Immigration "Dramatically Changed" Catholic Church Since Last Pope Elected

April 10, 2005

Source: Press

On April 10, 2005 the Canadian Press reported, "It's been nearly 27 years since a pope was selected, and the landscape of Catholicism in Canada has changed dramatically. Drive through Montreal's Haitian neighbourhoods, the black communities of Halifax or Toronto's 'other Chinatown' in the north end of the city - all pockets of settlement that barely existed the day Pope John Paul was chosen Oct. 16, 1978 - and the indelible mark immigration has left on Canada's Roman Catholic Church is obvious. Catholic schools and churches stand where once there were none. Adjacent community centres host multicultural forums and dinner dances. Homilies are delivered in Korean, Cantonese and the Filipino dialect of Tagalog."