Coast to Coast: May 26 to 30


Here is some of what has been happening across the country this week:


In Vancouver, Archbishop Michael Miller wrote a letter calling the faithful of the west coast to take action against prostitution by offering women a way out. The letter comes months after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the nation’s laws do not protect prostituted women.


In St. Paul Alberta, the funeral of Fr. Gilbert Dasna was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Fr. Dasna was killed in the parish rectory. The killer is believed to be the same man who was himself killed in a gun battle with police hours later.


In Winnipeg, Archbishop Richard Gagnon has launched his Episcopal blog. In the most recent post he shares his participation in the recent royal visit.


A global summit about healthcare for mothers and their children was held in Toronto. Vanessa Santilli reports on progress made and the challenges that still lie ahead.


In Halifax, the archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth is undertaking a major renewal process.

Coast to Coast: May 10 to 16


Here’s what’s been happening across the country this week:

Vancouver has a new seminary. Six men from the Neocatechumenal Way are the first seminarians preparing for the priesthood at Vancouver’s new Redemptoris Mater seminary. 

In St. Paul, Alberta a priest was shot and killed by a man who was later involved in a shootout with police. Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton asks for prayers after the incident, and the diocese of St. Paul has funeral details

In Winnipeg, retired Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie met with Christian communication and news professionals to talk about transmitting the beauty of faith through their work, and why 12 step adddiction programs don’t work without God. 

And Toronto’s Catholic Register is in the Holy Land to cover next week’s papal visit

Perspectives Daily – Thurs. May 8, 2014

Today on Perspectives, the 2014 March for Life from Ottawa.

Perspectives Daily – Thurs. May 1, 2014

Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis sends a special message to students in Ontario and CNS talks to the head of Catholic Charities USA.

Coast to Coast: April 5 to April 12 , 2014


Here’s what’s happening across Canada this week:

In Brampton, Ontario a Ukranian Catholic Church that was built with the help of parishioners, burned to the ground over the weekend.

In Winnipeg, the director of the archdiocesan refugee sponsorship program says the Canadian government is abandoning Afghan refugees in an increasingly tense Russia.

In Vancouver, Catholic Cemeteries explores the Canadian history buried in their own backyard.

and in Montreal, a Sister of Notre Dame reflects on the kidnapping of Sr. Gilberte Bussiere

Coast to Coast will return on Saturday May 3, 2014.

Coast to Coast: a roundup of national stories

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Welcome to the newest feature on the Salt + Light blog: our Week in Review featuring a rundown of Canadian stories about and from the church…with the occasional international story for good measure.

In Regina, Archbishop Daniel Bohan is in talks with church officials in Vietnam about how the archdiocese can help Vietnamese seminarians become priests

In Ottawa, eulogies are not allowed during a funeral Mass. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast issued a decree about the proper place for eulogies last fall and it came into effect February.

In Vancouver, questions are being raised about how illegal immigrants are handled while waiting to be deported from Canada. A Vancouver priest was called to give last rites to a Mexican woman who hung herself in a holding cell at YVR airport, while awaiting deportation.

In Syndey, N.S., one community is fighting to save the only Polish church in Atlantic Canada

And on the international front, fans and devotees of G.K. Chesterton will be please to know an investigator has been assigned at the diocesan level to study the possibility of opening a cause for his sainthood. The investigator says Chesterton breaks the mold, or at least conventional ideas, of what holiness looks like.

(CNS Photo/Paul Haring)

Perspectives Daily – Wednesday, June 12

Today on Perspectives, a look at the general audience from St. Peter’s Square, daily mass with the Holy Father and lots of new on St. Anthony of Padua.

Canadian bishops celebrate Papal Inauguration

On March 19, the Catholic Church celebrates Pope Francis’ election to the papacy with a special Mass of Inauguration. Published below is a message from the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. For broadcast times and more information about this historical Mass, visit our dedicated Habemus Papam webpage.

This Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we celebrate the formal inauguration of the Petrine ministry of Francis, Servant of the Servants of God. Saint Joseph is both patron of the universal Church, and principal patron of Canada.

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of our country, I invite each member of our Church and everyone of good will to share in this moment of joy. Let us pray that God support and strengthen our new Pope in his ministry of universal pastor. May he lead, encourage and teach us all to give glory to God, and thus peace and good will to the world.

