Earlier this month I attended the funeral of Msgr. Gregory Haddock, a priest of Opus Dei. The homilist at St. Michael’s Cathedral said pain had been Fr. Greg’s constant companion, but he never complained. Parkinson’s disease slowly ended his life.

St. Francis Xavier relic highlights vital role of immigrants

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The visit of the relic of St. Francis Xavier to the Mississauga, Ont., parish named after him will likely be the largest Catholic event of the year in Canada. Numbers are not the most important part of any pilgrimage, but they do tell part of the story. And the 13,000-plus pilgrims that came to St. Francis Xavier parish to honour their patron is an important story about the state of the Church in Canada.

Peter Stockland: Time to re-think funding in fight for summer jobs

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Canada’s former ambassador for religious freedom sees recent punitive changes to Ottawa’s Canada Summer Jobs program as the epitome of anti-faith hostility.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza: St. Francis Xavier relic hits very close to home

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The relic of St. Francis Xavier is making a Canada-wide visit this month. It began with stops in Quebec City, St. John’s, Nfld., Halifax and Kingston, and visits the Toronto area before heading to the four Western provinces.

Francis Campbell: Our faithful friend set a golden standard

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The inverted spelling that links the words God and dog seems an unlikely coincidence.

Glen Argan: Sexual dignity begins with respect for all

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Time magazine’s choice of “the silence breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year acknowledges the importance of a movement that is changing our culture for the better.

Peter Stockland: We have become victims of our own overthinking

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Some years ago, I would refer a particular fussbudget friend to a spoof self-help group called Over Thinkers Anonymous.

The Church on the street: A gift of thanks on Christmas morn

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Unless you have been homeless, as Mary and Joseph were on that first Christmas, it is difficult to understand the deep peace a roof over your head can bring.

Cathy Majtenyi: The story of Jesus’ birth filled with lessons for all

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The scene in the movie The Nativity Story where Mary jumps off the cart after returning from Elizabeth’s house always chokes me up.

Robert Brehl: Christmas treasure found in Klondike gold rush

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On Christmas Eve during the Klondike gold rush, three young miners found an unexpected treasure more valuable than gold dust, and their chivalry is worth remembering 120 Christmases later.

Peter Stockland: Don't blame social media for human bad behaviour

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There is something seriously laughable, but also laughably serious, about former Facebook bosses bemoaning the global damage caused by social media giants.