Editorial: A pope of firsts

On March 13, 2013 the new pope, a surprise selection, received thunderous cheers when introduced to thousands of pilgrims packed into a drizzly St. Peter’s Square. It was a precedent-setting night. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first South American pope, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope named Francis.

Bob Brehl: Hope arises in U.S. gun laws debate

Nothing changed after 20 very young children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., five years ago.

God's word on Sunday: Commandments needed now more than ever

Third Sunday of Lent, March 4 (Year B) Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25; John 2:13-25

Editorial: Listen to youth

As the Vatican prepares for an important Synod of Bishops on youth, an American organization has released a study that says young people who reject the Church typically fall into one of three categories: the injured, the drifters or the dissenters.

Trudeau's Indian missteps a lesson for all of us

Beneath Canadians’ cringing at Justin Trudeau’s embarrassing Indian amble, there seemed charitable hope he could use the debacle for hard reflection on the difference between image and reality.

Charles Lewis: Gun violence needs more than prayers

The massacre of 17 innocents at a Parkland, Fla., high school is not fading out of the news as quickly as other similar tragedies that have plagued the United States.

Cathy Majtenyi: Faith-based values are not bargaining chips

It’s a sneaky way to make a government look progressive, a religion look regressive, and to divide a congregation.

God's word on Sunday: Abraham's offering is a lesson in trust

Second Sunday of Lent, Feb. 25 (Year B) Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Psalm 116; Romans 8:31b-35, 37; Mark 9:2-10


Glen Argan: Legislation alone will not cure racism

Last May, my wife, daughters and I stayed at a resort on a First Nations reserve on Vancouver Island to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. The last night we were there, my mother-in-law moved into town, and my wife and I slept in the yurt where she had stayed.

Bob Brehl: Weapons of mass domestic destruction

On Valentine’s Day, there was yet another U.S. massacre when a shooter killed 17 Florida high school students and wounded a score more.