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Last week, writing about Mary in the Americas, made me think of how this idea of liberation (or freedom) has a particular meaning for those living in the Americas, probably dating as far back as when Christopher Columbus first arrived in 1492. It definitely took a particular meaning during the late 70s and 80s. That’s ...read more
On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis officially declared Blessed Mother Teresa a Saint! Read the full text of his Canonization Mass Homily below: “Who can learn the counsel of God?” (Wis 9:13). This question from the Book of Wisdom that we have just heard in the first reading suggests that our life is a ...read more
Cardinal Angelo Amato, SDB, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, accompanied by the Postulator, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, approaches the Holy Father and asks him to procced with the Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Most Holy Father, Holy Mother Church beseeches Your Holiness to enroll Blessed Teresa of Calcutta among the Saints, ...read more
Mother Teresa is being canonized on Sunday, Sept. 4! S+L is thrilled to bring you LIVE coverage of Mother Teresa’s canonization Mass from the Vatican on Sunday, September 4 at 4:30amET (repeat times are listed below).  But that’s not all!  We’re happy to bring you a series of great programs on the life and legacy of ...read more
Written by Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D. Since March 2013, when Pope Francis was elected at the See of St. Peter, he has captured the minds and hearts of the people worldwide: Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, believers, and non-believers alike. Compassion and forgiveness, mercy in action and prayer, love of God and love of neighbor, are some ...read more
Written by Ines Angeli Murzaku Ph.D. On August 23, 2007, TIME magazine published excerpts of the private journals and letters of Mother Teresa depicting her crisis of faith and her almost 50 years without sensing God’s presence. TIME’s author, David Van Biema, asked: What does her experience teach us about the value of doubt? The late ...read more
Last week we saw how important Saints are, not just to WYD, but also to living our Faith. In 2005 World Youth Day went back to Europe, to Cologne, Germany. This was Pope Benedict’s first World Youth Day. By now, WYDs are an establishment. For me Toronto was very much the WYD that brought it ...read more
Last time we saw how WYD is an opportunity to “proclaim it from the rooftops.” Today, we have some models that we can follow when we gather to live and celebrate our faith. In the year 2000 WYD returned to Rome for the Year of the Jubilee. On the Holy Father’s message to the youth ...read more
On July 29, during his Apostolic Journey to Poland for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Pope Francis will visit the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. He will walk through the main gate with the grotesque Nazi motto “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free) and will meet with some survivors in ...read more
By the express wish of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a new Decree on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 3 June 2016, in which the celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene was elevated and inscribed in the General Roman Calendar with the rank ...read more