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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
From the Toronto Sun This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of the closing celebrations of World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. As I remember vividly the great event, one image seems to dominate: the rather ferocious wind and storm that rocked Downsview Park on Sunday morning, July 28, 2002. The frightening storm ripped off part ...read more
From the Toronto Sun I appreciate all the mail received each week from readers of this column and am rather amazed at how wide the readership is! When messages come from New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, Australia and England, India and the deep south of the United States, I realize that the Toronto ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Last Sunday, during his weekly address at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called for peace and justice in the Middle East. “In the face of the blind violence that causes atrocious killings on one hand, and on the other, the threat of the aggravation of the crisis which for the past ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The warm days of summer are upon us and one of the best aspects of summer vacations is the luxury of spending time with family and friends. Summertime is about putting into practice the gift and virtue of hospitality. What does it mean to be hospitable? How can we be hospitable ...read more
From the Toronto Sun When I returned to Canada in 1994 after having spent the final four years of my graduate studies in sacred scripture in Jerusalem, I was certain of one thing: Islam was becoming a growing, global concern and a great pastoral challenge for the Catholic church. Though my biblical studies were at ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Don’t devalue modern dads — on Father’s Day, learn from Joseph’s example On this day dedicated to fathers, we must take seriously the contemporary state of fatherhood. Several years ago, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) remarked that “the crisis of fatherhood we are living today is perhaps the most ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Over the past week, I have had several people ask me what is so unique about the Catholic church – what makes our experience distinctively Catholic? Why is it important to belong to a specific church? Isn’t it enough simply to ...read more