Seminaries reopen in a pandemic world

Six months since seminarians were sent home as a precaution against the rising tide of COVID-19, Canadian seminaries are only now recommencing community living, formation and on-campus lectures. 

  • By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

    Cardinal Parolin hopeful Vatican-China agreement will be extended

    VATICAN CITY -- As the expiration of a provisional agreement signed between the Vatican and China approached, the Vatican secretary of state said he hopes it will be extended.

      God's Word on Sunday: God must be sought in mind and heart

      25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 20 (Year A) Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16

      Understanding the ways of God is not a project for human reasoning or intellect. God can only be understood on God’s own terms.

        Pope’s fall agenda includes new encyclical

        VATICAN CITY -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has put the brakes on most foreign travel and many in-person meetings, Pope Francis still has some major events on his fall 2020 agenda.

        • By Catholic News Service

          God's Word on Sunday: Ability to forgive is a sign of strength

          24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 13 (Year A) Sirach 27:30-28:7; Psalm 103; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35

          In a sense, we all create our own Heaven and hell. It is a fundamental spiritual law that we reap what we sow in one form or another. No one “gets away” with anything — we should not think that the apparent delay of justice is God’s failure or proof of an amoral universe.

            Mary Marrocco: Living sexuality in the Church’s embrace

            A young Catholic couple were not engaged, but hoping to get there. At a certain point, naturally enough, Anne and Simon found it difficult not to engage in sexual relations. Instead, they quarrelled.

              Pope Francis: Jubilee for the Earth a time for restoring bond with God, creation

              VATICAN CITY -- The exploitation and plundering of the Earth's resources at the expense of the poor and vulnerable cry out for justice and the forgiveness of debts, Pope Francis said.

                God's Word on Sunday: Healing, conversion come with Lord’s presence

                23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Sept. 6 (Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20)

                Correcting or admonishing other people is a perilous undertaking. It should be done sparingly and with the utmost care and sensitivity.

                  Care of the earth, concern for migrants are connected, Canadian cardinal says

                  VATICAN CITY -- Catholics will mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees during the ecumenical celebration of the Season of Creation, highlighting the obligation, as Pope Francis says, to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, said Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny.

                  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                    Public invited to attend pope's weekly general audiences starting Sept. 2

                    VATICAN CITY -- Twenty-six weeks after his last weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis will resume his audiences with the public present, but in a Vatican courtyard.

                      God's Word on Sunday: We cannot turn our back on God’s call for us

                      22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 30 (Year A) Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27

                      Jeremiah, ever the reluctant prophet, was bitter, disillusioned and angry. He felt that he had been sold down the river by God. In fact, the Hebrew word that is translated as “enticed” has an even stronger connotation — seduction and force.