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Sanctum helps restore weary spirits

CAROLINE, ALTA. - Spring tune-ups, regular maintenance. We maintain a multitude of things. We also maintain our minds and bodies. Exercise, diet. But what about our spirit? 

Ministry retreats to the ‘Divine’

In the summer of 2013, while looking for a property to open a retreat centre, Suresh Dominic looked into a blue sky and saw two clouds intersect to form a cross that pointed towards an abandoned school. He knew he had found his place. 

In mid-life, some things die as we are born anew

The weekend retreat on “mid-life” was neither in my calendar nor on my radar. But at the last minute, my wife, the scheduled attendee, needed to cancel. 

Southdown has right-sized

After almost 50 years, the Southdown Institute has downsized for the better, says chief executive officer Dorothy Heiderscheit. 

L’Arche at 50: Half a century of kindness and care

L'Arche has been with us for 50 years. A half century ago, in a very different world, Jean Vanier started something in the French countryside that has made the whole world think about what it means to be human, what we owe to our humanity and how we care for the broken and fragile among us. Fifty years of kindness and care, hope and humanity is worth celebrating.

Celebrating life at fork in the road

There’s a fork in the road on Manger Street in Bethlehem, just before you reach the separation wall and the main Israeli checkpoint. Down the road that runs parallel to the wall you find Ma’an lil-Hayat, a L’Arche project. The Arabic name means “Human Life.” 

At L’Arche, no gift is too hard to bear

Today’s L’Arche finds itself challenged at both ends of life. 

Catholicity goes hand in hand with Italian roots

TRAVESIO, ITALY - It’s not every Sunday you’re escorted to Mass by a procession. Upon arriving in Travesio in northern Italy, a marching band and about a dozen people carrying banners representing various comunes (or municipalities) in the region come into view. As they lead us through the winding streets to the parish of St. Quirino for a Mass celebrated by the regional bishop, we wave back at onlookers. With a backdrop of bells ringing atop the stone tower beside the church, it’s time for the celebration to begin. 

Catholic patriotism and the Great War

Jesuit novices in Guelph in 1918 expected to wake early to prayers and devotions, then Mass, then breakfast. They did not expect to be woken by military police.

Newfoundland remembers WWI

In 1914 the Dominion of Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada, but as part of the British Empire it too was at war. On Monday evening, Aug. 4, St. John’s soaring Catholic cathedral, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, will host an ecumenical service to remember the precise moment 100 years ago when Newfoundland Governor Walter Davidson received a telegram informing him that England was at war.

World War I at 100: New books examine the battle of beliefs behind the ‘Great War’

Some called it “The Great War.” Others called it “The War to End All Wars.” History proves it was neither.

Wikipedia’s edit wars and the 8 religious pages people can’t stop editing

When he was a student at Brigham Young University three years ago, Anthony Willey came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read filled him with frustration.

Catholic mask: Italian bishops try to reveal truth behind mafia's faith

VATICAN CITY - The godfather who stands up for a child's baptism one day and spends the rest of the week running a brutal crime ring unfortunately is not the stuff of movies.

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