In Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the church of Hallgrímur (Hallgrímskirkja) towers above the city. It is the tallest church in Iceland, rising almost 75 metres. Locals boast that you can see its spire from almost anywhere in the city — like a compass of sorts.

Figure of Speech: Resolving myself to a Year of Depth

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It is fashionable for columnists to devote the first column of the new year to resolutions — those kept and those broken. For the record, I’ve done both.

Charles Lewis: Trump doesn’t deserve pro-life support

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Donald Trump has become a hero of the pro-life movement and the darling of conservative Christians. But there is ample evidence to question whether he is worthy of that mantle or even of our respect. Does he really live up to a Christian ideal of respecting life? 

Peter Stockland: Retreat combines worlds of art, faith

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Changing the current toxic cultural narrative around and about the Church consumes enormous Christian energy through a range of means and methods.

Robert Brehl: Woodward’s advice for our ‘dicey times’

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Shortly after U.S. president Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace, the Washington Post’s two young reporters who played such a pivotal role in uncovering Watergate received a personal letter from their gutsy publisher Katharine Graham.

Church on the Street: Taking a driving lesson from Natalie

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It was one of those nights when I was challenged by Pope Francis’ insightful observation in The Joy of the Gospel: “The Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas.”

Glen Argan: Contemplation a path to bridging cultures

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The cover headline on the December issue of Sojourners magazine caught my eye — “Decolonizing the Spiritual Life: Contemplation, healing, and activism centred on people of colour.” It pointed to an article inside the U.S. magazine, an interview with Teresa Mateus of the Mystic Soul Project.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Call Venezuela’s evil by name

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For several years now, Catholic refugee policy — articulated passionately and repeatedly by the Holy See and many national bishops’ conferences — has focused on the urgent secondary thing, rather than the most important primary thing.

Charles Lewis: Writings connect the dots of creation

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One of the great joys of dealing with chronic pain is that I can read books about the faith all the time without feeling guilty. 

Peter Stockland: Irish should learn lesson from Canada

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As predictably as rain falling in Dublin, Irish pro-abortion stalwarts are already agitating for so-called exclusion zones around health facilities where the life-ending procedure is performed.