Parishioners pray before the pilgrim Our Lady of Fatima statue at St. James Church in Abbotsford. The World Apostolate of Fatima wants to revive devotion to Our Lady of Fatima in Canada. (Paul Schratz photo)

Our Lady of Fatima’s visit to Vancouver: a decade-long journey

For Ethelyn David, Catholic event organizing seems to be second nature. From Marian conferences to parish missions, she has been promoting and coordinating celebrations of faith and devotion across the Archdiocese of Vancouver through her Mediatrix Conferences organization. But she hadn’t intended to be front and centre in Our Lady of Fatima’s visit to Vancouver....

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...

From left, Fr. Fábio de Souza, Fr. Pierre Ducharme, O.F.M., and Fr. Daniel Ouellet, the Canadian priests taking part in the “Parish Priests for the Synod” international meeting.

Priests pumped to add voices to synod panel

They have yet to receive an agenda outlining what their Vatican visit will entail, but Fr. Fábio de Souza, Fr. Pierre Ducharme, O.F.M., and Fr. Daniel Ouellet told The Catholic Register they are ready to discern, listen and share at the “Parish Priests for the Synod” international meeting. At the Holy See’s behest, the Canadian Conference of...

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...

Former Kamloops Chief Manny Jules presents Archbishop Miller with a stole marked with symbols Tk’emlúps historical events. On Easter Sunday, Archbishop Miller and Kamloops Bishop Joseph Nguyen signed a Sacred Covenant with the Kamloops First Nation to forge a new relationship between the Church and Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. (Matthew Furtado/Archdiocese of Vancouver)

Kamloops First Nation, Catholic dioceses forge new path with Sacred Covenant signing

The journey to the Easter Sunday signing in Kamloops of a sacred covenant between the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops First Nation) and Catholic bishops from Vancouver and Kamloops took several years, and it was the efforts of two men that began the process, say Kamloops Chief Rosanne Casimir and Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller. Both...

A message to Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller conveys greetings and a blessing for participants of the reconciliation event in Kamloops on Easter Sunday. (Archdiocese of Vancouver)

Pope Francis sends prayers for Sacred Covenant between Kamloops First Nation and Church

Pope Francis has sent prayers and greetings to the Kamloops First Nation, the Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Diocese of Kamloops to mark the signing of their Sacred Covenant on Easter Sunday. In a message to Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said, “His Holiness Pope Francis sends...

Tammy Peterson with her husband Jordan and her friend Queenie Yu, by her side. Tammy Peterson was confirmed in front of a packed Holy Rosary Church in Toronto at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 30. She joined 11 catechumens who were confirmed and three who were baptized. (Sheila Nonato photos)

Tammy Peterson confirmed in front of fellow parishioners at Toronto Catholic Church

By Sheila Nonato TORONTO- Canadian podcaster and cancer survivor Tammy Maureen Peterson stood with eight other catechumens and their sponsors Saturday night in front of a packed crowd of hundreds of fellow parishioners at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in midtown Toronto where three were baptized and 12 were confirmed as Roman Catholics. Peterson received the...

Undated photo of Father Jean-Marie-Raphael Le Jeune’s grave at the Oblate Cemetery in Mission. The Archdiocese of Vancouver and the Kamloops Indian band discovered a mutual respect for Father Le Jeune, which will be acknowledged on Easter Sunday at a reconciliation event in Kamloops. (B.C. Catholic Archives)

Vancouver Archbishop signs Sacred Covenant with Kamloops First Nation

Almost three years ago, reports of underground anomalies near a former Kamloops residential school caused a firestorm of media mistruths about mass graves, which became a focus of Pope Francis’ visit to Canada in 2022. Now, the Church and the Kamloops First Nation are about to acknowledge historical and recent painful experiences and continue “walking...

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