BLOG: Canada
Earlier today, the Permanent Council for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion. Issued by the CCCB’s Permanent Council, the letter expresses concern about an “aggressive relativism” in Canada that seeks to relegate religion to the private sphere. More than that, the Permanent Council explains why ...read more
Thousands of pro-life supporters from across Canada gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday for the 2012 National March for Life. Khoi Vu and I had the great privilege in taking part in this year’s events. Cloudy skies and a constant threat of rain did not deter the young, old, man and woman from coming ...read more
When thinking about sites of Marian pilgrimage this May, our thoughts often fly to places overseas. Our Lady has also carved a special place for herself a little closer to home. Lying 150 kilometers east of Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, Cap-de-la-Madeleine was used as a Jesuit missionary station as early ...read more
Andrew Santos had the chance to sit down with Laurie Friesen, Youth Director for the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon, at the 2012 Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network Conference in Ottawa, Ont. Nearly 300 Youth Ministers and Archdiocesan Youth Directors from across Canada gathered in Ottawa for this bi-annual event. ...read more
Not only did Pope Benedict XVI give Canada a new Cardinal, but he also approved the canonization of a new Canadian Saint. Along with six others, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be proclaimed a saint later this year — on October 21, 2012. Published below is an official statement released by Archbishop Richard Smith, president of ...read more
The time has finally come! After countless interviews and extensive coverage, Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto was formally inducted into the College of Cardinals at a public consistory earlier today. Collins is now the 16th Cardinal in Canadian history. As you can see in the video above, Archbishop Collins was called forward by Pope Benedict ...read more
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, elevated His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, to the College of Cardinals, an international group of principal advisors to the Pontiff: The appointment of Thomas Collins to the College of Cardinals is a great honour ...read more
Pedro delves into the world of Catholic publishing with Joseph Sinasac, Publishing Director of Novalis, and Suzanne Spino, President of Bayard Canada. We learn the difference between big “C” Catholic publishing and little “c” catholic publishing. We also venture out onto the streets of Vancouver to find out what people are reading. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: Find out which Canadians are visiting the Vatican this month. Plus, there’s good news for Canadians living on the east coast. ...read more
The Government of Canada is a step closer to making its Office of Religious Freedom a reality. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird held a roundtable discussion with religious leaders on Monday. The planned Office of Religious Freedom will be located in the Ottawa headquarters of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. There, Baird welcomed nearly 100 religious leaders, ...read more