Charles Lewis is a freelance writer and former religion editor at the National Post.

I read George Orwell’s 1984 when I was in high school. We were still in the midst of the Cold War and were taught it was a book about the evils of communism. 

Charles Lewis: This is our chance to redeem ourselves

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There is a similar scene in many movies. It is a cliché but one most of us enjoy: the skinny kid, representing good, enters the ring with the brutish bully, representing evil. Think The Karate Kid and the like.

Charles Lewis: One-on-one with the great Jean Vanier

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In 2007 I started a new assignment as the National Post’s religion reporter and editor. It was at a time I was digging deeper into Christianity so I thought it would be a perfect fit for me. 

Charles Lewis: Religion surveys don’t tell the whole story

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To read statistical surveys of religion in Canada and the United States is to believe organized religion is imploding. 

Charles Lewis: Religious liberty is fading fast

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We are witnessing a collapse of religious freedom in Canada. Anyone who doubts it is naïve or completely uniformed. There may be some who simply cannot believe this is happening in a modern democracy. But it is.

Charles Lewis: A prayer for Francis the panhandler

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For a number of years there was a panhandler standing outside St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto. His name was Francis. I liked him quite a bit. Which should not be thought of as a given since there are some panhandlers who, over the years, have gotten on my nerves. I know it is not a Christian thing to say but there it is.

Charles Lewis: The miracle of St. Augustine's Seminary

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Consider this a non-poetic, nonrhyming ode to St. Augustine’s Seminary. I love the Toronto school and I want to explain why. And then I hope you will love it, too.

Charles Lewis: A practical guide for a pro-life reality

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We just witnessed the wonderful scene of thousands of Canadians marching in Ottawa to show their support for life. It was encouraging but also raises some serious questions.

Charles Lewis: Tanya Granic Allen deserves a badge of honour

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I am writing about a friend. Her name is Tanya Granic Allen. I do not normally write about friends or family, but what happened to her at the hands of supposed political allies needs repeating because it was so grotesque and cowardly. 

Charles Lewis: It’s a bumpy road to finding true peace

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What is peace? What does it mean in the Christian sense? 

Charles Lewis: Silence much easier said than done

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Many of us were fortunate enough to hear Cardinal Robert Sarah speak at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica last month. He is truly a holy man and strong voice in a world of banalities. How many people do you know whose cause is silence?

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