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The seasons of Advent and Christmas seem to come so quickly and to be filled with many activities to say the least. In the everyday planning and preparations for family and community celebrations there are inevitably certain individuals who for whatever reason go unnoticed or unrecognized. They make important contributions.  They are invaluable in their ...read more
Let us consider the Scripture stories that speak of the birth of Christ in history, about the Word becoming flesh. How do Matthew, Luke and John explain this great mystery in their Gospel accounts? What should be our response to this mystery that is prolonged in our midst through the Eucharist? What does it mean ...read more
St. Joseph is not the biological father of Jesus, whose Father is God alone, and yet he lives his fatherhood fully and completely.  He is often overshadowed by the glory of Christ and the purity of Mary. But he, too, waited for God to speak to him and then responded with obedience. Luke and Matthew ...read more
Published below is a translation of the address that Pope Benedict gave yesterday inside the Paul VI Audience Hall. This week, he continued his series of catecheses on faith. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Wednesday we reflected on the desire for God that the human being carries within his very depths. Today I would like ...read more
As we mark Armistice Day — now Remembrance Day — today, remembering is our duty and common responsibility. What is the best way to honour those who have died in war? Parades, rallies, memorial services, moving ceremonies with old veterans and the wearing of poppies are all good and important in our Canadian culture to ...read more
Published below is a translation of the address that Pope Benedict gave Wednesday at his weekly general audience. He continued his series of catecheses on faith in St. Peter’s Square. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The path of reflection that we have undertaken together in this Year of Faith leads us to meditate today on a ...read more
On this month’s edition, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto continues his series of reflections on the Year of Faith by looking at St. James and his letter on Faith and works. Join us for our third installment of Lectio Divina at the following times: Sunday, November 11 9:00 pm and 1:00 am ET 6:00 pm ...read more
By Mark Matthews, Our Hollywood Undercover Missionary Ahhh, the Fall – Sunshine, beach, sunshine, and more sunshine. You may think of crisp air and crunchy multi-colored leaves, but it’s all beach and sunshine here in Hollywood. In fact, the only thing ever hinting at the seasons is seeing more young faces with stardom twinkling in ...read more
Published below is a copy of Pope Benedict’s address he gave yesterday in St. Peter’s Square. He continued his new series of catechesis, speaking about faith. In a surprise move, Pope Benedict also announced plans for a November consistory, which will see the creation and installation of six new Cardinals. Dear brothers and sisters, Last ...read more
Published below is a copy of Pope Benedict’s address he gave yesterday in St. Peter’s Square. He introduced a new series of catechesis, meant to accompany the Church during the Year of Faith. Dear brothers and sisters, Today I would like to introduce a new series of catecheses that will be developed throughout the course ...read more