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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



On Wednesday, a bomb exploded in Mexico just outside the office of the Mexican Bishop’s Conference, adjacent to the country’s most visited religious site: The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The motive for the July 25 explosion remains a mystery, though some at the Bishop’s Conference say the incident reflects the violence suffered by ...read more
It was exactly one year ago today, that Fr. Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest in France, was killed while celebrating Mass after two gunmen, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, stormed his church in Normandy and took him along with four others hostage in a violent attack. An anniversary Mass was held earlier today at ...read more
Today on Perspectives Daily, the Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Lacroix shares with us how the Catholic-Muslim relationship has changed for Canadians especially in Quebec. But first, the parents of the terminally-ill baby Charlie Guard, have ended their legal battle to take their child from London to the U.S. for experimental treatment. The decision was ...read more
Let’s begin in Rome where yesterday, the Pope addressed the crowds gathered at St.Peter’s square for his Sunday Angelus address. He focused his message on the Gospel passage of St. Matthew, where an enemy secretly plants weeds alongside the wheat in a master’s field. The Pope invited us to recognize that we are all sinners and ...read more
Canada 150 –  It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and for the next year, we Canadians are celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. You can’t talk about the Catholic Church’s contribution to Canada over the past 150 years without talking about the first Catholic Bishop of Toronto, Bishop Michael Power. Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins takes a ...read more
A new report about abuse at a prestigious choir-school in Germany is an “Important step forward”, said Fr. Hans Zollner, who is the President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University, and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. According to Vatican Radio, an investigation, commissioned by ...read more
The Angus Reid Institute Center published an interesting study about the religious practices and beliefs of Canadians and the results are quite astounding! It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and for the next year, we Canadians celebrate the sesqui-centennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. And what a great time to look at some stats behind behind our beliefs and ...read more
In Rome today, the Vatican announced that the Pope has chosen a young Italian theologian priest, as the second-in-command of the Vatican’s doctrinal office. Msgr. Giacomo Morandi was appointed as the new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and he was also elevated to level of Archbishop. In less than three ...read more
In Egypt, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox-Christians have been told to halt all church activities & events held outside the churches this month because of credible security threats. This warning was issued quietly after the attack by the Islamic State on Christians traveling to a monastery in Egypt that killed 29 people in May. Sources are ...read more
I’d like to start with a quick review the Pope’s address to pilgrims at St. Peter’s square during his weekly Sunday Angelus prayer. The Pope recalled the Gospel reading of the day, the famous parable of the sower and explained that the sower is Jesus, but the parable itself, concerns us as it speaks of the soil and ...read more