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Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am happy to be meeting with you. I like the way that Cardinal Ezzati presented you: Here they are… consecrated women, consecrated men, priests, permanent deacons and seminarians. It made me think of the day of our ordination or consecration, when after being presented, each of us said: “Here I ...read more
Dear Sisters and Brothers: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to visit you. For me it is important to share this time with you and draw closer to our many brothers and sisters presently deprived of their freedom. Thank you, Sister Nelly, for your kind words and especially for testifying that life always triumphs ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at O’Higgins Park: Santiago, Chile When Jesus saw the crowds…” (Mt 5:1). In these first words of today’s Gospel we discover how Jesus wants to encounter us, the way that God always surprises his people (cf. Ex 3:7). The first thing Jesus does is to look out and see the faces of ...read more
Aboard the papal flight, the Pope spoke to journalists, about his fear of a return to the use of nuclear weapons.  He shared with everyone on the plane a photo taken in 1945, of a Japanese boy in Nagasaki waiting at a crematorium to bury his baby brother, with the words: ‘the fruits of war’ printed on the back, alongside his signature.   The Holy Father said he was very moved by the image and wanted to share it, because of his fears that the world is moving once again, towards the use of nuclear weapons. His comments come two days after residents of Hawaii received false warnings of an imminent ballistic missile attack.   ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily at Mass on World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Full text January 14, 2018 Official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Holy Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year I wanted to celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with ...read more
Last week we saw how the Baptism of Jesus is one of three manifestation or “Theophany” moments: the Nativity, the Baptism and the Wedding at Cana. Today we are focusing on the centre of these three events: The baptism, which this year, in Canada, was celebrated last Monday, on January 8th. I’m sure that thousands of ...read more
“Love Save Lives” A Reflection for All Who March for Life January 13, 2018 The last Presidential election campaign in the United States was a divisive, bitter, toxic, embarrassing and polarizing experience for many in the US and for people around the world, leaving many repulsed and despairing rather than excited and hopeful.  Voters were ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, author Matt Fradd tells us about the pornography myth and we go on a Camino pilgrimage with cellist Dane Johansen. We also talk women and pornography with Jessica Harris of BeggarsDaughter.com and we reconnect with singer/songwriter Marie Miller, who has a new album, Letterbox. Full program: ...read more
We have heard so many stories about the Church in China, about persecution and about an underground church, yet for Bishop Ignatius Wang, the retired Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, it’s not so simple and it’s not so hopeless. Deacon Pedro speaks with him about his vocation, the challenges being a Chinese Bishop in the ...read more
In just 3 days, the Pope will embark on his 22nd Apostolic journey. This time he travels to Chile and Peru where he hopes to bring a message of hope and comfort to people on the margins of society, particularly the indigenous people. However, when he embarks on what will be his fourth visit to South America, he will face the enormous task of restoring trust and encouraging healing, after scandals in both of those countries left many wounded and angry at the Catholic Church. ...read more