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Scarboro missioner's book recounts major shifts in thinking

Joe Gunn

April 14, 2014

The first time Father Charlie Gervais came to my front door, he was wearing a wig and a bathrobe. This is not a missionary's usual garb. But then, Charlie is no usual missionary. He was accompanied by Father Mike Traher (now a missioner in Guyana), who was also weirdly attired. Their goal, as my poor mother opened the door, was to engage this devout woman in a conversation designed to lead to her conversion.

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Refugees need support from bishops' letter

Joe Gunn

March 17, 2014

Eight years ago the Catholic bishops of Canada released a pastoral letter about immigrants and refugees. Their main message, in the words of Archbishop Brendan O'Brien, was that "for Christians, welcoming the stranger is an expression of faith." According to a recent report in The Catholic Register, the CCCB's Commission on Justice and Peace will soon release another statement on this important topic.

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Faith communities begin to speak out on climate change

Joe Gunn

February 17, 2014

Christians expect their faith communities to espouse and even promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation. It is natural to want to belong to organizations that are doing the right thing – we are drawn to those groups that nurture as well as challenge us to live better lives.

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Canadian churches played key role in battling apartheid

Joe Gunn

January 20, 2014

Last month, my wife and I were invited to a pre-screening of the feature-length film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Ironically, we previewed this picture on the day that the incredible South African leader died. A moment of deep silence fell upon those in attendance before the movie began, leaving us with our own thoughts of his legacy.

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Canadians working hard to keep up with rising cost of living

Joe Gunn

December 9, 2013

Entering my bank this past week, my eyes were drawn to the huge ad that greeted me: "Enjoy more of what you deserve these holidays."

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Canada, avoid being part of 'globalization of indifference'

Joe Gunn

November 11, 2013

In the jam-packed cathedral of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ont., last month, I heard John Allen Jr., senior reporter at the Vatican for the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter, refer to Jorge Mario Bergoglio as "the pope of mercy." Nowhere is this more evident than in the attention Pope Francis has given to the world's refugees.

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Stats are better, but hunger still haunts Canada's poor, elders

Joe Gunn

October 14, 2013

The ever-surprising Pope Francis has been calling for institutional reform in Roman Catholic Church structures and practice. Francis is trying to birth what he calls a missionary Church that reaches out to the poor, youth, elderly and even non-believers. How will we Canadians take up his challenge?

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Christians urged to care for Mother Earth

Joe Gunn

September 9, 2013

At the end of September, the best scientific minds in the world will release a report confirming that human activity is the largest factor causing climate change. This will be the fifth and most damning report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Are you the person you want to be?

Joe Gunn

July 15, 2013

Do you live an ethical life? Most of us would certainly answer "yes" right away. We'd like to think that we have fine values and that we always make good decisions to act in the world based upon these.

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Time to take action, build a new culture

Joe Gunn

June 10, 2013

Canada's bishops believe that core truths have been spoken on environmental issues by recent popes – but much more has to be done. "What's needed is the reception of what's been said," says Saskatoon's Bishop Don Bolen. "Canadians need to adopt dramatic change in our relationship with the environment."

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