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From the Toronto Sun Each year on New Year’s Day (also the World Day of Peace), the Pope offers a special message to the world. (See Message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace 2007 for the full text). This year’s message for January 1 is the fortieth in the series inaugurated by ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Christmas takes our breath away every year and we never tire of celebrating it! But did you ever stop to realize that Christmas is the day when God inaugurated a holy confusion on earth? The days are now over when God is in some far away heaven while we wallow in ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Standing in the middle of the present day Israeli city of Nazareth in Galilee is the mammoth basilica of the Annunciation.  It is built around what is believed to be the cave and dwelling of Mary, mother of Jesus. This cave commemorates the place where Mary received the message from the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun “A beautiful beginning: The Pope calls Islam a religion of peace” was the main headline in Hurriyet, one of Turkey’s daily newspapers, hours after Pope Benedict XVI began his highly successful apostolic visit to Turkey two weeks ago. In the current state of world affairs and religious tensions, the pope’s visit ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Today is the First Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of another liturgical year. Advent, far from being a penitential time or a time of despair, is a time of rejoicing in hope, a time of patient waiting. Advent does not change God. This liturgical season deepens our longing and anticipation ...read more
From the Toronto Sun MEDELLIN, Colombia – I have been here for the past few days, visiting the communities of my religious order, the Basilian Fathers, who are working in the cities of Cali, Bogota and Medellin. They came to this very poor, violent barrio of Medellin, 10 years ago and have been witnesses in ...read more
From the Toronto Sun In the middle of a month dedicated to the Saints, Blesseds and those heroes and heroines who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, I would like to consider the lives of two great lay people who are “saints in waiting:” the Austrian Franz Jaegerstaetter and the American ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The trial of Saddam Hussein gave us a chance to realize once again what the past in Iraq was, the brutality, the tyranny, the hundreds of thousands of people he killed, the wars in which there were a million casualties. Saddam’s death sentence in an Iraqi court last Sunday was celebrated ...read more
From the Toronto Sun For Catholics, the month of November commemorates the saints and those who have died. We take stock as well as reminisce about those who have gone before us in faith. When the low G sounds on the organ, announcing the beginning of R. Vaughan Williams’s hymn For All the Saints, it ...read more
From the Toronto Sun One of the questions we have to ask is about the origin of evil in the world and in our own lives. The Catholic Christian faith teaches us that evil is not God’s will, nor can it be. God cannot create something that is inherently wicked. One would think that the ...read more