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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
From the Toronto Sun The eyes of the world are focused on Toronto this week for the 16th International AIDS Conference, which has as its theme “Time To Deliver.” The Roman Catholic church does not face the pandemic of AIDS and HIV as “one more problem to be solved.” The church promotes upright behaviour, life, ...read more
From the The Globe and Mail From Day One of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the Catholic Church has been delivering health care, charity and understanding For the next week, we will be bombarded with news about HIV/AIDS as thousands of scientists, researchers, specialists, health-care workers and activists gather in Toronto for the XVI International AIDS Conference, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The war now taking place in the Middle East has left hundreds of dead, many injured, a vast mass of homeless and displaced people, cities and infrastructures destroyed, while hatred and thirst for revenge are growing in the hearts of many. There are victims on all sides: Both those in Israel, ...read more