Francis Campbell: Church, newspapers look to turn the tide

It sometimes seems that you are playing for the losing team.

Cathy Majtenyi: Health care discussions don’t belong in backroom

It was a dramatic scene at Queen’s Park on Jan. 31: NDP Leader Andrea Horwath waving a copy of The Health System Efficiency Act 2019, a leaked bill that would see the Ontario government create a “super agency” to manage the province’s health care system.

Barefoot and Preaching: The evolution of my love takes many turns

Fluffy snow covered the sidewalk when I opened the garage door to leave for work. 

Editorial: Francis takes the lead

The much-anticipated Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse of minors is still days away but perhaps the strongest declaration to be expected from this unprecedented gathering of bishops has already been made.

The Church on the Street: Pets’ love brings warmth to cold streets

Winter was settling in and it was a blustery, cold evening as I walked around the streets with Tracey, a survivor of the street who for 14 drug-addled years had called the alleys and drug dens of the downtown area “home.” 

Charles Lewis: For those in pain… keep the faith

I am writing this for all who suffer and for those of your family members and friends who suffer with you. In particular, I am writing this for those who, like myself, realize that their suffering may not end soon, or ever end.

Readers Speak Out: Action on nuclear treaty, Fox facts, rocking the boat (February 10, 2019)

Ban the nukes

Re: Churches want action on nuclear treaty (Jan. 27):

It’s safe to say that nuclear weapons now pose the greatest threat to humanity. Rising tensions between major powers have increased the danger of a nuclear war that could end human civilization. The United States and Russia alone possess 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear arms. 

Bob Brehl: Covington kids encounter in Washington opens old wounds

The repercussions from last month’s viral video of a confrontation between a group of Catholic high school students and a Native American man in Washington, D.C., feed into the schism of faith and politics in the U.S.

Glen Argan: Forgiveness opens door to new possibilities

Forgiveness is one of the highest human capacities, something which might help explain why it is so difficult to forgive.

Peter Stockland: At overdose prevention centre, success is measured by every breath

On a recent Saturday morning visit to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a person mummy-wrapped in a dragonfly blue blanket lay motionless a few feet from the corner of Hastings and Main. 

Editorial: A place for mercy

Of the thousands of words spoken last month inside a Saskatchewan courtroom, none were more profound than this simple declaration: I forgive you.