BLOG: Refugees
Here is some of what we’ve been reading this week across the country: In Ontario, Catholic Crosscultural Services is helping government-assisted refugees settle into their home In Saskatoon, an elementary school has stepped up to sponsor a refugee family from Burundi. From Edmonton, we get this look at what Lent is and is not.   ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives we take a look to the celebrations of the solemnity of Epiphany at the Vatican and we show you how Iraqi refugees celebrate Christmas ...read more
The brutal attacks in Paris last Friday have sparked an impassioned conversation that has sadly, though necessarily, become part of our everyday lives, namely, what are we going to do about this? The draconian responses of the French government in pursuit of the perpetrators and against ISIS strongholds in Syria are understandable. So too is their ...read more
Here are a few things that we’ve been reading about across the country this week: In Antigonish, NS a significant donation to St. Francis Xavier University means more people who would not normally have access to post-secondary education will not get that access. In Toronto, the Archdiocese is on track to bring 100 refugee families ...read more
On Friday afternoon, September 25, 2015, Pope Francis arrived at the Catholic School Our Lady, Queen of Angels in East Harlem to meet with children of the school as well as immigrant families from the area. See below for the full text of the Pope’s prepared remarks. Address of Pope Francis Meeting with Children and ...read more
Pope Francis has returned to his regular schedule of activities at the Vatican. He held his first general audience this week after taking a one month break. His statement that divorced and remarried Catholics should not be treated as if they have been excommunicated made headlines around the world. However, the real issue that the ...read more
Bigger than any financial scandal or bishops’ resignation was the story of hundreds of illegal migrants who drowned off the coast of Libya when their vessel capsized. Pope Francis used his Angelus address to draw attention to the tragedy and call on the international community to take “decisive and quick action” to prevent further tragedies. ...read more
The Director of Jesuit Refugee Services in Syria, Fr. Nawras Sammour, SJ visited Toronto last week to speak about the ongoing civil war and refugee crisis plaguing his home country. The event, which was co-hosted by Canadian Jesuits International and Development and Peace, was held at the Jesuit parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in ...read more
It was not too long ago that we heard about the Syrian civil war every night on the news.  As the original struggle of the Syrian people for greater liberty morphed into a violent tit-for-tat with Bashar al-Assad’s government, the eyes of the international community were fixed on the country, appalled daily by the skyrocketing ...read more
This is what has been happening across the country this week: In Ottawa, the government has made changes to the immigration rules for refugees and their families. Some say the changes could tear families apart. In Regina, Archbishop James Weisgerber was presented with the St. Edmund Campion medal by Campion College. In Edmonton, a Development ...read more