Nightfever invites guests to join in prayer. It originated at WYD 2005 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo from Nightfever)

Nightfever invites guests into Christ’s presence

By Luke Mandato The Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth is hosting the youth-driven initiative Nightfever Sunday evening at Halifax’s St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, offering passersby an invitation to join in prayer.  Nightfever is aimed at young people 16-35 who are passing by who will be invited to spend some time in prayer inside the downtown cathedral. Those...

Protesters in Toronto after reports of unmarked graves found at the former Kamloops Residential School in 2021. The new book Grave Error: How the Media Misled Us (and the Truth about Residential Schools), examines the truth behind the assumptions that followed. (Michael Swan/The Catholic Register)

Media buy-in drove graves’ social panic

Media buy-in drove graves’ social panic BY ANNA FARROW Montreal Correspondent In the newly published Grave Error: How the Media Misled Us (and the Truth about Residential Schools), C.P Champion and Tom Flanagan have assembled 18 essays that delve into the truth behind the widely adopted assumptions that followed the so-called May 2021 “discovery” of...

The third offering of Telling Truth in Charity, an introductory journalism course from Canadian Catholic News, starts Tuesday, Jan. 23. (Yan Arief/Flickr)

Canadian Catholic Journalism Course Getting Some American Attention

A project to reshape the future of Catholic journalism in Canada has just taken an unexpected turn. In the third iteration of the course, there are as many Americans as Canadians signed up. Dominic Chan, director of technology and photo services for Canadian Catholic News, said on Monday that at the start of the 12-week...

The heads of Mary and baby Jesus were broken off a statue at Ste. Anne-Des-Pins in Sudbury, Ont.

Database tracks persecution of Christians

Global Christian Relief (GCR) has launched a new searchable violent incidents database (VID) that chronicles all the violent attacks on Christians and people of faith around the world. The catalogue already comprises 6,000 cases of violent persecution dating back to 2022, including a number of incidents in Canada. Cases that qualify for this index include...

A Cardus study found that climate change did not have an impact on women’s decisions about their family size. (Adobe)

For Canadian women it’s about diaper changes, not climate changes: Cardus report

By Sheila Nonato It may seem like climate change is the No. 1 concern for most Canadians. But it’s not a major factor in Canadian women’s decisions about the size of their families, according to a new report released by Cardus. “We’re responding to social media worries (that suggest) everybody is worried about climate change....

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...

Catholic high school student Josh Alexander will remain barred from his Catholic high school in Ontario. Trustees rejected the appeal of his suspension over his views on gender. (X photo)

Catholic school board upholds suspension of student over two-gender comments

A panel of three Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) trustees rejected the appeal of Josh Alexander, the high school student suspended for alleged bullying by stating in a class discussion that God created only two genders, male and female. The 17-year-old will remain barred from continuing his studies at St. Joseph’s High School...

Father Deacon Andrew Bennett addresses a fundraising breakfast for Catholic Pacific College in December. “Increasingly young adults see what the world is offering them, and they realize it’s not what they want,” he said. (Paul Schratz photos)

Something’s happening among 18 to 34 year olds: a search for truth

When it comes to supporting Catholic education, the audience that came to hear Father Deacon Andrew Bennett’s fundraising talk for Catholic Pacific College was as committed as it gets. By the time he had finished, however, they were not only aware of how much Canada needs inspired Catholic young people, but they could also see...

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