St. John’s Archdiocese liable for Mount Cashel abuse settlement

The Archdiocese of St. John’s is on the hook for outstanding bills the Christian Brothers of Ireland left behind after going bankrupt following the settlement of child abuse lawsuits relating to the Mount Cashel Orphanage.

On Jan. 14, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear one last appeal from the archdiocese, which has always denied it was responsible for the abuse that occurred at Mount Cashel dating back to the 1950s.

The archdiocese has argued before the court that it was not involved in the orphanage’s day-to-day operations and that the Christian Brothers was a lay organization whose members were not ordained priests of the archdiocese.

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Popes Francis and Benedict receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 after the Vatican started vaccinating its employees and residents Jan. 13.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, confirmed the news Jan. 14.

While it was reported widely that Pope Francis received the vaccine Jan. 13, the retired pope’s secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, told Vatican News that Pope Benedict received his shot the morning of Jan. 14.

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MacNeil: Two new faces and a new religious education resource

Alberta’s school superintendents have welcomed two new faces to support Catholic education in the province, and a new religious education resource to be implemented this year.

The Council of the Catholic Superintendents of Alberta welcomed executive director Michael Hauptman in September of this school year.

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