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Pope John Paul II enjoyed amazing popularity among young Catholics throughout his 26-year pontificate. The strongest symbol of the importance he accorded to this connection is, without doubt, World Youth Days. It’s not remarkable that the Pope saw his youthful friends as a metaphor of renewal and hope; what is remarkable is that young people ...read more
We’re delighted to have two Salt + Lighters blogging for the Catholic News Service World Youth Day blog. Associate producer Kris Dmytrenko and Basilian scholastic Chris Valka are part of a team of eight blogging for CNS ‘on the ground’ in Australia bringing different perspectives and experiences of WYD08 to the world. You can visit ...read more
The Salt + Light crew has left our Toronto broadcast centre and are en route to Austrailia as I type this. They’ll arrive in the land down under early Sunday morning, Sydney time (they’re 14 hours ahead of Toronto). Three years have already passed since Cologne, and it’s amazing to think that we’re a couple ...read more
Most of us would agree that in most Parishes ministry is divided into the following categories: sacramental ministry, ministry to families, to children, to adolescents and ministry to the elderly. But what about ministry to young adults? In this new episode of Catholic Focus we look at the challenges of ministering to young adults in ...read more
Though it’s already been a few weeks since the Eucharistic Congress, I couldn’t very well move on to thinking about World Youth Day without sharing my incredible and unique experience of the week in Québec. First, I should mention that I truly enjoyed the privilege of being part of the Salt + Light team in ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Henry Morgentaler’s Order of Canada exposes spineless G-G, questionable commissions The sudden decision of the Order of Canada Advisory Council to award its highest distinction to Dr. Henry Morgentaler has put the spotlight once again on Canada’s abortion architect and activist and raised serious questions about the significance and integrity of ...read more
The sudden decision of the Order of Canada Advisory Council to award the its highest distinction to Dr. Henry Morgentaler has put the spotlight once again on Canada’s abortion architect and activist and raised serious questions about the significance and integrity of the “the centerpiece of Canada’s honours system” which “recognizes a lifetime of outstanding ...read more
Today we celebrate the memorial of a favourite blessed for those of us here at Salt + Light: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. An exciting twist to the feast day this year is his involvement in Sydney’s World Youth Day. As many of you have probably read — or heard reported on Zoom — the body ...read more
Sigh…. well, some sad and disappointing news on Canada Day with the announcement of the appointment of Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada. Quick to respond to the news has been the Archdiocese of Toronto. Archbishop Thomas Collins has released a statement (click HERE for that) and the Archdiocesan website has also published a ...read more
With it being Canada Day, I couldn’t help but pull out my bible and read Psalm 72 (see below for full text). That’s the psalm that Canada takes it’s motto from – A Mari Usque Ad Mare — “From Sea to Sea” (72:8). From what I understand, the use of the word dominion in that ...read more