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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 14, 2008 (Zenit.org).-The big news today was Pope Benedict’s lesson at this morning’s session of the synod of bishops. After listening to the first round of 11 cardinals and bishops deliver their five-minute talks, we heard the solemn pronouncement “Fiat intervallum.” (Let there be a break!), which we have heard many times ...read more
Gillian Kantor
October 14, 2008
Today’s the day! It’s Election Day across the country! And while Canada’s campaign may have been overshadowed by our louder neighbours to the south preparing for their own ballot-taking in November, this by no means lessens the importance of our own vote, selecting and supporting a party that we think will do best for our ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 13, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The second week of the synod of bishops began as normal in the aula with 29 synod fathers delivering their five-minute talks to the full assembly of 400 people. This morning’s session contained some deep reflections on sowing the seed of the word of God in various parts of ...read more
Today I give thanks for… traditions. As a member of a many-generation Canadian family, we tend not to consider our holidays to be infused with any kind of grand, cultural traditions. Instead, ours are just run-of-the-mill, nothing extraordinary, meat-and-potatoes kind of holidays. But, to a certain extent, those meat-and-potatoes are our traditions. Any of our family holidays – ...read more
… Had a Short “Weekend”  VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).- We survived the first week of the synod! I remain in admiration of the “Padri Sinodali” and all the rest of the synod participants who ended their deliberations on Saturday evening at 6:55 p.m. (We were released five minutes early last night.) Previous synods ...read more
This has been my sixth day in Rome. While I’m eager to share my perspective on the Synod of Bishops, I must first recount the beautiful scene this morning at the Canonization Mass, as seen from my breezy vantage point next to the Saints above the the south-west colonnades. “God, who does not wish for ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 10, 2008 (Zenit.org).- This has been the week of Popes at the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is present each day in the synod hall listening attentively to hours of interventions and open discussions. [He only missed two morning sessions and one afternoon session this past week ...read more
October is the month of the Rosary. Celebrate with us, as we bring you a new program from Family Theatre Productions that points us in the direction of Mary. Coming to Salt + Light Television Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, is Assumptions, a half-hour long drama making tangible the Mysteries of our ...read more
VATICAN CITY, OCT. 9, 2008 (Zenit.org).- For decades, the figure of Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, has been at the center of some volatile polemics. The controversy has raged since the end of the Holocaust over whether the Pope did and said enough in defense of the Jews and other victims of the Nazis. The ...read more
Or is the word-play, “incredulous religion”?   Some of you may have heard of the new documentary – although it’s not what I would call a documentary; there is no objective presentation of more than one side in it – titled RELIGULOUS. It is produced and hosted by American Comedian (and anti-religionist) Bill Maher.   ...read more