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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



Tomorrow, the Polish parliament will vote on an abortion policy that will either increase access to pregnancy termination or significantly reduce it. The government is trying to introduce an “abortion on request” legislation which will make pregnancy termination a more readily available option. ...read more
To celebrate the Feast day of the Epiphany, over 1.2 million people in Poland took part in the “March of the Three Kings” on Saturday. This March is one of the countries largest events that celebrates Poland's 100th anniversary of regained independence.  ...read more
Archbishop Tomash Peta and Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently published a statement called the “Immutable truths about sacramental marriage” where they say that no bishop or group of bishops have the authority to authorize communion for Catholics who are divorced. ...read more
"A presumptuous heart", the Pope said," is full of its own self-importance and is not capable of receiving God’s pardon. Confessing one's sins to God helps people understand that sin not only separates us from God but also, from our brothers and sisters" ...read more
For many people, and perhaps even for us, Christmas seems to end on December 26th. With the shopping frenzy of Boxing week, the plans for the New Year’s Eve party and the new Valentine’s Day themed decorations in the malls, the true Christmas season and its meaning quickly dissipates into memory. For many, all that ...read more
"The focus of the Curia," the Pope said, "must be on service and not on self-preservation or maintaining areas of influence and power. But the process itself, brings to mind a 19th-century saying that says, "carrying out reform in Rome is like cleaning an Egyptian Sphinx with a toothbrush." ...read more
The Pope continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass where he said that the different elements of the Mass, including the Liturgy of the Word, the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Introductory Rites, and the Rites of Conclusion, form a single body “and cannot be separated”. His advice: "Don't be late for Mass believing the introductory rites don’t matter and don't calculate how late you can be." ...read more
“Why impose a morality that is no longer working and is almost passé?” This is the statement and argument that Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is using to bring same-sex marriage to his country, in a move that will bring his government into even deeper conflict with the Church. “I want same-sex marriage", Duterte says, "The problem is we’ll have to change the law. But we can change it. The law says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I don’t have any problems making it marrying a man, marrying a woman or whatever.” ...read more
Grade 7 students from three inner-city schools in Hamilton, Ontario, gathered at “St Lawrence the Martyr” parish for Mass and then afterward, helped distribute new winter coats to children in need, coats which were purchased by the Knights of Columbus, to "spread the warmth". ...read more
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke responded to false reports yesterday, that the mobile app is now a new way to reach the Pope. He clarified on his Twitter account that: “Reports of the Holy Father using WhatsApp are false. He does not send messages or blessings through this medium."   ...read more