It’s difficult to equate dynamic evangelization with the reality of shrinking numbers of parishes, priests, parishioners and active churches. But evangelization is exactly what the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth hopes to achieve through a strategy called New Parishes: Stronger Together.

Joe Gunn: Strategy to eradicate Canadian poverty needs an action plan

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The world commemorated the United Nations’ International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17, but you could be forgiven for not noticing. 

Luke Stocking: Inspiring words offer a simple message

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Live simply so that others may simply live. These words haunt me. These words inspire me. 

Jenny Cafiso: ‘Bridging borders’ worth the price for Hondurans

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More than 7,000 Honduran migrants including children have crossed the Guatemalan and Mexican borders and are marching toward the United States. Some people, including the American president, are describing them as murderers, rapists, “very bad criminals.” Helicopters are hovering over them, while the border patrol and the military have been alerted. There are calls to close the border.

Bishop Robert Barron: There is a way to set young hearts on fire

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The following is an abridged version of Bishop Barron’s recent presentation at the Synod of Bishops on young people:

Francis Campbell: Fundamental truths about Kavanaugh hearing circus cannot be ignored

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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. That old newsroom jest has been bandied about for years, especially when questioning a dubious article in a rival publication.

Luke Stocking: Time to overcome fear

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How little it takes. How few people cross our borders before we allow narratives of fear to start taking hold of us. 

Angela Saldanha: The joy of being aware of God’s presence

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I left home in my teens; travelled afar, far from family and friends. Life in the new country was different,exciting, challenging. And horribly lonely. 

Francis Campbell: We can no longer hide from some ugly truths

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Groundhog Day is a 1993 movie featuring actor Bill Murray as a cynical television weatherman forced to live the same day over and over again.

Fr. Thomas Reese: Doubts about Viganò’s accusations aside, Pope Francis needs a better response

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Religion News Service – It is hard to know what to think of the bombshell dropped by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who released a scalding letter on Sunday (Aug. 26) calling on Pope Francis to resign. Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, claims in the letter that Pope Francis knew that recently resigned Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused seminarians when he was a bishop in New Jersey but nonetheless didn’t punish the cardinal.