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[The following is the keynote Address of Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. to the Catholic Media Convention, Toronto, May 29, 2008.] “When the Pope speaks to the World: Working with Modern Media” Your Eminence, Cardinal Foley, Your Excellencies, Archbishop Celli, Archbishop Prendergast, Dear Friends, I am delighted to be here in Toronto for the 2008 Catholic ...read more
Though the attendees are predominantly from North America, there’s a number of representatives from the Vatican, one of them is the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Archbishop Claudio Celli. Archbishop Celli brought with him to Toronto greetings from Pope Benedict XVI, who hoped the conference “will be a fruitful time of spiritual ...read more
Besides drawing some 475 delegates, the Catholic Media Convention in Toronto brought a number of representatives from the Vatican. The president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, John Cardinal Foley was in attendance (for those keeping track, he’s now the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem). His ...read more
We’re less than 24 hours away from the official start of the Catholic Media Convention here in Toronto, but Salt + Light has already experienced a flurry of activity. Today we welcomed Cardinal John Foley, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication and the current Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Many times in the church, our stories are non-stories because key elements are missing. In more biblical language, how on Earth do we move the light from under the bushel and onto the lamp stand so everyone in the house may see it? How do we learn the difference between old ...read more
Beginning today, close to 400 Catholic journalists, editors, media experts, television and radio broadcasters roll into town for the 2008 Catholic Media Convention at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel. This three-day Catholic Convention, hosted by the Catholic Press Association of North America, the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, and Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of ...read more
As the church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, I would like to share with you the story of a group of martyrs in the early Church who give us some profound insights into the gift of the Eucharist, and the importance of our Sunday gatherings. These heroic witnesses, known as ...read more
You’ve followed the portageurs as they endured snowstorms, health problems and leadership changes. You’ve watched as they crossed into Quebec and past the half-way mark. And you’ve met the personalities leading the Ark of the New Covenant, such as Dominic, 60, whose has returned to the practice of his faith during the course of the ...read more
There is a profound mystery that the Feast of the Holy Trinity recalls: both the unspeakable reality of God and the manner in which this mystery has been given to us. This is the only day of the year when we are called to ponder a teaching of the Church rather than a teaching of ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States last month evoked many comparisons between the current Pontiff, and that of his predecessor, John Paul II. It was unavoidable — John Paul II was much beloved, was Pope for nearly thirty years, and touched the hearts of millions. But it’s also not fair to compare the ...read more