I was surprised at how well Wim Wenders summarized the first five years of Pope Francis’  pontificate in his latest documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. In the end, it truly deepened my admiration for Pope Francis. 

Speaking Out: My prayer life is an active choice

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This summer is going to be different than summers in the past. After graduating from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College a few weeks ago, I have struggled to maintain a strong spiritual life without the regularity of a school and work schedule.

Speaking out: Growing up with interreligious parents

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Most of my childhood Sundays were spent below the stained glass windows of a beautiful church filled with incense. I was a “cradle Catholic,” baptized in a white gown and confirmed when I still had braces. However, some Sundays I spent in a modestly decorated Pentecostal church. 

Speaking out: We need more Catholic teachers

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I don’t go to a Catholic high school, but I have friends who do. Some of their stories suggest a failure in the Catholic education system that makes me feel relieved that I’m not their classmate. But I think if schools continue down this path, we are endangering the future of Catholic values in society, which is disheartening to me.

Speaking out: Disheartened by summer jobs funding

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Because of the Canada Summer Jobs program’s new attestation, the summer camp where I work will run with staffing changes, reduced programming and an increase in registration costs. 

Speaking Out: The power of youth voices

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When I was elected student trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board a year ago, I had no idea what to expect. What I have learned leaves me both grateful and hopeful.

Speaking Out: Never lose sight of the ultimate goal

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It has been one year since I graduated from the Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Manitoba and I can’t help but think back to a time when I was drowning in the stress of exams. 

Speaking Out: Change the world by changing me

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When the afternoon of May 12 comes, I will walk across the stage, robed in a graduation gown, ready to take on the world. 

Speaking Out: Forgetting my faith was a mistake

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When I was younger, it wasn’t difficult for me to balance my faith with extra-curricular activities and family obligations. 

Speaking Out: Living by example of Bl. Pier Giorgio

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As I approach the end of my time in university, I have been doing a lot of thinking about those who have played an important role in my life through these years. Among those who have supported, inspired and encouraged me, one who stands out is Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. 

Speaking Out: Vietnamese Archbishop Paul Đọc Văn Bùi lived the Gospel

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I was shocked when I learned of the death of Vietnamese Archbishop Paul Đọc Văn Bùi of Ho Chi Minh City.