she witnessed fellow student Vicky Stewart dying “after being hit in the head with a wood implement...

Misoprostol pills used for a chemical abortion being sent by mail in Canada, are not in non-compliance with regulations, says Health Canada. (Public domain)

Health Canada says online abortion pill provider not ‘directly’ providing drugs

Health Canada has determined a Canadian non-profit doesn’t directly distribute drugs despite the organization’s claim to have provided the abortion pill to over 100,000 women. After an enquiry last month from The Catholic Register, Health Canada opened an investigation on Women on Web. In an April 10 email, Health Canada told the Register it had...

A First Nations choir sings at Mass to mark the Easter Sunday signing of a Sacred Covenant between the Kamloops First Nation, the Archdiocese of Vancouver, and the Diocese of Kamloops. There appear to be no plans for other Canadian bishops to immediately follow suit. (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc photo)

Covenant signing a ‘local initiative,’ with hopes of more to follow

By Anna Farrow Montreal Correspondent Though Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller called the Easter accord between the Kamloops First Nation and two British Columbia Catholic dioceses a significant and historic “milestone,” there appear to be no plans for other Canadian bishops to immediately follow suit. Andrew Ehrkamp, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, noted...

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...

Cabrini, the latest movie from the team that produced Bella (2006) and Sound of Freedom (2023), opened on March 8 in cinemas across North America. The choice of International Women’s Day for the premiere was no doubt intentional, a way of telegraphing to the world, “See? See? The Catholic Church has strong, powerful women, too.” The lush biopic highlights...

St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre in Montreal

Judge denies MAiD stay on Montreal centre

A Quebec Superior Court judge has denied the Archdiocese of Montreal’s request for a stay of the legal obligation placed on a Montreal palliative care centre to offer assisted death to its residents. Justice Catherine Piché said in her March 1 ruling that “the balance of convenience does not favour the issuance of a stay.”...

‘Graphic images’ law challenged

A Christian advocacy organization is challenging a St. Catharines city bylaw barring flyers with “graphic images” from being delivered to city homes. In a Feb. 20 application to the Ontario Superior Court, ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) asserted that city council stepped outside its authority by suppressing Charter-protected political speech. In September, after only...

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