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

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.

God's Word on Sunday: Bright future lies on the path of light

Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 7 (Year B) Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

Francis Campbell: Our faithful friend set a golden standard

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

Glen Argan: Sexual dignity begins with respect for all

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.

Editorial: Our 125-year-old promise

On Jan. 5, 1893, founding editor Fr. John Teefy introduced the debut issue of The Catholic Register to Canada’s growing Catholic community with these words: “We are a Catholic journal — Catholic first, last and always.

Peter Stockland: We have become victims of our own overthinking

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

A New Year’s party? Bah, humbug!

I’ve never had much enthusiasm for New Year’s celebrations. Partly this is because of the utterly perverse timing of the holiday.

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

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.

Editorial: Christmas prayers

For much of the past two decades, Christmas celebrations in the birthplace of Christ have been muted. Recent Decembers, however, have seen Bethlehem start to become a more joyous place and the annual Christmas tree lighting last month in Manger Square was said to be the most festive in years.

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

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

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.