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"Sometimes, the congregation has reason to be bored by a homily, that is too long or irrelevant. The way to prepare a good homily", the Pope advised, "is with prayer, study of the Word of God, and a clear brief message which must not go over 10 minutes”. ...read more
The Pope released his 2018 Lenten message today, inspired by the words that Jesus spoke near the end of His life on the Mount of Olives regarding the end of time: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many, will grow cold.” ...read more
After a 5 week 14-city tour across the Canada the famous relic of St. Francis Xavier, that drew more than 80,000 thousand people, is safely back at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. ...read more
We bring to you today a special extended edition of Perspectives Daily where we look back at the Popes 22nd Apostolic visit to the countries of Chile and Peru. We’ll look at some of the major events, the key messages from the Pope, and some of the challenges that he faced on a voyage that ...read more
Last night at Fordham yesterday two prominent pope watchers, each on the opposite side of the spectrum, debated the Pope's legacy in an event that marked the 5th anniversary of the Pope’s election as the head of the Catholic Church.  ...read more
The Pope has dispatched, an expert in handling abuse allegation, to Chilie to investigate the matter of Bishop Barro after the Pope received some recent information with regards to the case. ...read more
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, has announced details of a referendum on whether or not to lift a constitutional ban on abortion in that country.  Currently under the countries 1983 eighth amendment, abortion is only legal in rare cases when a woman's life is in danger. Now in this upcoming  referendum voters will be asked whether they want to keep this amendment or repeal it. If its repealed the responsibility for legislating new rules around abortion will be handed to parliament.   ...read more
Quebec will mark the one-year anniversary of the mosque shooting with a vigil tonight that will be held in Quebec City to commemorate the racial violence that resulted in the deaths of six men. It was on Jan. 29th exactly a year ago today, that a shooter entered the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec City and open fire killing six, and injuring 19 others. Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec talks about the tragedy and how it had affected the Catholic-Muslim relationships in that province. ...read more
There is a storm brewing here in Canada, a political storm of sorts, that involves a grave violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The main offender in this case, is none other the Canadian Federal Government. ...read more
To commemorate the 52nd World Day of Social Communications, the Pope made his own adaptation of the "Prayer of St. Francis". The Pope reaffirms the urgent need for widespread reflection on the fake-news phenomenon and how we all have the responsibility to ensure that we don’t spread prejudices or increase fear through our use of social media. ...read more