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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
While I can’t always understand them, Rome is full of interesting characters. It’s for them that I’ve attempted to become an extrovert since I arrived nearly two weeks ago. Andre Koekenhoff (right) is the Thermovolt site manager for the solar panel project atop the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, where most of the Synod of Bishops ...read more
How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbtijibbet! A will-o’-the-wisp! A clown! Singing yet? I would guess that 92% of this country (random calculation and not scientific) have some concept of The Sound of ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 16, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Today marks another of Rome’s and the Vatican’s significant anniversaries taking place during the Twelfth Ordinary Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. I remember very well this night 30 years ago — Oct. 16, 1978. I was a 19-year-old university student, driving home from classes at the university, when ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI attended the world premiere of “Testimony” with good reason.  Certainly, a John Paul II biopic is timely, given that today marks the 30th anniversary of his pontifical election. And yes, some visual stimulus is in order for the Synod Fathers, who have daily endured the rigorous schedule of long speeches. However, the ...read more
Today’s Zoom story about he anniversary of John Paul II ‘s election as Pope brought back some happy memories. No, I’m not old enough to remember his election. (to be honest, I didn’t exist yet). Living in Rome from 2004 to 2007, I discovered how deeply entrenched the image of Pope is in the consciousness ...read more
I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who believes that, in many cases, it’s best to leave religion out of the ProLife arguments. I’ve been in too many situations with non-believers for whom “life is sacred” means nothing. When they challenge you with “why is life sacred?” you can’t just ...read more
October is the month of the Rosary. Celebrate with us, as we bring you a new program from Family Theatre Productions that points us in the direction of Mary. Coming to Salt + Light Television Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, is the hour-long drama Finding Mary. Based on the Coronation of the ...read more
Cardinal Ouellet Synthesizes the Synod  VATICAN CITY, OCT. 15, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Following yesterday’s disconcerting announcement in the synod chamber that a father from an Eastern Church had forgotten his miter at Monday afternoon’s concert in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, we learned this morning that a pectoral cross of one of the ...read more