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On July 4, the Church remembers Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whom Pope John Paul II called “the man of eight Beatitudes,” at his Beatification Ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in 1990, and whom the then Holy Father upheld on many occasions after that as a model of Christian living for young people. Pier Giorgio was ...read more
…never interfere in China’s internal affairs, including in the name of religion. Those words from the Chinese government in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to China. A disappointing response, but certainly not unexpected. I will be the first to admit I do not know the ins-and-outs of the political situation in China, and I ...read more
On June 25, 2007, Bishops Paul-André Durocher and Lionel Gendron flew to France for their vacation. But they aren’t traveling to France to see popular tourist attractions or sample fine French cuisine. They are traveling to France to embark on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela is the end point of ‘El ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict recently authorized the promulgation of two new saints and 320 new blessed. Among the 320 soon-to-be blessed is the remarkable story of martyrdom attributed to Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant who was guillotined in Berlin in 1943 for having refused any collaboration with the Nazis. He was 36, a ...read more
Let this pallium be a symbol of unity with the Apostolic See let it be a bond of charity and an incitement to fortitude… … words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI before he gave the pallium (or I suppose the plural pallia would be more appropriate) to 46 Metropolitan Archbishops who had gathered at ...read more
Congratulations to Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto, Ottawa’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of Kingston, Edmonton’s Archbishop Richard Smith and Archbishop Gérard Pettipas of Grouard-McLennan, Alberta, who received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI today at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Let us remember our newly recognized Archbishops — and all Bishops, and clergy ...read more
On June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, five new Canadian Archbishops took part in an ancient liturgical ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The newly appointed Archbishops, all named by Pope Benedict XVI over the past seven months, are Gérard Pettipas, C.Ss.R. of Grouard-McLennan (Alberta); Richard Smith (Edmonton); Terrence Prendergast, S.J., ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI has officially announced a Pauline jubilee year to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of St. Paul’s birth. The Pauline Year will be from June 29, 2008, to June 29, 2009. The announcement was made at Thursday’s first Vespers on the eve of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, which was held at ...read more
How often do you receive a mass-email, whether it be a forward or a newsletter, and discover therein something stirring? Yeah, probably never. But today I was taken aback by a reflection on Ordinary Time by Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches and, if you’ve met her you’ll know, a ...read more
Canada is one of the more prosperous countries of the world, and yet everyday we come across people who can’t earn enough money to live on and who crowd into homeless shelters. For the first time in 2001 Canada took a census of homeless people living in shelters – the total: a little over 14,000. ...read more