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Retrospect. Hindsight. Looking back. We’re often asked how we might redo history, knowing what we know now. What would I change about the summer of 2002? Nothing. World Youth Day 2002 provided me with one my first jobs… I was working in the Program Department helping to organize the volunteers and logistics of festival stages ...read more
Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Turin (Italy) on April 6, 1901. His mother was a painter. His father, a notorious agnostic, was an impressive man: founder of the liberal newspaper La Stampa and influential in politics, he was named Senator and Ambassador of Italy in Germany. Pier Giorgio grew up with a younger sister, ...read more
Agnes, a young Christian convert, is honored as one of the four great virgin martyrs of the Christian Church. She died for her faith in the early fourth century during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), the Roman emperor who ordered the last great persecution of Christians, starting in early 303. St. Agnes, not only had ...read more
“Just as salt gives flavour to food and light illumines the darkness, so too holiness gives full meaning to life and makes it reflect God’s glory. How many saints, especially young saints, can we count in the Church’s history! In their love for God their heroic virtues shone before the world, and so they became ...read more
The other day I decided to unearth the red and beige bag that lays at the bottom of my closet. The occasion was the fifth anniversary of Toronto’s World Youth Day. The bag: the official Toronto WYD backpack. The contents: worn pamphlets, tattered maps, and torn flyers I enthusiastically collected between July 23rd and July ...read more
This week, July 23rd to July 28th, marks the 5th anniversary of Toronto’s World Youth Day. Salt + Light Television is marking the occasion with a whole slate of special programming. Click HERE to see what we have scheduled. Throughout this week we’ll also be posting on the blog some of the staff’s experiences at ...read more
I signed up for WYD 02 rather late in the game. Wouldn’t it be equivalent watching the coverage from afar? And, frankly, due to some evangelical protestant leanings I held at the time, all the attention on the Pope made me uncomfortable. Still, realizing the opportunity may only come once, I squeezed into the lone ...read more
I was recently discussing the word ‘blood’ and the use of the verb ‘to bleed’ with a colleague.  By no means was it a very indepth, academic discussion, but it had me thinking about the word ‘blood.’ For many people the word ‘blood’ makes their, I wouldn’t say blood curdle, but I would say it ...read more
[Father Thomas Rosica provided a morning reflection July 17th for the International Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA – AFL CIO), held at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre. Here is the text from his address.] Dear Friends, Thank you for the invitation to be with you this morning at the 69th Convention of the ...read more
A year from today — July 15th — thousands will begin the World Youth Day 2008 experience in Australia. Two years have already quickly zipped by, and before you know it, Salt + Light will be providing reports to you from Sydney during the non-stop faith-filled week of World Youth Day activities! Registrations are going ...read more