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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
From the Toronto Sun Each time Islamic radicals speak of suicide bombers as “martyrs,” it reverberates in Christianity. Some Christian groups are also quick to use the language of martyrdom to reinforce suspicions about Islam. Earlier this year, after the al-Qaida leader in Saudi Arabia was killed by security forces, his supporters issued a message ...read more
From the Toronto Sun MADRID — For the past week I have been taking part in the Vatican’s first World Congress of Catholic television networks here in Spain, along with two other colleagues from Canada’s Salt and Light Television Network. Also attending from Canada is our colleague Bill Roberts, head of Canada’s Vision Television. In ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Many Canadians will spend time around dining room tables this weekend, feasting on the traditional Thanksgiving fare and enjoying the company of family and friends. But in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the feast, we can become so concerned with external appearances, so caught up with the details ...read more