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The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges to the Family has generated enormous interest around the world.  But there is another important event taking place that many are overlooking: the beatification of Pope Paul VI, who concluded the Second Vatican Council and inaugurated the Synod of Bishops. One of the President Delegates of the 2014 Synod is Cardinal ...read more
Cardinal George Pell is one of the most well-known leaders of the Roman Catholic Church.  Appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 and Archbishop of Sydney in 2001, he has been a consistent and unwavering voice in favour of traditional Catholic doctrine particularly in the Western world.  In 2008, his diocese hosted the World Youth Day and Apostolic Journey of Pope ...read more
  Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. He is often referred to as the “prince of paradox”. Art? Politics? History? Literature? Philosophy? Faith? You name it. Whatever it is, G.K. had something ...read more
Christian Riesbeck was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970. He grew up in Ottawa, specialized in Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and pursued studies for the priesthood in the Companions of the Cross. Ordained to the priesthood in 1996, he did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Kingston as well as in ...read more
Brother Emile first heard of Taizé in 1974 in his small hometown in Northern Ontario where there was not much to interest young people in Christianity. Accepting an invitation to visit the little community tucked in Burgandy, France, he rediscovered the Christian faith that had been part of his childhood, but that he had abandoned ...read more
Apostolic Nuncios are personal representatives of the Holy Father in each country, and are living reminders of the universality of the Church. A nuncio works closely with the local churches (dioceses) and the Conference of Bishops to foster communication between the Church in that country with the Holy Father and the many Vatican departments. The ...read more