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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
“Twitter can make you immoral” screamed one headline last week. “Does Facebook fixation lower grades?” queried another. It seems that online networking sites are now under the critical eye of social scientists, who are eager to learn how new technologies are affecting human relationships. Twitter, if you’re still unfamiliar, is a web-based message board where ...read more
There is a proverb that says: “When the heart is not applied, hands can’t do anything.” It seems as if this were written for Thomas the Apostle in today’s very familiar Gospel story that provides us with an archetypal experience of doubt, struggle and faith. John’s first appearance of the Risen Lord to the disciples ...read more
Some of you may be familiar with the Catholics Come Home ads that we’ve been running on our network – they are a part of a series of campaigns to invite lapsed Catholics back into the fold. The newest of these campaigns is We Are Catholic, launched by the Archdiocese of Toronto to reach out ...read more
I was recently invited by Loretto College School in Toronto to present a workshop at their First Annual Women’s Conference. The aim of the conference was to empower young females of today to become successful women of tomorrow. There were about four other all-girls’ high schools invited, 15 workshops hosted by women of different backgrounds, ...read more
Christ is risen, truly He is risen, alleluia! After 40 days of Lent, a somber Holy Week, the powerful and moving Easter Triduum, we have launched into the Easter season. It’s a time of joy, of hope, of new life! It’s the perfect time to rejoice in our faith. One excellent way to celebrate and ...read more