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TORONTO – When Father Roger Brennan was living and working in a dirt-poor town 700 kms southwest of Manila in the Philippines, he didn't think he would have to answer questions about whether it was OK to eat chicken during Lent.
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This year's service was built on the theme Let Justice Prevail by the women of Malaysia.
The appointment of Bishop Luc Bouchard as bishop of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, came as a bolt out of the blue. Bishop of St. Paul for 10 years, Bouchard seemed likely to minister here until his retirement in 13 years.
I grew up with strong, conservative, Roman Catholic roots: the Baltimore Catechism, the Latin Mass, daily rosary, daily Mass if possible, and a rich stream of devotional practices. That's a gift for which I'm deeply grateful.
Imagine if Jesus suddenly came to you right now. In person. The risen Christ standing before you and looking you right in the eye. What would you think? What would you feel? How would you respond?
We hear the word "witness" or "witnessing" used often.
What does it really mean to be Christian witnesses?
John Steinbeck's literary classic, The Grapes of Wrath depicts a family's struggle for survival after being displaced from their Oklahoma farm in the wake of the Dust Bowl and economic collapse of the 1930's. Gathering what's left of their possessions on a rickety truck, the Joad family head west along Route 66 to California, hoping to start anew with the lure of fertile agricultural lands and plenty of work.
I do not know what it's like to lose a child and I hope I never do. All my children, and now grandchildren, are healthy and strong. My family is truly blessed and I try not to forget that fact.
A former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and the president of The Catholic University of America were among 300 signers of a letter who called President Barack Obama's revision to a federal contraceptive mandate "unacceptable."
Benedictine Father Andrew Britz, longtime editor of the Prairie Messenger, died Feb. 14 from a massive heart attack.