Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Where are the missionaries who will evangelize today?

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Thanks to the excellent coverage by Salt + Light Television, I was able to follow the “Catholica 200” celebrations in St. Boniface, Man., marking the bicentennial of the arrival of the first French missionaries in the Canadian West. 

Cathy Majtenyi: Ontario strikes big blow against a healthy world

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It’s the timing that makes Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cap-and-trade announcement particularly ironic.

Peter Stockland: New Catholic hymnal nothing to sing about

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Proof that the Church has no shyness about irony is affirmed by news that Canada’s new Catholic hymnal will be unleashed during Lent two years hence.

Bob Brehl: Gun violence and the dog days of summer

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This column started about all the gun violence in Toronto this summer, but then it changed. For some reason, thoughts moved from hatred and death that guns bring to unconditional love and affection that family pets offer.

Charles Lewis: Don’t expect Roe v. Wade debate to end

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You could almost hear the champagne corks popping below the border when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation. 

Francis Campbell: Priests on a mission to make missionaries

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The Lord God called to the man and said, “Where are you?”

Barefoot and Preaching: Learning to take in the words that I need

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I love words. They flow constantly from my head to my heart, spill out of my mouth with laughter, make sense of my world.  And sometimes, words fail. They take the air from my lungs or hit me in the face. Sometimes, there isn’t sense to be made. 

Glen Argan: Building Canadian paradise requires faith

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Several years ago, a friend who had immigrated from the former Soviet Union told me, “Canada is the greatest place on Earth. It is a paradise.” While I felt flattered on behalf of my country to hear those words, I also wondered what in our country made him so effusive.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: Canada took wrong side in Humanae Vitae debate

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The summer of 1968, with France undergoing a social revolution and America burning, was not a congenial time for a reaffirmation of traditional morality in face of the sexual revolution. But the courageous Blessed Paul VI did just that in his encyclical Humanae Vitae, published 50 years ago this month.

Cathy Majtenyi: Smartphone addiction puts youth mental health at risk

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On June 1, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada held a national event that many of today’s young people would find highly challenging: spending one hour away from their smartphones.