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Pope Benedict XVI marks two major milestones in his life this week. On Monday, April 16, the German Pontiff turned 80 years old. And on Thursday, April 19, he celebrates the second anniversary of his election as the Roman Pontiff and Successor of Peter. I share this date with him as it is the anniversary ...read more
Today at 3:30pm, with a rebroadcast at 3:30am ET, Salt + Light TV will air the Beatification celebration of Maria Maddalena della Passione. Pope Benedict XVI presided over this celebration which took place Sunday April 15th in the cathedral of Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. ...read more
Yes, we do indeed have a birthday today, an 80th birthday! Let us give thanks to God for blessing us with the great gift of Pope Benedict XVI; a humble servant, a wise theologian, a loving leader to the faithful! It’s important to pray every day for our Holy Father, but today on his birthday, ...read more
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Have you ever had a ...read more
I guess that’s what it becomes when you add to it a side of Theology. Where is this wonderful pint being served you ask? In the heart of Toronto’s Annex … and perhaps even in your own community! If it hasn’t arrived to your local pub yet, tune in to this Friday’s Catholic Focus to ...read more
What are you doing this Saturday, April 14th? If you don’t have plans – and if you already do have plans may I suggest a change – perhaps you should consider checking out the Lift Jesus Higher Rally. For those of you who have never been, it’s an all-day event held usually every April, jam-packed ...read more
What is a real hero? Who should we aspire to be like? How do great men and women of faith impact their respective eras? On Wednesday’s edition of Catholic Focus John Ignatowicz and I explore the life and impact of William Wilberforce, the British politician and abolitionist credited with leading the campaign to end the ...read more
Pounding hearts, wounded hearts and burning hearts… the image of the human heart permeates the Gospel for Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. There is no better story to illustrate the heart than Luke’s account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus on Resurrection evening [24:13-35]. Today’s Gospel provides us with a good opportunity ...read more
I had the chance to meet earlier this year with three young adults who joined the organizing committee of the 2008 Eucharistic Congress (CEI 2008) in Quebec City. They are part of a special program called “A Year for God.” The young people joining the program not only get an amazing work experience, but they ...read more
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them …”Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know — this Jesus, delivered up according to ...read more