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Fifty-five years ago, Pope Paul VI penned these words on the eve of the official end of Vatican II:

Editorial: Invest in the future

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The news that parishes have taken a financial punch to the gut during the pandemic is not surprising. What can’t happen is allowing them to wallow in financial uncertainty, threatening the services that have defined Catholic values and, in so many ways, our lives. 

Editorial: Champion of peace

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In the darkest days of “The Troubles,” when Northern Ireland was torn by sectarian violence and bitter political divisions, John Hume dared to see a future built on peace.

Editorial: A disturbing trend

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The reports were scattered at first, isolated news stories throughout the year of a statue toppled here, another spray-painted with graffiti there. This summer they have come more frequently — senseless acts of anti-Church vandalism that have grown bolder and more destructive.

Editorial: Now, more than ever

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Over the years, we have heard the pleas of popes and Vatican officials to halt the worldwide production of weapons. In virtually every case, the urgency of the plea has been punctuated by the preface: “Now, more than ever ….”

Editorial: Celebrate the church

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There is a world of issues to worry about these days, playing havoc with our physical and spiritual well-being. So it’s good every once in a while to stop and, as the cliché goes, smell the roses.

Editorial: Honour the victims

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The funeral will be held at a future date.

Editorial: It’s safety first

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As Canadian churches continue to re-open, it would be wise to heed advice Pope Francis offered to Catholics everywhere.

Editorial: Pope’s voice needed

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The cancer of racism is too widespread and too entrenched for one man to remedy alone, but if any one man could command international attention and speak with moral authority on the issue it would be Pope Francis.

Editorial: A Blessed priest

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Closed churches have provided a blunt reminder of how much we rely on our parish priests — and perhaps sometimes take them for granted.

Editorial: Fairness counts

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As the world begins to stir from its pandemic hibernation, governments face the important question of how to accommodate houses of worship. At least, we hope they realize the question is important.