In a fine interview following the recent synagogue killings in Pittsburgh, Ottawa’s Rabbi Reuven Bulka offered wisdom that went far beyond the specific act of terrible bloodshed. 

Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: Moms don’t kid around with Macron’s musings

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During a recent speech, French President Emmanuel Macron made a statement that hit a nerve with moms around the world. 

Church on the Street: Friends stand by with help and prayers

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“I’m going down east to try to be reconciled with my father.” 

Figure of Speech: Selfies and looking beyond the lens

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Recently I Googled the term “selfie” and determined quickly that no further research into the matter was needed. What I found were endless varieties of scantily clad self-representations, with very little analysis about why anyone would transmit these images about themselves, or what the images were meant to suggest other than an easily accessible sexuality occurring in epidemic proportions (79 million images on Instagram alone that fall into this category). 

Charles Lewis: Frustrations with euthanasia

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On rare occasions I get clear signals of what needs to be done in my life. When it comes, it arrives through people I respect. Each gives me the answer I need but I did not know I needed till I heard it. 

Charles Lewis: St. Francis sets an example for reformers

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St. Francis of Assisi means a lot to me. Reading about him during the early days of my conversion really made Catholicism come alive. I even took the name Francis when I entered the Church.

Glen Argan: Truth takes a back seat in Khashoggi case

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My plan had been to write this week on the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s encyclical The Splendour of Truth, the sainted pope’s most controversial document. However, as often happens, events intervened and I put off writing that reflection. Maybe next time.

Peter Stockland: Religious freedom’s losses are piling up fast

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The new Quebec government’s proposed assault on religious freedom by barring public wearing of overt faith markers is worrisome enough.

Cathy Majtenyi: Time to separate fear from fact

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The victory of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in the recent Quebec election reflects the growing acceptance of political parties vowing to tighten immigration policies and numbers. 

Figure of Speech: Catholic values drive universities’ goals

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When we speak of Catholic education it is almost a cliché to begin by saying that universities were born from the Church and to give Bologna and Oxford as examples of the foundational role the Church played in the development of higher education. 

Fr. Raymond de Souza: Long line of martyr-bishops marked by men of no fear

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VATICAN – The twin canonizations — along with five others — of Pope St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero prompted many to look for similarities between the two. But the more suggestive similarity is between “San Romero” — as they call him in El Salvador — and the pope whose 40th anniversary is marked this week.