Canadian named to lead Haitian church rebuilding campaign

A Canadian civil engineer with three decades of experience in project management and construction oversight has been hired by the Haitian Conference of Catholic Bishops to oversee church reconstruction in the earthquake-stricken country. Quebec native Yves Lacourciere will take on the task of rebuilding dozens of parishes, schools, convents and community buildings that were destroyed […]

New saints: Mother Mary MacKillop, Brother Andre Bessette

VATICAN CITY — At today’s canonization Mass to proclaim six new saints, Pope Benedict spoke about figures dear to Catholics of Australia and Canada, Mother Mary MacKillop and Brother Andre Bessette. St. MacKillop, the pope said, began a teaching ministry that continues today: “Remember who your teachers were – from these you can learn the wisdom […]

Everyone likes getting noticed for doing good work

People like being noticed for their work even if they think it’s not necessary to receive an award for helping others. Members of the Knights of Columbus are no exception. The Knights honored one family and several councils for a job well done during their 126th Supreme Convention Aug. 5-7 in Quebec City. Dr. Mario Loomis, a member of St. […]

Knights of Columbus convention around the corner

The Knights of Columbus will be holding its 126th annual Supreme Convention Aug. 5-7. This year the convention will take place in Quebec City, the same site as June’s International Eucharistic Conference. The Intermountain Catholic recently published two stories regarding local councils of the Knights of Columbus. The first article looks at the centennial celebration of the oldest council […]

‘Citizen journalism’ at World Youth Day

“Citizen journalism” is a new buzzword in the newspaper industry — and one many professional journalists are not too fond of — as the mainstream media struggle to find new methods to engage readers in the Internet age. But it occured to me this morning that we have an interesting form of citizen journalism going on at World Youth […]

From Tim Russert to healthy priests: Our top stories for June

It’s always fascinating to look back at our most-viewed stories for the previous month, both for what they say about our readers’ passions as well as how they highlight our best reporting. June had its share of both, from the liturgical stories that always draw attention to a great story on priests’ health that’s been […]

Youths gather for mini-World Youth Day at eucharistic congress

QUEBEC CITY — Young people participating in the 49th International Eucharistic Congress today got to tell Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who had served as Pope John Paul’s secretary for almost 40 years, thank you. They were grateful to Pope John Paul II for World Youth Days and for instilling in them passion and love […]

International Eucharistic Congress goes green

QUEBEC CITY — When journalists and more than 12,000 pilgrims arrived in Quebec City for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, they were given black backpacks filled with the expected programs, booklets, a radio for translation and maps to help them navigate the week of lectures, conferences and liturgies. But they also were given utensils, a water bottle […]