Steve Weatherbe holds a Christians for Israel sign in Victoria with other supporters. The group gathers to protest pro-Palestinian rallies in Victoria. (Contributed photos)

Victoria Catholic picks up support while showing solidarity for Israel

Sometimes, a free afternoon is all you need to start a counter-protest. Catholic pro-life organizer and retired journalist Steven Weatherbe was visiting Vancouver with his wife, who was attending a conference. He was at a loss for what to do with his afternoon, and then he saw a pro-Palestinian rally forming at the Vancouver Art...

Decorating or “writing” Easter Pysanky eggs can be a metaphor for the Resurrection. Just as Christ’s body was made bloody and scarred before its renewal on Easter Sunday, so too is the egg made ugly before its beauty can be unveiled with a candle flame. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

Celebrating the Easter art of pysanky

For decades, the Madonna House Apostolate has been practising the Ukrainian tradition of pysanky, the “writing,” or dying of ornate eggs. Now the tradition has taken on new significance by helping to create a sense of solidarity with people in Ukraine, says Madonna House community member Emmanuella Kim. The centuries-old Ukrainian practice of pysanky is...

Rabbi Jonathan Infeld and Archbishop J. Michael Miller shake hands at a recent talk by the rabbi to Archdiocese of Vancouver employees. The rabbi expressed appreciation to the Archdiocese and Vancouver Police for their support of the Jewish community. (Arleen D Souza photos)

Rabbi offers thanks to two friends of Vancouver Jewish community: the Archdiocese and the VPD

Anti-Semitic rhetoric has become so intense amid pro-Palestinian sentiment in Canada that a Vancouver rabbi is more concerned about the safety of his oldest son, currently on a Montreal university campus working to stop anti-Semitism, than about his middle child, who is currently living in Israel. Speaking to Archdiocese of Vancouver employees at the John...

Twenty years after Philomena Fraser collected residential school stories for Amongst God’s Own, the Enduring Legacy of St. Mary’s Mission, she was able to revisit her work and find additional stories for the book’s republishing as St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School. (St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School.)

20 years ago, lines of people came to tell their stories for B.C. residential school book

“People had never divulged what happened to them” at St. Mary’s Indian Residential School, chronicler Philomena Fraser says in an interview with The B.C. Catholic. “They had kept it secret, and I learned a lot.” Twenty years after collecting stories for a history of the Mission residential school entitled Amongst God’s Own, the Enduring Legacy of...

Pages from the reprinted history of St. Mary’s Indian Residential School show Indigenous children at the school in Mission and celebrating their First Communion. The 2002 book by B.C. author Terry Glavin has been republished and will be distributed to churches and schools by the Archdiocese of Vancouver. (St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School)

Acclaimed residential school history gets a new lease on life

In the story of residential schools, “Catholics are victims too,” says author Terry Glavin. “The people who suffered in residential schools were Catholics.” Glavin spoke those words during an interview about the republishing of his 2002 book St. Mary’s: The Legacy of an Indian Residential School, which recounts the history of the former St. Mary’s Residential School...

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. 

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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