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From the Toronto Sun Earlier this month, the Vatican condemned the publication of caricatures of Mohammed in the Western press, as well as the violent reaction of the Muslim world. “Reaction in the face of offense cannot fail the true spirit of all religion,” the Holy See said. “Real or verbal intolerance, no matter where ...read more
From the Toronto Sun In response to several readers who asked me to offer some biblical perspectives on sickness and suffering for Christians, I offer you these thoughts today. The biblical view of suffering is very broad, and in many places quite contradictory to other biblical views. Several books of the Old Testament express the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun During Pope John Paul II’s unforgettable arrival ceremony in Toronto on July 23, 2002, to mark the beginning of World Youth Day 2002, the Holy Father spoke these words to government officials and the people of Canada at Pearson airport: “Canadians are heirs to an extraordinarily rich humanism, enriched even more ...read more
From the Toronto Sun This past Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI presented his first encyclical letter to the world. A pontiff’s first encyclical is considered to be the overture and the keynote for his papacy. The main theme of the document, the highest form of papal writing, is love and charity. Just before his death, John ...read more
From the The Globe and Mail Helps us recover the meaning of love and authentic charity Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI presented his first encyclical letter, Deus caritas est (God is love), to the Roman Catholic Church and the world. The main theme of the document, the highest form of papal writing, is love and charity. ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Each year from Jan. 18-25, Christian churches in more than 120 nations observe a period of prayer for unity, often involving liturgies of the word or other worship services among Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox. This is one of the oldest and most widely observed ecumenical events in the world, with ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Last Sunday morning, under the frescoed ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, Pope Benedict XVI followed in Pope John Paul II’s footsteps by celebrating 10 infant baptisms on the day when Roman Catholics remembered Christ’s own baptism in the river Jordan. Pope Benedict used the celebration to take up one of ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Just when you thought that Christmas was over, magi show up on the distant horizon today as the Catholic church — and many Christian churches — celebrate their arrival in Bethlehem with the Feast of the Epiphany. If the magi story of Matthew’s gospel teaches us anything, it reminds us that ...read more
From the Toronto Sun As most Christians throughout the world bask in the glow of Christmas on Dec. 24 and 25 this year, Jews begin their eight-day celebration of Hanukkah on the evening of Dec. 25. At Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Christ in history. During Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights and continue ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The drama of Jesus’ birth at Christmas introduces us to a very diverse cast of characters who bring us one of the most beloved stories of all time. The stage is vast — covering quite a bit of territory in biblical Israel. It encompasses the power and might of Jerusalem’s temple ...read more