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Aboard the papal flight, the Pope spoke to journalists, about his fear of a return to the use of nuclear weapons.  He shared with everyone on the plane a photo taken in 1945, of a Japanese boy in Nagasaki waiting at a crematorium to bury his baby brother, with the words: ‘the fruits of war’ printed on the back, alongside his signature.   The Holy Father said he was very moved by the image and wanted to share it, because of his fears that the world is moving once again, towards the use of nuclear weapons. His comments come two days after residents of Hawaii received false warnings of an imminent ballistic missile attack.   ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily at Mass on World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Full text January 14, 2018 Official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ homily at Holy Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year I wanted to celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with ...read more
Last week we saw how the Baptism of Jesus is one of three manifestation or “Theophany” moments: the Nativity, the Baptism and the Wedding at Cana. Today we are focusing on the centre of these three events: The baptism, which this year, in Canada, was celebrated last Monday, on January 8th. I’m sure that thousands of ...read more
“Love Save Lives” A Reflection for All Who March for Life January 13, 2018 The last Presidential election campaign in the United States was a divisive, bitter, toxic, embarrassing and polarizing experience for many in the US and for people around the world, leaving many repulsed and despairing rather than excited and hopeful.  Voters were ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, author Matt Fradd tells us about the pornography myth and we go on a Camino pilgrimage with cellist Dane Johansen. We also talk women and pornography with Jessica Harris of BeggarsDaughter.com and we reconnect with singer/songwriter Marie Miller, who has a new album, Letterbox. Full program: ...read more
We have heard so many stories about the Church in China, about persecution and about an underground church, yet for Bishop Ignatius Wang, the retired Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, it’s not so simple and it’s not so hopeless. Deacon Pedro speaks with him about his vocation, the challenges being a Chinese Bishop in the ...read more
In just 3 days, the Pope will embark on his 22nd Apostolic journey. This time he travels to Chile and Peru where he hopes to bring a message of hope and comfort to people on the margins of society, particularly the indigenous people. However, when he embarks on what will be his fourth visit to South America, he will face the enormous task of restoring trust and encouraging healing, after scandals in both of those countries left many wounded and angry at the Catholic Church. ...read more
Rev. John G. McDonald helps us understand the mission of The Pontifical North American College through several interviews with young seminarians. In relation to the 2018 Synod being focused on young people, faith and discernment, this video builds on the importance of engaging young people in faith, and how crucial it is to instill the ...read more
In Zambia, a cholera epidemic that threatens the lives of more than 14 million people has forced the country’s government, to ban all church services in their capital city of Lusaka. The Zambian government decreed earlier this week, that all gatherings of every nature, including church services, are banned in areas most affected by the epidemic. The ban, they say, is aimed at curbing the spread of the disease and to help make current treatment initiatives more effective. ...read more
Tomorrow, the Polish parliament will vote on an abortion policy that will either increase access to pregnancy termination or significantly reduce it. The government is trying to introduce an “abortion on request” legislation which will make pregnancy termination a more readily available option. ...read more