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The last several months, the phrase “The New Evangelization” has come up in many different spheres here in our Salt + Light office. I cannot comprehensively cover all the ins and outs of our efforts on this – as this is in some sense what we do everyday! What I will say is that this ...read more
Who do you think of when you think of “disciple”? I think of a lot of holy and wise men and women and all the Saints: People of great sacrifice, humility, compassion – people who pick up their cross and follow Jesus. of course, I also think of the 12 apostles. They were hand-picked by ...read more
September 19 marks the Anniversary of the Beatification of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. In the following Father Thomas Rosica, CSB. reflects on the life and times of this extraordinary man. ...read more
Below you will find an English translation of the address Pope Benedict gave this past Wednesday inside the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican. In his catechesis, Pope Benedict continued his reflection on prayer, using the book of Revelation. Dear brothers and sisters, Last Wednesday I spoke about prayer in the first part of ...read more
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J. – 1927-2012 On Friday August 31, 2012, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., entered eternal life following his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85 years old. The world renowned Scripture scholar, teacher, archbishop emeritus of Milan – the world’s largest Archdiocese with more than 5 million inhabitants – distinguished ...read more
On the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary – August 15, 2012 The readings for this solemnity are: Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab;  1 Cor 15:20-27, and Luke 1:39-56  Don’t smile, brothers and sisters, And don’t shrug your shoulders: Our God is fascinating and what he does always surpasses the impossible God looked upon a woman and ...read more
For Kris Dmytrenko, David LeRoss and I, tonight marks our final evening here in Niger. Since July 23, we’ve been on the ground working alongside Canada’s Development and Peace, as well as Caritas Niger, known locally as Caritas Développement Niger (CADEV Niger). CADEV works in partnership with a number of national and international humanitarian organizations to support the ...read more
One of the most spiritually touching moments I had in my life was last year during my work for the national committee of World Youth Day Madrid. I had the opportunity to visit Loyola, the town where today’s saint is from. Why was this trip spiritually touching? Not just because of the company – I ...read more
How John Paul II was close to me in WYD 2002 In 2002, I was 16 years old and had just finished grade 10. That summer was my first time attending World Youth Day. My parents raised me Catholic and every Sunday we went diligently to mass. I remember often resisting mass, and just felt ...read more
Published below is the address that Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, delivered at the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. At this year’s awards celebration, Salt + Light received a Gabriel Award for Best Arts Documentary for Panes of Glory: The Windows of St. Peter’s Seminary. Dear ...read more