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With the busy schedule this past week — Pope Benedict in the Holy Land, the March for Life — we forgot to mention some very important happenings in our Salt + Light Family. Chris Valka, CSB, who many of you may recognize from his contributions to our Focus programming, work in the Mission to the ...read more
As you may have seen on Salt + Light, or caught in Friday evening’s Zoom, Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land wrapped up today. His final stop was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher; the location celebrated as the tomb where Christ’s body was laid. In an address, he offered special words of ...read more
It’s the May long weekend in Canada — the weekend that unofficially marks the beginning of summer and a string of long weekends. If you’re in and around the Toronto area on Sunday, May 17th, the Archdiocese of Toronto is hosting a very special event — St. Paul in the Square. This gathering — held ...read more
Yesterday, approximately 15 of us from Salt + Light (including Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB) were present in Ottawa for the 12th annual March for Life. David Naglieri and I hosted the event, with David doing the interviews on the set with former Liberal MP Tom Wappel and Mary Ellen Douglas of Campaign Life Coalition while ...read more
On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, I wish to offer some reflections on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles [10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48] and then some thoughts on friendship flowing from John’s Gospel [15:9-17] and Pope Benedict’s teaching. The deep goodness of Cornelius and his household Christianity demands that the believer not only ...read more
As you can well imagine, we’re quite busy here at Salt + Light with coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land. There’s also another very important event we will be covering as well — Canada’s 12th annual National March for Life, in Ottawa, Thursday at May 14th. Thousands will gather on Parliament ...read more
As seen on Salt + Light, Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed to Palestinian territory today. He celebrated Mass in Bethlehem, visited a refugeee camp, and the Presidential Palace. The Holy Father’s powerful homily in Bethlehem carried the theme of courage and faith, using the phrase “Do not be afraid” three times. This is the message ...read more
In my old age, I am a bit behind… so I didn’t hear about the whole Miss California, traditional Marriage thing until last week. And when I did, the first thing I thought was, “Perez Hilton is not the same as Paris Hilton?!” Go figure! For someone who grew up in a family that watched ...read more
On Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage made its way to the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. At the wall he inserted a slip of paper with the following prayer: God of all the ages, on my visit to Jerusalem, the “City of Peace”, spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, I ...read more
He didn’t mention Nazi Germany. He didn’t apologize for failings of the Church during the Holocaust. He looks cold. He looks detached. It seems that you can’t please everybody, and this lesson is becoming even more evident for Pope Benedict as we hear criticisms of his visit to Yad Vashem. As I watched our broadcast ...read more