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Offer compassion to those who mourn the death of a child

Mark Pickup

October 14, 2013

It was a terrible accident. Thomas Wedman, age six, was walking to school at St. Albert's École Marie Poburan, a French immersion Catholic elementary school. While crossing a street, the Grade 2 student was accidentally run over by a school bus filled with children. Thomas died.

Are tattoos, body piercings, botox, rhinoplasty sinful?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 14, 2013

Are body piercings or tattoos sinful? What about breast augmentation, liposuction, botox injections and rhinoplasty?

Pope Francis rattles status quo as he strives for a new balance

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October 7, 2013

Throughout his first six months in the papacy, Pope Francis has shown clearly that he is a reformer pope. He is a man faithful to the Church’s teachings, but he is working to reform the Church’s structures and, more importantly, he calls all Catholics to reform the way we live the Gospel.

Writer uncovers hard, personal truths on Spain's Camino walk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 7, 2013

Several years ago, Hollywood produced a movie about the famous Camino walk in Spain. Entitled The Way, it chronicles the story of a father whose son was killed in an accident shortly after beginning this famous 500-mile pilgrimage.

A life of gratitude honours Jesus' gifts

Glen Argan

October 7, 2013
28th Sunday in Ordinary
October 13, 2013

What a great Gospel for the Thanksgiving weekend! Jesus heals 10 lepers and one of them, a Samaritan, realizing that he had been healed, turns back, prostrates himself at Jesus' feet and gives thanks.

Children often world leaders in wisdom

Lasha Morningstar

October 7, 2013

The wisdom of a child. Such a wisdom allows a four-year-old to confront a terrorist rampaging through a Kenyan shopping centre, telling him, "You are a bad man." Such courage.

Canadian Thanksgiving has a long history

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

October 7, 2013

As a Canadian I have always viewed Thanksgiving as more of an American holiday, and certainly this was the perception of many people overseas where I lived for years.

How does fasting help Syria's people?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

October 7, 2013

We are asked to pray and fast for Syria. Why fasting? How does fasting help the people in Syria?

Pope Francis offers discerning view of leadership

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September 30, 2013

Reading between the lines of Pope Francis' interview with Antonio Spadaro of La Civilta Cattolica one finds a pope who is passionate about hearing the voice of God in the voice of the people. Pope Francis criticizes the man he was as head of the Jesuits in Argentina 40 years ago for being too authoritarian. Being authoritarian leads to many problems, but the one of greatest concern to the pope is that by being sure of the rightness of his own view, he made it impossible to hear anyone else.

All are naked when standing in need of the Lord's mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 30, 2013

It's hard not to fake humility; yet, seemingly, we need to do just that.