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S+L BLOG: Sebastian Gomes

Pope Benedict XVI has announced the making of six new Cardinals of the Catholic Church.  Among them is Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.  Archbishop Tagle is currently in Rome for the Synod on the New Evangelization.  A Consistory has been called for November 24th, 2012, during which the ceremony of elevation will ...read more
At the beginning of week three of the Synod on the New Evangelization, the compiled “List of Propositions” was presented in the General Assembly.  The small language groups had worked tirelessly the week before, on a very tight timeline, to synthesize the interventions and the open discussions of the Synod Fathers.   The Relator General, Cardinal ...read more
Our CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica introduces “In Her Footsteps” to over 2,000 pilgrims in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Italy on the eve of the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha and six other new saints. Cardinal Marc Ouellet presided over a prayer service following the movie, which also saw the Finkbonners present (Jake ...read more
After a full week of sessions in the General Assembly of the 13th Ordinary Synod of Bishops, most of the official interventions have been shared.  They are scheduled to wrap up by the end of the day on Tuesday.  It has been an exciting, though mentally exhausting period, as each of the Synod Fathers is ...read more
After four official sessions in the first two days of the Synod on the New Evangelization, the discussions are well underway. Some forty Bishops and a few delegates have presented their interventions in the General Assembly and certain themes are beginning to develop across continental borders. One in particular is of special importance at this ...read more
Cardinal Walter Kasper, former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity told me a few years ago that people do not come to the Vatican to see Pope Benedict XVI, they come to see Peter. As I looked out into St. Peter’s Square from the steps of the Basilica before Mass on Sunday ...read more
His Excellency Most Reverend Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada addressed the Canadian Bishops at their annual Plenary Assembly this evening.  The Nuncio spoke at length about the essence of the New Evangelization, often quoting the Instrumentum Laboris (working document for the Synod on the New Evangelization).  He also touched on the importance of Catholic education in Canada ...read more
This article was first published in L’Osservatore Romano, no. 21, on Wednesday, May 23, pg. 9. It is written by Salt + Light’s very own Sebastian Gomes. Click here to see all his blog posts. When our most distant ancestors awoke on the first Easter morning, they could not have imagined what took place during ...read more
On Sunday May 20, fifty university students from across the USA descended upon the Holy See Mission to the UN in New York for a week long seminar looking the what the Holy See Mission does and why. Following Mass and dinner together on Sunday evening, the students were introduced to some members of the ...read more
Almost ten years after World Youth Day Toronto, the students of Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School have built their own travelling cross.  Known as the “Witness to Faith Cross,” it is journeying to all the schools in the Toronto Catholic District School board during the 2011-2012 academic year.  A public affirmation of faith in and ...read more