A wooden church damaged by a rocket attack during the Russian invasion of the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine in 2022. On the second anniversary of the invasion, Canadian Christians have written a pastoral letter calling for prayers and an immediate end to the war, (OSV News photo/Viacheslav Ratynskyi, Reuters)

Canadian bishops add voice to Christian appeal for Ukraine peace

Canada’s Catholic bishops have joined Christian counterparts in marking the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with an invitation for all to join in praying for peace. In a pastoral letter released Feb. 21, three days before the Feb. 24 anniversary of Russia’s full-scale attack on its neighbour, national representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox,...

Two Spirit Day volunteers greet some of the 1,800 Grade 7 students who gathered at Pacific Academy in Surrey for this year’s Confirmation year event, themed “Anointed.” (Derek Juneson and Miso Media photos)

‘I opened my heart to Jesus’ at Spirit Day

When 1,800 Grade 7 students descended on Surrey’s Pacific Academy Nov. 4 and 5 for Anointed, this year’s Spirit Day for confirmation-age youth, it looked – and sounded – like they were having the time of their lives. So we reached out to students, volunteers, parents, and catechists to make sure. The consensus was clear:...

Canada Post’s 2023 Christmas stamp portrays the newborn Jesus cradled in Mary’s arm as she gently gazes down with love.

Canada Post’s 2023 Christmas stamp portrays the newborn Jesus cradled in Mary’s arm as she gently gazes down with love. Canada Post’s 2023 Christmas stamp was designed by Vancouver artist Adrian Horvath. (Canada Post images)

Vancouver artist depicts mother’s sacrificial love in Marian Christmas stamp from Canada Post

Vancouver artist Adrian Horvath has been designing postage stamps for Canada Post for years, from an Endangered Turtles of Canada set to a collection of Snow Mammals. He even worked on the famed Star Trek series of stamps the post office issued in 2016 and 2017.  But Horvath’s latest work holds special importance for him as a Christian. His design for...

A pilgrim prays on the steps outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Oct. 10. A group of St. Nicholas pilgrims from Langley who were about to leave for Israel had to make a last-minute decision whether to continue with a truncated trip or stay home. (Debbie Hill/OSV News/BC Catholic)

Canadian pilgrims headed to Israel forced to make some tough choices

As anxiety and frustration grow among Canadians trying to get out of war-mobilized Israel, Maria Moreno is grateful she isn’t one of them. 

Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, where he issued a statement condemning last week’s attacks on Israel. On Thursday the Canadian bishops issued a statement calling for a de-escalation of violence and urging leaders to seek lasting peace (CNS Photo/Vatican Media via The B.C. Catholic)

Canadian bishops and Vancouver Archbishop offer prayers for peace, Jewish community

Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller and the Canadian bishops both released statements concerning the recent violence in Israel, with Archbishop Miller “unequivocally” condemning Saturday’s attack by Hamas and the bishops calling for prayers for peace and a de-escalation of violence. In a message to Vancouver’s Jewish community on Monday, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller “unequivocally...

Speaking after the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis said he is following “with apprehension and sorrow,” the latest news from Israe. Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller sent a message of prayer and support to Vancouver’s Jewish community. He is attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome. (Vatican News photo via The B.C. Catholic)

Archbishop Miller calls attack on Israel contrary to moral, international law

In a message to Vancouver’s Jewish community, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller “unequivocally condemned” Saturday’s attack on Israel, calling it an offence against moral and international law. Commenting from Rome where he is attending the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, the Archbishop said Monday the news about “the Hamas incursion into Israel is devastating.” The...

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.”

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...

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