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Son's murder shook mother's faith to the core

January 26, 2015

A mother's faith was shaken to the core after her son was shot dead in 2007 in B.C.'s worst gang murder case. "I literally hated God," Eileen Mohan told The B.C. Catholic. "My faith, my everything, was taken away from me. I stopped believing at that moment." Eileen and her 22-year-old son Christopher lived in an apartment building in Surrey. When they temporarily moved from the 14th to the 15th floor seven years ago, they unknowingly became across-the-hall neighbours of drug trafficker Corey Lal. "I bumped into him a couple of times, and he would say 'hi' to me," Eileen recalled. "He seemed a nice person. There was nothing for me to think he was a drug dealer."

Pope Francis names landmark Guelph church a basilica

January 26, 2015

GUELPH, ONT. – The Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, the childhood parish of Cardinal Thomas Collins, has been named a basilica. The landmark church perched on a hill overlooking the city was designated a basilica last month by Pope Francis, catching parishioners by surprise. Parishioners heard the news Dec. 8 during a special Mass celebrating the church's new altar when Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby announced at the end of his homily that Pope Francis had approved the designation.

Daughters of St. Paul made for media

Sr. Helena Burns

January 26, 2015

Over the years, the strongest of Pauline Sisters could manage the huge printing presses and handle the massive rolls of paper – work that men usually did. But these women religious were determined to share the Gospel the way their founder thought best a century ago: The Daughters of St. Paul were made for media. Today, the sisters outsource printing, but have their hands in almost every media pie imaginable spanning print, broadcast and the Internet. Technology has been good to these media mavens. "That's what makes us so unique.

Holy Trinity Parish celebrates mortgage burning

January 26, 2015

SPRUCE GROVE – A wonderful celebration and mortgage burning took place on Jan. 11 at Holy Trinity Church here. The parishioners paid off the mortgage on their church building ahead of schedule. Bishop Paul Terrio of St. Paul, pastor of Holy Trinity from 2002 to 2012, came to celebrate with the parish. Terrio spoke of the challenges he faced in leading parishioners to become a community and how, working with the parish finance committee, he instituted the unpopular weekly second collection, to meet the monthly mortgage payment of $20,825.

Bringing roses to abortion clinic lands woman in jail

Mary Wagner

January 26, 2015

Mary Wagner is back behind bars after illegally entering a Toronto abortion facility armed with roses and pregnancy-help information cards. Within half an hour of her arrival on Dec. 23, police spilled out of three cars and arrested the 40-year-old British Columbia woman, charging her with breach of probation, and mischief for interfering with a business. Wagner has been in and out of prison in Ontario over the past four years. She spent two years locked up while her lawyer Charles Lugosi defended her in the Ontario Court of Justice on charges of mischief for interfering with a business and other minor charges. She was convicted last June and he is seeking leave to appeal. Lugosi said the judge and the prosecution wanted to release Wagner on bail but she refused to sign an undertaking promising she would not return to the facility.

New cardinals reflect Church's global nature

January 12, 2015

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis has named 20 new cardinals, 11 of them from the global South. The new cardinals come "from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the Church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world," the pope said. Fifteen of the new cardinals are under age 80 and will be eligible to vote in a papal election.

Pope names 20 new cardinals

January 12, 2015

Here is the list of the new cardinals announced by Pope Francis Jan. 4 at the Vatican:

  • French Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, prefect of the Apostolic Signature, 62.
  • Portuguese Patriarch Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente of Lisbon, 66.

Catholics, evangelicals differ on space exploration

January 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – How people value space exploration may depend on their particular faith. An analysis of several national surveys by a University of Dayton political science professor found that Catholics are more supportive of the U.S. maintaining a leading role in exploring space and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence than members of evangelical churches. Political scientist Joshua Ambrosius told Catholic News Service evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, are significantly less likely than people of other churches and faiths to see the value of the nation's space endeavours.

Southside church on target to open before Christmas 2015

January 12, 2015

Expectation is increasing among Corpus Christi parishioners as their new 1,500-seat church continues to go up without a hitch. The church, now more than half-built, is expected to be ready by December. "It's all up. We will celebrate Christmas at Corpus Christi in 2015," vows Father Jim Corrigan, the pastor. "What I have been telling people is, 'Take a drive by 34th Street and 28th Avenue and take a look at the church that you are building because it's really quite amazing.'"

Atonement sister supports victims of domestic violence

Sr. Lucinda Patterso

January 12, 2015

Domestic violence happens in one out of three homes. This statistic comes from someone who deals with this tragedy – hidden by closed doors and threats. Sister Lucinda Patterson, CEO of Lurana Shelter for 17 years, has seen the damage first hand, and she and her staff work to heal the shattered lives of women and children, and to prepare them to live independently.