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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
From the Toronto Sun One of the very happy memories of my years of study in Israel was the experience of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkoth (Feast of Booths) in the city of Jerusalem. With those holidays upon us again now, I ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The fury over Pope Benedict’s scholarly lecture at the University of Regensburg in Germany on Sept. 12 illustrates just how thin the veneer of civility can be in the border zones of the world where Christians and Muslims rub shoulders. Speaking at the university where he was a professor from 1969-1971, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Just over a week ago, on Sept. 8, Pope  Benedict XVI addressed the Catholic Bishops of Ontario at the Vatican. Such  meetings take place every five years and offer the opportunity to every bishop  to meet the people who work in the central government of the Church – and for  “the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, people throughout the world have felt a profound personal vulnerability and a new fear for the future. We cannot explain the madness that took place that Tuesday. What we saw was the face of evil. And evil cannot logically be explained because evil ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Now and then readers ask me about Christian shrines and holy places throughout the world. I have received several requests to explain the “phenomenon” of Taizé in France, whose founder, Brother Roger Schutz, was killed a year ago. Brother Roger, 90, was stabbed to death on Aug. 16, 2005 by a ...read more
From the Toronto Sun SYDNEY — “G’day Mate” has been the frequent greeting for the past 10 days since I arrived in Australia for meetings with the leaders of the Australian Catholic Church and government authorities “down under” in preparation for the next World Youth Day celebrations, set for July 15-20, 2008. Spending these days ...read more
From the Toronto Sun One of the major stories of international Catholic news this past week was the lengthy TV interview of Pope Benedict XVI — broadcast last Sunday evening on German and Italian state television. (In Canada, the interview also aired on our Salt and Light Catholic Television network and will be rebroadcast over ...read more