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Church to blame for residential schools: poll

While the work toward a formal apology from Pope Francis is ongoing, a clear majority of Canadians hold the Catholic Church primarily responsible for the damage done by residential schools, according to a Leger poll conducted June 4- 6.

De Souza: Lets set record straight on papal apologies

Somehow a story about hundreds of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School became a story about what Pope Francis should do, not a story about the lives lost or why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau only rushed to provide money for documenting such graves when Kamloops was in the headlines, five years after he first promised to do so.

Alberta bishops offer support during Catholic Education Week May 10-14

Catholic Education Week May 10-14 celebrates the important and vital role that publicly funded Catholic schools play in Alberta by providing a faith-based education to more than 180,000 students.

VIDEO: Archbishop Smith responds to new Assisted Suicide law

In this short video, Archbishop Smith responds to the new legislation of Bill C-7 in Canada which expands euthanasia and assisted suicide to those without foreseeable death.

Guidelines for Holy Week & Easter

General Guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week which leads to Easter is the heart of the liturgical year. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers the following guidelines for Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.

Parishes are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. If you are healthy and able, and if your home parish has space for you, it is best to attend these liturgies in person.

The Archdiocese is encouraging the faithful, who cannot attend in-person in their own church, to participate in the live-streamed celebrations presided over by Archbishop Richard Smith during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum as a sign of unity. The livestreamed Archdiocesan liturgies will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

Comments attributed to Pope Francis

With regard to questions arising about comments attributed recently in the media to Pope Francis, it belongs to the Holy See (the Vatican) to issue explanations and clarifications. If and when such information is issued, the Archdiocese of Edmonton would be pleased to offer an explanatory comment upon it.

Fire causes substantial damage at Sacred Heart Church of First Peoples

We are saddened to learn of today’s fire at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples but grateful that no one has been hurt.

Reminder: No Skaro Pilgrimage this week

Even without the pilgrimage, we can still turn to the Blessed Mother in prayer.

Archbishop offers message of condolence following Beirut explosion

Archbishop will celebrate Mass at the Maronite parish on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Heartbreaking Loss of Historic Church

Arson has destroyed important part of Catholic history in east-central Alberta.

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