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Bishop Mark Hagemoen, who was appointed Bishop of Saskatoon Sept. 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen transferred to Saskatoon diocese

Sep 12, 2017

Bishop Mark Hagemoen of Mackenzie-Fort Smith was on Tuesday named as Bishop of Saskatoon, which covers a large portion of... Read more

Outside a homeless shelter.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man's journey to priesthood

Aug 25, 2017

Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol... Read more

In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Aug 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with... Read more

  Mechanical spider outside of Ottawa's Notre Dame Cathedral.

Canadian robot spider on cathedral spawns Twitter fame

Aug 3, 2017

On July 27, an enormous spider was seen descending from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa, Ontario.  Read more

Bishop responds: No, abortion isn't a Canadian 'core' value

Jul 5, 2017

Responding to a Canadian politician who called abortion a central aspect of the country's human rights efforts, a local bishop... Read more

Catholic school room.

Canadian province to fight ruling booting students from Catholic schools

May 7, 2017

The Saskatchewan government has said it will seek a temporary exemption to block a judge’s ruling that could force up... Read more

Quebec cardinal pledges solidarity, prayer for victims of mosque attack

Jan 30, 2017

The deadly mosque attack in Quebec on Sunday prompted massive grief from the city's cardinal, and pledges to support the... Read more

Pope Francis mourns the Quebec mosque attack with Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, Jan. 30, 2017.

Pope Francis condemns shooting at Quebec mosque

Jan 30, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec, conveying his sorrow for the victims of a shooting the... Read more

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In Canada, assisted suicide could also kill Catholic healthcare

Nov 8, 2016

Only months after the Canadian Parliament approved legal assisted suicide, Catholic hospitals, palliative care centers and individual doctors have been... Read more

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Here's what could delay Canada's controversial assisted suicide bill

Jun 4, 2016

Days before Canada’s assisted suicide bill was originally supposed to take effect, lawmakers’ stark disagreements on religious freedom protections and... Read more

Prescription bottle.

'Don’t go there' – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

May 10, 2016

The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia... Read more

Canadians will regret legal assisted suicide, Cardinal Collins predicts

Apr 17, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

The coming legalization of assisted suicide in Canada will threaten the vulnerable, hide killing with euphemisms, and threaten the consciences... Read more

Canadian Parliament.

Closing of Canada’s religious freedom office could spell trouble for human rights

Mar 29, 2016

Canada’s decision to defund its Office of Religious Freedom will harm the country’s ability to defend religious minorities and human... Read more

Canada's 'commit life' campaign fights suicide with message of hope

Mar 23, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

A new campaign in Canada aims to reach those who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide by telling the stories... Read more

You can't get last rites if you plan to kill yourself, says Canadian archbishop

Feb 27, 2016

Legal assisted suicide will soon arrive in Canada, prompting a Catholic archbishop to reflect on what the last rites mean... Read more

Syrian refugees on the Slovenian Austrian border.

Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Nov 13, 2015

Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message... Read more

Cemetery.

Killing people is not compassion – religious leaders unite against assisted suicide

Nov 3, 2015

As Canada moves toward legalizing assisted suicide, Catholic bishops and a large Protestant coalition – along with Jewish and Muslim... Read more

Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa.

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Mar 20, 2015

Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint... Read more

Canadian Parliament.

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a thanksgiving Mass for Canadian saints François of Laval and Marie of the Incarnation on Oct. 12, 2014.

Highways, byways and sinners: these are the missionary fields

Oct 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of two Canadian saints Pope Francis said that a true missionary goes out... Read more