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John Michael Talbot is remembered by many in Toronto for singing the Magnificat during the World Youth Day 2002, Evening Prayer with Pope John Paul II. He has been in Christian music ministry since 1976 when he was a founding artist of Sparrow Records, and after 15 years with Sparrow, John Michael founded his own ...read more
Over the next few days, I have the great privilege of getting to know western Canada better. I am in Edmonton, Alberta, here for the main reason that I am speaking at the Nothing More Beautiful session on April 30th, but also to do some filming for future Catholic Focus shows. S+L cameraman Wally Tello ...read more
On April 15th, I received startling news. The man who had been the President since 1991 of my alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College in California, died in a car accident in Ireland.  His wife, who was in the car, survived the crash. I remember Dr. Thomas Dillon while I was at the College. He always ...read more
In the April edition of Lectio Divina with Archbishop Thomas Collins: A Year with St. Paul, Archbishop Collins brings up the often forgotten practice of bowing one’s head at the name of Jesus. He framed it in the context of the Hail Mary — that you would know when someone was praying the Rosary, because ...read more
I often consider Chapter 24 of Luke’s Gospel to be a Resurrection Symphony in four brilliant movements. The first movement is the story of the women at the tomb, which ends with Peter’s visit to the tomb to check it (verses 1-12). The second movement tells the great story of the two disciples on the ...read more
This weekend the Church will recognize five men and women as saints as Pope Benedict XVI presides over the first of two scheduled Canonization Masses this year. Italy is strongly represented in this new group of saints: Italian diocesan priest Blessed Arcangelo Tadini. His ministry coincided with the Industrial Revolution and much of his work ...read more
On Saturday, March 21st, at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Toronto, a momentous occasion was taking place for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Over two thousand people were in attendance for the official opening of the Diocesan Inquiry concerning the cause of beatification of Sr. Carmelina Tarantino, a Passionist Sister, making her a Servant of God. ...read more
Since currently there are over 40 million hits on You Tube, and Matthew wrote about her yesterday, I probably don’t need to introduce Susan Boyle, the underdog story of the day – the woman whom everyone judged and turned out to blow everyone away. When I finally watched the clip, I did not have any ...read more
I was recently sent a link about a woman named Susan Boyle. Perhaps you’ve heard of her. She’s the participant on the TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” who, thanks to the net, has wowed millions of people with a stunning performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. To watch the clip of her ...read more
Here is the Salt + Light unofficial translation of Pope Benedict’s April 15th General Audience address. ZENIT News Agency, which regularly publishes the English translation of the Wednesday General Audience, is on Easter hiatus until April 19th. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Our usual Wednesday General Audience is today filled with joy, the joy that no ...read more