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From the Toronto Sun The celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada makes an interesting counterpoint to the holiday celebrated by our American neighbours. While Americans remember the Pilgrims settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. At the heart of our Thanksgiving celebration is the idea of giving thanks for the goodness ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Since 1670, the Catholic Church has marked today by celebrating the guardian angels. And this past Thursday, we commemorated the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael — angels in the big leagues! (Michael is the captain of the heavenly host; Gabriel foretold the coming of the Messiah; Raphael brings prayers before God.) ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Sometimes it seems that the only narrative coming out of the Middle East, and especially from the lands of Israel and Palestine, is war, terror, fear, displacement and hopelessness. This past week another message went forward from the lands of Israel and Palestine — the lands we call “holy.” Last Wednesday ...read more
From the Toronto Sun It’s that time of year again when many dinner-table conversations revolve around new teachers and new courses at school, college or university. What’s the new prof like in the history department? Does the TA at the medical faculty follow in the footsteps of the master professor? What pedagogy is the theology ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Hurricane Katrina is by far the worst natural disaster to hit North America in more than a century, leaving millions of people asking many questions. What kind of vindictive, terrible God would allow so many innocent people to be swept away? No one could have ever been prepared for the immensity ...read more
From the Toronto Sun It’s time to take stock of the unique experience that was World Youth Day 2005 in Germany last month. The cynics and the curious will ask: Will the event make any difference in how we celebrate and practice our faith? Was it worth the expense and effort? Could an elderly German ...read more
From the Toronto Sun MUNICH — Once the great events of World Youth Day 2005 ended last Sunday in Cologne, I joined a group of 95 university students from throughout Canada on an itinerant retreat through Germany and Italy, in the footsteps of the new saints and blesseds of the Church. (Among the group were ...read more
From the Toronto Sun COLOGNE — The eyes of the Christian world have been fixed on this Rhine River city as World Youth Day 2005 arrived. Nearly 410,000 young people from 190 countries packed Cologne and its surroundings for a follow-up to Toronto WYD 2002. “It’s the most peaceful invasion of all time,” declared the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun COLOGNE, Germany — Hundreds of thousands of young people from more than 160 countries have been streaming to this picture book German city on the Rhine River to prepare for the 20th World Youth Day that opens tomorrow. Each WYD has unique aspects, and this German version of what many have ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Over the past week we have all seen the headlines about the averted disaster of Air France Flight 358:”Miracle”; “Miracle on Runway 24L”; “It was indeed a miracle”; “The Great Escape,” etc. How else can we describe the averted disaster last Tuesday afternoon, when all 309 passengers and crew escaped within ...read more