Pope Benedict XVI at a general audience at the Vatican in 2007. “The life, writings, and Petrine ministry of Benedict XVI were immensely formative for me and for all Catholics of today,” writes J.P. Sonnen. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict was the Pope of the hour and he lasted only just that long

By J.P. Sonnen With profound sorrow and immense gratitude I learned of the impending death of Benedict XVI while on holiday at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta.  In the breakfast room with my wife and a close friend we discussed the news of his kidney failure and the impending funeral.  Looking out the...

Richard Leskun says he was pressured repeatedly to put a do-not-resuscitate order on his wife Marilynn at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Then staff offered to euthanize her. (Contributed photos)

Hospital put ‘do not resuscitate’ order on elderly woman, then urged husband to euthanize her

By Terry O’Neill Richard Leskun remained at his wife Marilynn’s side nearly 24 hours a day after she was admitted to Abbotsford Regional Hospital, the result of a fall from her wheelchair.  Over the next several days Leskun found himself not only caring for his 71-year-old wife, but also fending off efforts by medical staff...

A monk walks down a hallway toward Father Dunstan Massey’s The Temptation of St. Benedict. The work was the first of Father Massey’s frescos completed in 1974. (Nicholas Elbers photos)

The art of Father Dunstan Massey still accompanies monks at Westminster Abbey

By Nicholas Elbers It’s hard to imagine Westminster Abbey without Father Dunstan Massey’s artistic fingerprints brushed and carved over and into seemingly every surface. Throughout the corridors, halls, and church of the Mission abbey, paintings and carvings bear the distinctive style of the Benedictine monk and prolific artist who passed away Dec. 26 at the...

Fraser Health Authority documents received by The B.C. Catholic under a freedom-of-information request show the implementation of euthanasia caused “ethical dilemmas” for some care providers. A doctor who headed the authority’s palliative-care team resigned in protest. (Adobe)

Staff who opposed MAiD faced ‘ethical dilemmas,’ withheld Fraser Health documents show

By Terry O’Neill B.C.’s largest regional health authority has finally taken the wraps off unpublished documents showing the introduction of assisted suicide in Fraser Health Authority hospitals and residences sparked emotional concern and opposition among health-care staff.  The documents, requested by The B.C. Catholic under a freedom-of-information request, show the implementation of euthanasia became “an...

Detective Constable Marty Cayer, centre, has added a second vocation to his Vancouver Police responsibilities. The Catholic deacon now serves as a VPD chaplain. Shown with him are Vancouver Police Sgt.-Maj. Ray Gardner and Sgt. Dave Moe. (Terry O’Neill photos)

How a deacon is serving the soul of VPD’s ‘big blue family’

By Terry O’Neill Marty Cayer’s business card describes him as Detective/Constable #2023 with the Youth Investigative Unit of the Vancouver Police Department. Since October 2021, however, the 22-year veteran officer has embraced a second vocation that he considers even more important: that of a permanent deacon, currently serving at Christ the Redeemer Parish in West...

Archbishop J. Michael Miller receives his pallium as Archbishop of Vancouver from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. In his homilies following the death of the Pope Emeritus the Archbishop spoke about the gifts of the Pontiff he worked for in Rome for three years. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano) (June 29, 2009)

Archbishop Miller reflects on the Pope he once worked with

In the days following the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop J. Michael Miller spoke about the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI and offered prayers for the Pontiff he worked with in Rome for three years.  During his homily for the First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God on...

Archbishop Miller receiving his archbishop’s pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Archbishop Miller said Benedict’s death was a cause of sadness but also of gratitude for his ministry. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano)

World has lost ‘one of the finest Christian minds of modern times’: Archbishop Miller on death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at age 95

By B.C. Catholic and Canadian Catholic News Tributes for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI have poured in from leaders of the Canadian Catholic community following the former Pontiff’s passing on Dec. 31 at his residence at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery. Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller commended Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as an intellectual giant and great...

Pope Francis celebrates Mass to start the synodal process in 2021. Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller will represent Canada’s English bishops at the 2023 Synod on Synodality in Rome next year. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Abp. Miller to represent Canada’s English bishops at synod in Rome

By Terry O’Neill Archbishop J. Michael Miller has been elected by his fellow Canadian bishops as one of six bishops who will represent the Canadian Catholic Church at the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The Bishops’ Synod on Synodality will mark the beginning of the final phase of the global synodal process...

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