Pope Francis takes on the role of the Apostle Peter shown to us in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles: helping the disciples recognize Jesus and be a communion of love, strengthening us in the faith, witnessing to Jesus’ resurrection, and continuing Jesus’ ministry of healing and teaching (Mark 8.29,16.7; Matthew 16.18; Luke 22.32; John 20.6; Acts 2.14-49,3.2-10). He now serves, by the grace of God, as our “rock”.

From the outset, Pope Francis has invited us to turn to Mary, Mother of God, for her protection and intercession. This was manifested symbolically the day after his election, when he prayed to Our Lady at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, and left a bouquet of flowers on the altar.

Mary heard God and believed. She received into her very womb the Word made flesh. With Saint Joseph, she welcomed Jesus, and introduced him to the world. She learned from Jesus, and kept faith with him to the last. From the Cross, Jesus made Mary our mother in faith, and we her sons and daughters (John 19.26-27). With Mary, we introduce Jesus to our world, and are called to imitate Mary’s steadfast fidelity to our Lord, even in moments of betrayal, ignorance and suffering, so as to be effective witnesses to God’s life-giving glory.

With gratitude to God, let us welcome Pope Francis as he leads the Church into a new stage along the journey of evangelization and encounter. Just a few days ago, he told the Cardinals, “Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement…. [T]he Holy Spirit gives the Church… the courage to persevere and also to seek new methods of evangelization, to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to the deep needs of human existence, convincingly announcing that Christ is the only Saviour of the whole person and of all persons.”

Together, with Pope Francis, let us move forward into the future, following the way of Christ, filled with the faith, hope and love we share with Mary, journeying to the Father, emboldened, inspired and united in the Holy Spirit.

+ Richard Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton and
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

18 March 2013

Credit: CNS photo



Invitation to all the Catholic faithful in Canada from The Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the CCCB


Source: CCCB Website

For the more than 1.2 billion Christians around the world who are members of our Church, this is an important and solemn moment. The Cardinals of the Catholic Church, in prayer and meditation, free from interference by the outside world, will begin their Conclave to elect a new Successor to the Apostle Saint Peter.

The word “conclave” refers to a place with a key. Only a few staff are permitted occasional access to the Cardinals. They gather in prayer in the Sistine Chapel, just as before Pentecost the Apostles went to “the room upstairs” where they “constantly devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts of the Apostles, 1.13-14). The prayers of the Cardinals echo those almost 2,000 years ago: “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one … you have chosen” (Acts 1.24). This time, however, it is not Peter who summons the brethren and addresses them. It is the Cardinals, brothers in faith, who meet to discern the one whom the Lord has chosen to hand on the keys he has given Peter, “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16.18).

My brothers and sisters, I extend an invitation to you, on behalf of the Bishops of Canada and our brother Bishops around the world. The invitation comes from us as “successors of the Apostles, who together with the successor of Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the visible Head of the whole Church, govern the house of the living God” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium, no. 18). We invite each of you to join the Cardinals and the whole Church in praying to the Holy Spirit to show who is to be chosen as the new Successor of Peter.

As a sign and instrument of unity and communion, the new Pope will be called to lead the successors of the Apostles and all the faithful in apostolic teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2.14, 37-42). Let us pray that he, with Peter and like Peter, will be bold and strong in his witness, standing with the Apostles, speaking out, exhorting those near and far away, and capable of moving hearts to conversion and reconciliation.

May our prayers themselves be a witness to our communion and unity as Church. May they strengthen and renew our belief as Catholics that “Jesus Christ, the Eternal Shepherd,” has “placed Blessed Peter over the other Apostles, and instituted in him a permanent and visible source and foundation of unity of faith and communion” (Lumen Gentium, no. 18).

+ Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton and
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


Photo credit:

CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano

Fr. Thomas Rosica’s interview with Peter Mansbridge


This morning, CBC taped the “Mansbridge One on One” Interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., inside St. Paul’s Basilica in Toronto. The focus of the interview was the transition taking place in the papacy and the upcoming conclave. Photos from the interview are attached below.

Broadcast times are found below:

Peter Mansbridge presents a weekly interview program featuring conversations with the people who shape this country. Mark Harrison is the executive producer of Mansbridge One On One. Leslie Stojsic is the producer.

CBC News Network 6:30 p.m. ET

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