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From the Toronto Sun Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. In last Sunday’s column, I wrote about the lessons we learned from his very public dying. Today I would like to look at one of his most significant legacies: The unique relationship he forged and enjoyed with young ...read more
From the Toronto Sun It was a year ago this week that the world witnessed the final agony and passion of Pope John Paul II as he neared his death on April 2, 2005. As we prepare to commemorate the first anniversary of the Holy Father’s death next weekend, I would like to recall those ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Few people would disagree with the fact that Canada is facing a deteriorating health-care system. Nor could we deny the present reality that the nation is engaged in a debate about moving to a two-tiered system of health care. Is the only solution to the present dilemma of the Canadian health-care ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Is fasting a practice that Christians share with other believers? Can fasting and prayer really change the course of history? What is the meaning of fasting for peace? The Lenten season is a good opportunity to consider such questions. In antiquity, only religious fasting was known; today, there exists political and ...read more
From the Toronto Sun On Ash Wednesday this past week, Christians began the period of Lent in preparation for Easter. Throughout the centuries, Lent has been a very intense spiritual journey and experience for the followers of Jesus Christ, known as a special time of prolonged prayer, bodily discipline and generous giving. Readers of the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun A significant section of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical letter on love and charity looks at where the divide between Caesar and God should lie in today’s secular environment. The Pope writes: “Politics is more than a mere mechanism for defining the rules of public life: Its origin and its goal ...read more
From the The Globe and Mail Before embracing private health care, ask yourself what Jesus would do, says Immediately after the federal election, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced more private health care. Quebec and British Columbia are now opening the door to the same reality. Many people across the country expressed concern about what this ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Earlier this month, the Vatican condemned the publication of caricatures of Mohammed in the Western press, as well as the violent reaction of the Muslim world. “Reaction in the face of offense cannot fail the true spirit of all religion,” the Holy See said. “Real or verbal intolerance, no matter where ...read more
From the Toronto Sun In response to several readers who asked me to offer some biblical perspectives on sickness and suffering for Christians, I offer you these thoughts today. The biblical view of suffering is very broad, and in many places quite contradictory to other biblical views. Several books of the Old Testament express the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun During Pope John Paul II’s unforgettable arrival ceremony in Toronto on July 23, 2002, to mark the beginning of World Youth Day 2002, the Holy Father spoke these words to government officials and the people of Canada at Pearson airport: “Canadians are heirs to an extraordinarily rich humanism, enriched even more ...read more