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I wish all of you, especially those most in need, the possibility of taking a little vacation to reinvigorate your physical and spiritual energies and recover a salutary contact with nature. Those words from Pope Benedict XVI during his Sunday Angelus as he begins three weeks of vacation today. From July 9th to 27th, the ...read more
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a one week international meeting of NetOne. NetOne is a new initiative of the worldwide Focolare Movement aimed at promoting peace, truth, and universal brotherhood through the mass media. NetOne was born in 2000 as an effort to breathe new life into the digital age, and to ...read more
Salt + Light will be going on the road this weekend — or at least up the road to St. Michael’s College School in Toronto — to attend ‘Amazing Fruit,’ the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Canadian National Conference. The conference begins Friday, July 6th at 6pm, and continues to Sunday, July 8th. There is an additional ...read more
Catholics used to be predictable voters: they were Liberals in Canada (although Quebec was more conflicted) and Democrats in the United States. But, as polling after recent elections has shown, these associations have unsettled. Parties can no longer take their votes for granted. Could the majority of Catholics, perhaps sitting somewhere in the middle, be ...read more
On July 4, the Church remembers Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whom Pope John Paul II called “the man of eight Beatitudes,” at his Beatification Ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in 1990, and whom the then Holy Father upheld on many occasions after that as a model of Christian living for young people. Pier Giorgio was ...read more
…never interfere in China’s internal affairs, including in the name of religion. Those words from the Chinese government in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to China. A disappointing response, but certainly not unexpected. I will be the first to admit I do not know the ins-and-outs of the political situation in China, and I ...read more
On June 25, 2007, Bishops Paul-André Durocher and Lionel Gendron flew to France for their vacation. But they aren’t traveling to France to see popular tourist attractions or sample fine French cuisine. They are traveling to France to embark on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela is the end point of ‘El ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict recently authorized the promulgation of two new saints and 320 new blessed. Among the 320 soon-to-be blessed is the remarkable story of martyrdom attributed to Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant who was guillotined in Berlin in 1943 for having refused any collaboration with the Nazis. He was 36, a ...read more
Let this pallium be a symbol of unity with the Apostolic See let it be a bond of charity and an incitement to fortitude… … words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI before he gave the pallium (or I suppose the plural pallia would be more appropriate) to 46 Metropolitan Archbishops who had gathered at ...read more
Congratulations to Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto, Ottawa’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of Kingston, Edmonton’s Archbishop Richard Smith and Archbishop Gérard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, Alberta, who received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI today at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Let us remember our newly recognized Archbishops — and all Bishops, and clergy ...read more