Agent of the Gospel of Joy

Christian Riesbeck was born in Montreal on February 7, 1970. He grew up in Ottawa, specialized in Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and pursued studies for the priesthood in the Companions of the Cross. Ordained to the priesthood in 1996, he did pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Kingston as well as in the Archdiocese of Ottawa and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (USA). After obtaining his degrees in Canon Law in December 2010, Fr. Christian was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa in January 2011. In early 2014 he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa by Pope Francis. In this WITNESS interview, you will meet one of the youngest bishops in North America, a great ambassador of the Gospel of Joy, and an articulate, convincing agent of the new evangelization in the Canadian Church.

Centre of renewal

Brother Emile first heard of Taizé in 1974 in his small hometown in Northern Ontario where there was not much to interest young people in Christianity. Accepting an invitation to visit the little community tucked in Burgandy, France, he rediscovered the Christian faith that had been part of his childhood, but that he had abandoned as a young teenager. He entered the community in 1976 and stayed! Watch this hour-long WITNESS interview for wonderful insights into this renowned ecumenical community where the practices of monastic life – prayer, work, and hospitality, as well as the commitments the brothers make: celibacy, pooling of goods, and the ministry of Christian unity- form the foundation of one of the greatest centres of renewal and hope in the Church and in the world.

Reminders of universality

Apostolic Nuncios are personal representatives of the Holy Father in each country, and are living reminders of the universality of the Church. A nuncio works closely with the local churches (dioceses) and the Conference of Bishops to foster communication between the Church in that country with the Holy Father and the many Vatican departments. The nuncio serves as the official representative of the Holy See to the government of the country to which he is assigned.

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi was born in Gazzaniga, Italy, on June 19, 1948, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973 for the Diocese of Bergamo. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See in Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, Mozambique, Spain, the U.S.A., and Italy, as well in Canada.

On June 19, 1999, Archbishop Bonazzi was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, followed by service as Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba from 2004-2009. He then served as Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Canada in December 2013 and formally began his mission in Canada in mid-March 2014.

Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this wide-ranging interview with Canada’s new Apostolic Nuncio, clearly a pastor, shepherd, and diplomat who embodies the joy of the Gospel in his service to the universal Church.

 

Contemporary witness

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, award-winning author, and Editor-at-Large of AMERICA, the national Catholic magazine published by the Society of Jesus in the United States. After working for six years in corporate finance with General Electric in New York City and Stamford, CT, he entered the Jesuits in 1988. A frequent commentator on religion and spirituality in the national and international media, he has appeared on major radio and television networks around the world. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this wide-ranging WITNESS interview with one of the world’s most eloquent, credible, and contemporary witnesses and spokespersons for the Catholic Church, who has been acclaimed as one of the best spiritual writers of our time.

Walking alongside the incarcerated

“The purpose of our work is to walk the ways with those incarcerated, to accompany them on their spiritual prison journey, to bring the Word of God, the Good News, the love of God to them.” These are the words of Charlette Novak, Chaplain of the Stony Mountain Institution in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “The incarcerated need to know that God loves them in spite of what they have done.” Join Fr. Thomas Rosica in this Witness interview with a remarkable woman of faith, deep Catholic Christian commitment, and compassion as she describes her vocation and mission as a prison chaplain ministering to all faiths: Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Jews.

Compassionate care

 

Dr. Philip Berger, an observant Jew, is Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and the former Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berger has published and lectured widely on critical health issues including drug addiction, the physical and psychological effects of torture, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a group of physicians and residents who have participated in protests and other activities to oppose cuts to refugee health care in Canada. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica for this WITNESS interview with an expert in the medical field and a model of professionalism, compassionate care, and prophetic action with those on the peripheries of society.

Man of the Church

Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, has lead the Canadian Diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, since 2010. He has had a distinguished career as an Oblate Missionary, pastor, counselor, and administrator at local, regional, and national levels. His leadership gifts and qualities were recognized early on by his religious congregation, and he has offered those generously to the Church in Canada. When people hear Doug’s name, the words that immediately come to mind are: gentleman, kind, man of the Church, pastor, true missionary, and great administrator. He has dealt with some of the most challenging contemporary issues of the Church with honesty, integrity, and loyalty, and always with a deep sense of compassion for those who are suffering. Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, for this in-depth WITNESS interview with the newly-elected Vice-President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Catholic Guy

Angelo “Lino” Rulli, an American radio host, author, producer, and former television host, was born on October 26, 1971, to an Italian-American family in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lino went on to get a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a Master of Theology Degree from Saint John’s University. He is currently the star of “The Catholic Guy” radio show airing on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio, and “Lino at Large” airing on The Catholic Channel and syndicated throughout North America. Lino was also the executive producer and host of the Emmy Award-winning television show “Generation Cross.” In addition to his radio and television work, Rulli has released two books, “Sinner” and “Saint”, both of which discuss Catholicism in a comedic tone through personal anecdotes. He is described by his friends as ‘The Catholic Guy’ because that is exactly what he is: an everyday Catholic guy with a fresh, fun, and often off-beat take on living out the faith in the world today. Get to know Lino and his world in this unique, out of the ordinary WITNESS interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica.

An instrument of unity

An intelligent, articulate, young Jesuit, Matt Malone entered the Society of Jesus in 2002 and was ordained a priest on June 9, 2012. He holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fordham University, Heythrop College and the University of London and the Catholic University of Louvain. Prior to his journalistic career with and leadership of the well-known AMERICA Magazine, Fr. Malone served as deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Fr. Malone spoke to a failing of the Catholic clergy: “‘We are not giving an account of the joy that is within us,’ he said. Equally troublesome for [Matt] is how the American church, which should be ‘an instrument of unity,’ has ‘thoughtlessly imported’ the ‘extremely partisan, hyper-ideological, very broken public debate’ that defines this country’s [American] politics.” Join Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, for a thought-provoking interview with Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, the youngest editor-in-chief of the excellent Jesuit publication, AMERICA Magazine. (New York Times Interview: nyti.ms/1bccQ2o)

A view into the Vatican

A 51-year-old Italian priest, Dario Edoardo Viganò, born in Rio de Janeiro, began his new job at the Vatican on January 22, 2013, only weeks before the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Viganò’s main mission as director of the Vatican Television Centre (CTV) is to provide global TV and Internet feeds of what unfolds in the Vatican’s inner sanctums, to which CTV has exclusive access. Within a few weeks of beginning his new job, his first major assignment was to tell the world the story of the resignation of a pope, the Sede Vacante, the Conclave and election of a new Bishop of Rome. Under Viganò’s artistic eye, magnificent images of those events went around the entire world. Join host Fr. Thomas Rosica in this exclusive WITNESS interview as he speaks with the head of Vatican TV about Viganò’s mission to keep an age-old institution firmly in the 21st century.