Whether at school or work, one thing we all have in common is responsibilities, and with this comes a lot of stress.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

How difficult is human relationship! How glorious, how deeply and universally sought-after it is! Our hunger for relationship can draw out the best and the worst in us. The deepest wrestling is with one another, in relationship — be it person to person, nation to nation, or Church to Church.  

Published in Mary Marrocco

VATICAN CITY – While exchanging gifts for Christmas is a beautiful tradition, Pope Francis said, do not forget the one and only real gift people will ever receive is God's gift to humanity – his son, Jesus Christ.

Published in Faith

VATICAN CITY – While hope can often be viewed as the desire for things out of our reach, Pope Francis has said that the birth of Jesus offers us a new kind hope – one which, thanks to the Incarnation, is attainable and leads to a different goal.

Published in Faith

You may have wondered, and rightly so, why the ox and the ass appear so often beside the Christ child in various images of the Nativity.

Published in Christmas

The Gospel stories about the birth of Jesus are not a simple retelling of the events that took place then, at the stable in Bethlehem.

Published in Fr. Ron Rolheiser

There are a million Catholic complaints about Christmas.

Published in Christmas

On a busy Bloor Street sidewalk outside a 174-year-old downtown Toronto church sits the likeness of a familiar figure wrapped in a stranger’s cloak.

Published in Canada: Toronto-GTA

VATICAN CITY – God’s mercy is infectious and must be shared with others, Pope Francis said.

Published in Faith

Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person. Hell can only be the full-flowering of a pride and selfishness that have, through a long time, twisted a heart so thoroughly that it considers happiness as unhappiness and has an arrogant disdain for happy people. If you are essentially warm of heart this side of eternity, you need not fear a nasty surprise awaits you on the other side because somewhere along the line, you missed the boat and your life went terribly wrong.

Published in Fr. Ron Rolheiser

Daniel Berrigan, in one of his famous quips, once wrote: Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider carefully how good you are going to look on wood!

Published in Fr. Ron Rolheiser

MARKHAM, ONT. – The Holy Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. This is the great mystery upon which the Catholic Church is built. But when there are more than 170 verified eucharistic miracles around the world, one may wonder if it is as mysterious as it first seems. 

Published in Canada: Toronto-GTA

Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) April 10 (Acts 5:28-32, 40b-41; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19)

The leaders of the temple had every reason to silence the apostles. Their open and fearless proclamation of the Risen Christ exposed for all the huge mistake that they had made. Jesus had challenged their authority, attitudes and way of life. People in general do not like to be challenged in this way, even less so those in positions of power and prestige.

Published in Fr. Scott Lewis

VATICAN CITY - Easter is a feast of hope, a celebration of God's mercy and a call to pray for and assist all who suffer, Pope Francis said before giving his solemn blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world).

Published in Faith

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Praying the Stations of the Cross is a popular Lenten activity for Catholics, but for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, it can be a difficult, sometimes impossible challenge to follow along with the story of Jesus’ Passion.

Published in International