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A while back I was listening to a morning talk show that I sometimes tune into. The host is a jaunty, garrulous guy who, with his female partner, easily keeps his listeners entertained daily with small talk for the duration. Like others in his craft, for listeners he has kind of become “part of the ...read more
“I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is.” – Uses of Diversity, G.K. Chesterton “G.K. Chesterton? Who’s that?” I expect most people would ask this question once I bring up the name ...read more
“So, will we meet again?” It was an exchange I overheard between two old friends — whose days of youth had long passed — at the Catholic Media Convention last week. It wasn’t when will I see you next, it was will I see you again… their own limitations and mortality becoming more apparent as ...read more
“I’ve lost a Cardinal,” I said to myself, panic-stricken. To have misplaced one of the 118 Cardinals able to vote in a conclave, this was certainly the lowest point in my professional career. I had been given a relatively simple task: escort Cardinal John Foley from the Catholic Media Convention to his interview at the ...read more
[The following is the keynote address from the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, to the Catholic Media Convention, Toronto, May 30th, 2008.] “The New Evangelization and the Mass Media” Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, I wish to thank the Catholic Press ...read more
[The following is Fr. Lombardi’s Address to the Toronto Catholic Business Leaders’ Breakfast, given on Friday, May 30th. Fr. Rosica’s introduction is at the bottom of the document.] Your Grace, Archbishop Collins, Reverend Fathers, Dear Friends, I am delighted to be here in Toronto and have this opportunity to meet you for this Mass and ...read more
Thursday May 29, 2008 8th Week in Ordinary Time St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto 2008 International Catholic Media Convention Dear Friends, Thank you for the privilege of presiding at this Eucharistic Celebration in the magnificent Basilica of St. Paul in downtown Toronto. St. Paul’s was the first Roman Catholic Church in Toronto, begun in 1822. Initially ...read more
[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