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Fr. Raymond De Souza

Pope's The Infancy Narratives completes his Jesus trilogy

Fr. Raymond de Souza

December 24, 2012

At his Angelus address on Dec. 9, Pope Benedict commented upon the Sunday Gospel, in which St. Luke carefully lists the various rulers, sacred and profane, when St. John the Baptist began his preaching.

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Spiritual memoir captures the essence of the feminine soul

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 26, 2012

The feminine soul, created in love and for love, can be a lovely thing to encounter. One of the joys of my life these past 10 years has been the spiritual direction of young women on campus.

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The making of saints should not be used for partisan interests

Fr. Raymond de Souza

October 29, 2012

The making of saints is a joyous affair, with a gracious spirit abounding toward all, and a determined effort to ignore any discordant notes.

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Nigerian Catholics display fighting spirit

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 11, 2012

There is a new archbishop in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That might not strike you as big news, but it is. The last time Lagos had a new archbishop was in 1973.

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Working for unity in the Church follows a tortuous path

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 4, 2012

Pentecost is a feast of unity, as the gift of the Holy Spirit makes possible the unity that the Lord Jesus desires for his Church. To preserve the unity of the Church is one of the first duties of the pastor. The flock is to be brought into the one sheepfold.

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Caritas reform has major implications for life of the Church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 14, 2012

Much of the recent news from Rome deals with matters that, though important, will have minimal effect on the life of the Church as a whole.

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Moments of Silence highlight liturgies during Holy Week

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 9, 2012

Holy Week is not a particularly tranquil time for a priest. In the midst of all the activity, I find Good Friday is the most resonant.

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New brooms sweep in new evangelization

Fr. Raymond de Souza

April 2, 2012

How do you reform an episcopate and provide new leadership for the Church in a particular nation? Canada is now the model for the Church universal on how it can be done.

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Anglicans' pilgrimage to Catholicism takes a winding road

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 19, 2012

In the days after the hoopla of the consistory for new cardinals left town, a smaller, but more historic group of pilgrims was making its way to the tomb of the apostle Peter, and the seat of his successor.

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Queen Elizabeth has given 60 years of faithful service to Canada

Fr. Raymond de Souza

February 20, 2012

In one of those happy liturgical coincidences, Feb. 6 brought the following reading from the First Book of Kings at Mass:

"The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes, the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel, came to King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord's covenant from the City of David, which is Zion.

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