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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

From the Toronto Sun Now and then readers ask me about Christian shrines and holy places throughout the world. I have received several requests to explain the “phenomenon” of Taizé in France, whose founder, Brother Roger Schutz, was killed a year ago. Brother Roger, 90, was stabbed to death on Aug. 16, 2005 by a ...read more
From the Toronto Sun SYDNEY — “G’day Mate” has been the frequent greeting for the past 10 days since I arrived in Australia for meetings with the leaders of the Australian Catholic Church and government authorities “down under” in preparation for the next World Youth Day celebrations, set for July 15-20, 2008. Spending these days ...read more
From the Toronto Sun One of the major stories of international Catholic news this past week was the lengthy TV interview of Pope Benedict XVI — broadcast last Sunday evening on German and Italian state television. (In Canada, the interview also aired on our Salt and Light Catholic Television network and will be rebroadcast over ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The eyes of the world are focused on Toronto this week for the 16th International AIDS Conference, which has as its theme “Time To Deliver.” The Roman Catholic church does not face the pandemic of AIDS and HIV as “one more problem to be solved.” The church promotes upright behaviour, life, ...read more
From the The Globe and Mail From Day One of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Catholic Church has been delivering health care, charity and understanding For the next week, we will be bombarded with news about HIV/AIDS as thousands of scientists, researchers, specialists, health-care workers and activists gather in Toronto for the XVI International AIDS Conference, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The war now taking place in the Middle East has left hundreds of dead, many injured, a vast mass of homeless and displaced people, cities and infrastructures destroyed, while hatred and thirst for revenge are growing in the hearts of many. There are victims on all sides: Both those in Israel, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of the closing celebrations of World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. As I remember vividly the great event, one image seems to dominate: the rather ferocious wind and storm that rocked Downsview Park on Sunday morning, July 28, 2002. The frightening storm ripped off part ...read more
From the Toronto Sun I appreciate all the mail received each week from readers of this column and am rather amazed at how wide the readership is! When messages come from New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, Australia and England, India and the deep south of the United States, I realize that the Toronto ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Last Sunday, during his weekly address at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called for peace and justice in the Middle East. “In the face of the blind violence that causes atrocious killings on one hand, and on the other, the threat of the aggravation of the crisis which for the past ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The warm days of summer are upon us and one of the best aspects of summer vacations is the luxury of spending time with family and friends. Summertime is about putting into practice the gift and virtue of hospitality. What does it mean to be hospitable? How can we be hospitable ...read more