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[This blog comes from Brendan Collins, a seminarian for the Diocese of Derry, Ireland, who is interning with Salt + Light Television Network during the months of July and August 2009.] My first visit to American soil was this past Friday, July 24th. I traveled to the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of St. ...read more
Just over two weeks ago Pope Benedict XVI released his long awaited and much anticipated third encyclical Caritas in Veritate or Charity in Truth. Unlike the previous two encyclicals this one deals with the social issues of our time, including the economic crisis facing much of the world. Michael Casey, executive director of Development and ...read more
Few news stories grab the public’s attention in as spellbinding a manner as an aviation tragedy. On July 23, 1983 Canadians breathed a collective sigh of relief as Air Canada Flight 143 just missed going down in history as an aviation disaster. Instead, the story of the Gimli Glider stands as testimony to the importance ...read more
This week’s celebrations on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing has brought many articles lamenting a declining interest in the space program. Why the lack of interest? From a government’s point of view, there’s certainly been other issues taking a higher priority; the most recent example an economic meltdown. Even if government did invest ...read more
Almost four years ago, in December of 2005, I was filming a documentary in a place I’d never heard of — Antigonish. It’s a small town in northeastern Nova Scotia that may not be known to a lot of Canadians. But if you go up to somebody in Africa or South America and mention you’re ...read more
Since it is World Youth Day month, I’d like to share a little something about my first World Youth Day experience, which was last year in Australia! In particular, I’d like to talk about one of the patron saints of WYD 2008 — Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint (well, technically she’s Blessed Mary MacKillop, a ...read more
July is World Youth Day month! I wasn’t in Toronto for World Youth Day 2002, but I still see three things around the city that are “remains” of those glorious days: first, I work at Salt + Light Television, the station that was born “on the wings of WYD 2002” and where the WYD spirit ...read more
…and that is one of the powers of media – I’m thinking of film specifically. I want to let you know about a wonderful new film by MPower Pictures that’s coming out here in Canada this weekend: The Stoning of Soraya M. The film is about a woman who is accused of adultery in Iran ...read more