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In John’s Gospel [15:1-8] for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, we have the image of the vine and its branches to express the relationship between Christ and his disciples. We should not be surprised that at one level it seems utterly simple but that at other levels it fills us with a sense of mystery, ...read more
This weekend, Salt + Light Television presents the third installment of the Archdiocese of Edmonton’s initiative Nothing More Beautiful. Exploring the theme of Our New Life in Jesus Christ, the catechesis talk is given by the spiritual leader of Denver, Archbishop Charles Chaput. A member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Archbishop Chaput is ...read more
Tune into Salt + Light Television for the next seven days as Pope Benedict XVI journeys to the Holy Land. Our live coverage begins Friday morning at 7:30am ET as the Holy Father arrives at the Queen Alia airport in the Jordanian capital, Amman. If you miss the live events, you can catch highlights from ...read more
In just a couple of days Pope Benedict XVI departs for the Holy Land in what Vatican Press Director Fr. Federico Lombardi has called the most “awaited” and “binding” of all the Papal trips during this pontificate. Lombardi was also sure to point out that the Papal trip is above all a pilgrimage and not ...read more
From time to time, we make adaptations of our French-language Focus catholique for our English Focus audience and on Wednesday, May 6th you’ll see an example of this. Tonight’s episode showcases three business people that succeed in living out their faith within their work life: J-Robert Ouimet, CEO of Holding O.C.B. and heir to the ...read more
It’s an interesting experience meeting someone whose memoir you’ve read. You’re essentially encountering a person you already know on so many levels who in turn knows absolutely nothing about you. Such were my thoughts as I approached the entrance to Toronto’s Massey College for my pre-interview with Marina Nemat, author of the international best seller ...read more
As Pope Benedict prepares for his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, beginning this Friday, the Vatican Information Service has released some statistics on the Catholic Church in Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. The information is from December 31st, 2007. Jordan has a population of 5,720,000 of whom 109,000 (1.91 percent) are Catholic. There are ...read more
As many of you are well aware this past Sunday was the World Day for Vocations, or “Good Shepherd Sunday” — a time we traditionally pray for vocations. In Rome, Pope Benedict ordained 19 men to the priesthood and then addressed the crowds gathered for his weekly Regina Caeli address. Appropriately he highlighted vocations, and ...read more
An obscure but interesting story captured headlines across North America this week. A Florida priest who was stabbed in a confessional by a troubled woman came out and said he would not “live in fear” and that he would continue to do God’s work. Fr. Michael Massaro was wrapping up confessions last Saturday at Holy ...read more
Leading to the first anniversary of the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, S+L is rebroadcasting its five-part original reality series 64 Days with the Ark. Each week, the S+L Blog will bring you an update of what the pilgrimage participants are doing now. Jerry Grzadka accepted a monumental task when he agreed to organize ...read more