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While attending a World Youth Day itself has many immediate benefits, it would be a shame if its only benefits stayed trapped in the chronological time period within which they fell. The celebrations of World Youth Day last for a couple weeks. Putting the challenge of World Youth Day into practice takes a lifetime. Part ...read more
When Pope Benedict invited Cardinal Peter Turkson to be the relator general of the 2009 Synod of Bishops on the Church in Africa, it was a sign of things to come. Days after the synod ended, the Ghanian prelate was appointed as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In the latest episode ...read more
Since it launched its Apostolic Visitation of American Women Religious in 2009, the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (previously known as the Congregation for Religious) has been thrust in the spotlight. In the cacophony of voices and reactions to this important and necessary Visitation, Pope Benedict named the ...read more
The Roman Curia has always had a distinctly Italian composition. But under the pontificate of Benedict XVI, several non-Italians have assumed key posts in the central government of the Catholic Church. One of those prelates is Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the Archbishop of Quebec and now the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and ...read more
In 2012, the Church’s focus is on the New Evangelization. Coinciding with the “Year of Faith” called for by Benedict XVI, the Church will hold a Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in October 2012. The Pope also created a Pontifical Council to oversee the New Evangelization efforts. Witness host Fr. Thomas Rosica speaks ...read more
Bishop John Wester heads the Salt Lake City Diocese in the United States. As leader of the only Catholic diocese in the State of Utah, Bishop Wester also has unique relations with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that has its international headquarters in Salt Lake City. In this Witness interview, host ...read more
The Archbishop of Edmonton is a familiar presence on Salt + Light — since 2008, S+L has televised the “Nothing More Beautiful” catechesis events at his cathedral. Archbishop Richard Smith’s national influence further grew in fall 2011 when he was elected president of the Canadian bishops’ conference. In this half-hour interview, Archbishop Smith speaks about ...read more
In 2008, the world came to Quebec City for the International Eucharistic Congress. Now Dublin, Ireland prepares to host this major ecclesial event. As the congress approaches, Fr. Thomas Rosica speaks with its Secretary General, Fr. Kevin Doran, about the Irish Church, Celtic spirituality and what Dublin-bound pilgrims can expect in 2012. ...read more
Saint-Joseph Cathedral in Gatineau, Quebec will be filled with song this evening. One of the best voices in the cathedral happens to be the community’s newest member: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. Tonight Durocher will be installed as the fourth bishop of Gatineau, which was established as a diocese in 1963 and elevated to an archdiocese in ...read more
In the latest episode of Witness, Fr. Thomas Rosica interviews one of America’s great religious leaders, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago. During his tenure as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal George earned the reputation of thinker-in-chief. A philosopher, theologian, and pastor with a great missionary spirit, Cardinal George ...read more