Charles Lewis: A prayer for Francis the panhandler

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.

    Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Venezuelan cardinal fights the good fight

    Each year in Kingston, we have the honour of hosting our annual St. John Fisher Dinner, a fundraiser which supports the mission of Catholic Christian Outreach at Queen’s University. We invite a distinguished speaker and have been blessed to highlight places where the Church is under persecution.

      Bob Brehl: Salvator Mundi painting goes on the lam

      The art world is abuzz about the whereabouts of the mysterious painting of Jesus Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.

        Robert Kinghorn: Numbers can’t measure the blessings of street

        There’s a saying statisticians love to trot out when questioned on the value of their surveys. “You are what you measure.”

          Gerry Turcotte: There’s a light ahead in our Lenten journey

          During Ash Wednesday Mass on the St. Mary’s University campus, professor of psychology, Fr. Peter Doherty, offered an inspiring homily. He spoke of the importance of the Lenten journey and the need for us to reach out and to support others, as well as the need to reflect on the importance of the “journey” of Lent — emphasizing that Lent isn’t a time period, but a process leading to discovery.

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

            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.

              Vanessa Santilli-Raimondo: My Lenten promise extends to 54 Fridays

              When I first started thinking about what I would do for Lent this year, the last thing I imagined was a fast that would encompass 54 Fridays, running until Easter of next year.

                Bob Brehl: Book paints Trump as tragic hero

                In a new book, The Case for Trump, scholarly classicist Victor Davis Hanson paints the U.S. president as a tragic hero like Achilles or Ajax from classic Greek literature.

                  Glen Argan: Violence breeds in a world of indifference

                  The mirage that mass shootings — such as the massacre of 50 Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand — are isolated incidents long ago vaporized. While mass killings are performed by deranged individuals whose behaviour falls well outside social norms, they are societal phenomena with societal roots.

                    Cathy Majtenyi: Ontario takes hard-hearted approach with autism plan

                    The Ontario government is advancing further along the road of privatization, this time in the area of autism therapies.

                      Peter Stockland: A Gospel moment on the Green Line

                      I’ve begun to call it the Gospel on the Green Line.