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It’s hard to believe that many Catholics in Toronto are not aware of one of our greatest treasures: The St. Michael’s Choir School. I would say that the Choir School is not just a treasure of the Church, but a treasure of our city. Dating back to the early 1900s, with the St. Michael’s Parish ...read more
Among the many messages from every corner of the world that have arrived in response to these daily Synod Diaries, one message asked if I could give an example of what all this Scripture study, exegesis and biblical criticism means and looks like for ordinary folks. The writer asked me to “apply some of this ...read more
There was definitely a mood of expectancy in the air this morning as we met in general congregation in the upper room (of the Paul VI Hall) for the third week of the world Synod of Bishops on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” Once Benedict XVI had led ...read more
Tonight, October 21st, at 8pm ET, the season premiere of “The World I Know: Virtues in Action” airs. The target audience is elementary and high school students, and this has been a year in the making, so I’m excited to see this happen! The first episode is on the virtue of fairness, and I have ...read more
I know what you might be thinking! Who is that man who doesn’t even know his Latin? How could there be such an error in the headline of a ZENIT article? Surely Father Rosica meant to write “Populorum Progressio,” Pope Paul VI’s landmark 1967 encyclical letter “On the Development of Peoples.” No, what you see ...read more
I don’t know when it was that I realized I love working with children. Maybe it was that year teaching kindergarten. Maybe it’s because that at some parties I go to, I end up playing games with the kids and leaving the adults to do all their talking! Regardless, I’ve been able to indulge in ...read more
One of the topics mentioned in a good number of the synod presentations was that of the saints and blessed who offer the Church concrete examples of lives rooted in the sacred Scriptures and the living Word of God. When Archbishop Angelo Amato, the new prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, addressed the synod ...read more
In the midst of all the hard work and writing, an event of biblical proportions took place on Thursday evening. It took place not in the synod hall, but at a building known to us as “the Biblicum” in Rome’s Piazza della Pilotta, near the Trevi Fountain. It was a reunion and festive dinner at ...read more
Now that more than 200 synod fathers, guests and auditors delivered their five-minute presentations, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet presented his “relatio post disceptationem,” or summary of the proposals, the world Synod of Bishops moved into the next phase. The assembly must now compose propositions, which will either be accepted or rejected by Benedict XVI, and ...read more
Sadly for a lone tourist, much of Rome is either indecipherable or inaccessible.  Unlike Canada, where every hundred-year old building gets a commemorative plaque, even the magnificent churches typically lack explanations of their features. And the city is full of so many notable religious sites that a guide book would weigh more than a traveller ...read more