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Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, and victims of all terror attacks around the world, condemning harshly, the murder of innocent people in the name of God. ...read more
Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? Abbot Odilo of the great French Abbey of Cluny introduced the festival of All Souls in 998 for members of his own religious order. Later, in the 14th Century, All Souls was adopted by Rome for the entire church. It is dedicated to ...read more
The Pope’s apostolic trip to Myanmar is just under four weeks away and already church leaders in that country are expressing some anxiety about what the Pope may or may not say in particular they are hoping that he doesn’t say the R-word. ...read more
Reflection for All Saints Day: As we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people ...read more
A Reflection for All Saints Day Is there room for God in our world today?  Is there room for God in Canada today?  Is there room for more extreme revolutionaries of holiness in our culture today?  The answer is a resounding “yes.”  Why should Christians and Catholics in this country be reticent about declaring themselves ...read more
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 5th, 2017 Today’s Gospel text from Matthew 23:1-12 comes from a very polemical chapter of the first Gospel. We learn once again of the bitter conflict between Pharisaic Judaism and Matthew’s ecclesial community. Our episode contains a clear denunciation by Jesus of the scribes and Pharisees, ...read more
Now here in Canada, members of the Canadian Pediatric Society are “increasingly” being asked by parents, about the option of physician assisted suicide for children and in a recent survey among its members, is finding a growing support for expanding the assisted-suicide law to include children. ...read more
This week we are looking at what I’m going to call the Joy of Love or Love Joy. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at love. Last week in particular we saw at a few love myths. Today we go back to where it all began because this Sunday’s Gospel reading is ...read more
Test your knowledge: Of these, how many were Franciscans? Junipero Serra, Peter of Alcántara, Bonaventure, Anthony of Padua, Maximillian Kolbe, St. Padre Pio, Marianne Cope, Elizabeth of Hungary, Angela Merici, St. Brigid of Sweden, Elizabeth of Portugal, Thomas More and Pope John XXIII? This week, on the SLHour, author Robert Ellsberg lists about 100 Franciscan saints and tells us what we can learn from them. ...read more
It’s not everyday that the six person crew of the International Space Station gets a video call from earth, and certainly not from the Pope. But that’s exactly what happened earlier today when the Pope himself, made a historic call to the crew, that's orbiting earth about 400 kms directly above us. ...read more