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- Deacon Pedro -
For the last two weeks (part 1 and part 2) I’ve been trying to imagine what our world would be like had Jesus never been born. It’s easy to say that The Church would not exist or that we would have no Pope. There would be no priests, deacons, religious sisters or brothers, nor there ...read more
Today on Perspectives, the Holy Father continues his catechesis on hope and he sends a letter to Syrian president Assad. Seventeen martyrs are beatified in Laos and the Group of 9 Cardinal Advisors meet to review changes to various Vatican dicasteries. ...read more
This Advent, Deacon Pedro teams up with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to see how Judaism can help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Last week we looked at signs and symbols and saw that light is both sign and symbol in all faith traditions. In this third week of Advent, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi ...read more
Last week I was imagining a world without Christmas. That would mean no Christmas music and no Christmas movies. But a world without Jesus would mean much more to our popular culture. One of my favourite Broadway musicals is Les Miz. I never read the novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and wasn’t crazy about ...read more
This Advent, Deacon Pedro teams up with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to see how Judaism can help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Last week, we looked at the significance of words. In the second week, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi Aaron explore the significance of and difference between signs and symbols in Judaism. ...read more
With the news of Fidel Castro’s death last week, I thought about all my Cuban friends, many of whom are still in Cuba. I particularly thought of a Cuban friend who grew up in Cuba with no Christmas. I remember her once telling me that she had never seen or heard of a Christmas tree ...read more
What did saints look like and were they really like? This week on the SLHour, photographer Kristyn Brown tells us about The Saints Project. We get a Marketing 101 lesson with Danny Torchia, Sebastian Gomes speaks with Fouad Twal, retired patriarch of Jerusalem on Connect5 and we speak with conductor and composer J.J. Wright about the ...read more
This Advent, Deacon Pedro teams up with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to see how Judaism can help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. In the first episode, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi Aaron explore the meaning of words in Judaism. ...read more
Pope Francis delivers Angelus address on First Sunday of Advent and sends message to Cuban president after Fidel Castro’s death. He also meets the recipients of the 2016 Ratzinger Prize, addresses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and in Canada, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family has a new Executive Director. ...read more
It seems that every year we have the same discussion around this time: what is the real meaning of Christmas? and let’s keep Christ in Christmas. There are even campaigns to boycott department stores that refuse to acknowledge the “reason for the season.” It’s so easy to jump onto that band wagon. To add to this, “Christmas” starts ...read more