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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



The Korean bishops welcome the positive outcome of the, "Two Koreas" Summit last friday that saw the offer of North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons if the United States promises not to attack. ...read more
A survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Chile said he hopes his upcoming meeting with the Pope this weekend will be an opportunity to bring an end to the culture of abuse and cover-up among the bishops in his country. ...read more
71-year-old Sr. Patricia Fox, has been serving the poor communities in the Philippines for 3 decades so why did the immigration bureau kick here out of the country? ...read more
As news of the tragedy spread throughout the world, Cardinal Thomas Collins issued a statement saying, “I invite the Catholic community across the Archdiocese of Toronto to join me in offering our prayers for all those who were killed and injured in the violent incident earlier today.” The statement concluded, “Let us all unite in our efforts to bring comfort and care to those who are hurting today.”   ...read more
To Cuba where Catholic youth received a video message from the Pope asking them to be good patriots, to love your nation, and to love your country. "Be generous and open your hearts to the Lord," the Pope said in the video message sent to young men and women attending a meeting for youth ministry leaders in Havana. ...read more
Yesterday on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the Canadian media to provide clarity on the Pope’s response to the residential schools' issue and to address the "misconceptions" that the Pope “refuses” to apologize to Indigenous Peoples of Canada ...read more
Tom Evans, the father of the seriously ill child Alfie Evans, met with the Pope pleading for "asylum" so that his son, who has a rare brain disease, may receive care in Italy, and not be euthanized in England ...read more
“The Church needs true prophets, who not only speak the truth fearlessly but also who empathize with the suffering of their people”. That was the Pope’s message during his homily at his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta earlier today. ...read more
We begin today with the touching story of the Pope and a little boy with a broken heart. So overcome with emotion, was unable to ask his question and so the Pope invited him to come up, have a good cry and whisper in his ear.  Here is what the Pope had to say... ...read more
"I confess", the Pope wrote, "it has caused me great pain and shame and I ask forgiveness of all those I have offended, and I hope to do so personally in the coming weeks". ...read more