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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, and victims of all terror attacks around the world, condemning harshly, the murder of innocent people in the name of God. ...read more
The Pope’s apostolic trip to Myanmar is just under four weeks away and already church leaders in that country are expressing some anxiety about what the Pope may or may not say in particular they are hoping that he doesn’t say the R-word. ...read more
Now here in Canada, members of the Canadian Pediatric Society are “increasingly” being asked by parents, about the option of physician assisted suicide for children and in a recent survey among its members, is finding a growing support for expanding the assisted-suicide law to include children. ...read more
It’s not everyday that the six person crew of the International Space Station gets a video call from earth, and certainly not from the Pope. But that’s exactly what happened earlier today when the Pope himself, made a historic call to the crew, that's orbiting earth about 400 kms directly above us. ...read more
A new Quebec law on state neutrality on religion is under fire as many deem it "discriminatory" against some Muslim women. Bill 62, officially adopted Oct. 18, requires that from now on, public services will not be given and received to any person whose face is covered. ...read more
Sister Kathleen Schipani, director of the office for persons with disabilities at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was one of the participants at the conference and she revealed that she has designed an app to teach religious terms and prayers in American Sign Language ...read more
The Pope sent a very special video message to the Canadian youth who participated in a nationally televised forum on the theme: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, in preparation for the 2018 Synond of Bishops in Rome. In his message, the Pope called on young Canadians to fill the world with the joy that comes from the Gospel by "building bridges" through relationships marked "by trust, by sharing, by openness even to the ends of the world."  ...read more
another Catholic priest who was kidnapped, but this time in the African country of Nigeria. Italian priest Fr. Maurizio Pallu was travelling with a group of pilgrims, on their way to Mass in Benin City, on Oct. 12 when they were ambushed and kidnapped by several gunmen and held captive for nearly a week. ...read more
“This terrorist act deserves the fiercest condemnation because it falls on a population that is already suffering deeply”. The Pope said he is praying for the dead and wounded, for their families and for the whole people of Somalia. “I implore the conversion of those who are violent and send my encouragement to those, who with enormous difficulties, are working for peace in that tortured land”. ...read more
Kenyan Catholic bishops are urging citizens to guard the country's peace, as a prolonged election standoff is taking its toll on the country's economic and social conditions. ...read more