One reason Canadians took pride in their nation in recent decades was Canada's assistance to the poorest people in the world's poorest nations to improve their own living conditions. This commitment was expressed not only through the donations of tens of millions of dollars by individuals, but also by our governments' matching of the donations that individuals made to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
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Truth finds us in different ways. Sometimes we learn what something means, not in a classroom but in a hospital.
The Second Sunday of Easter is celebrated as the feast of Divine Mercy. There is a natural logic of the placement of that feast in the liturgical calendar – what greater mercy could God show than by what transpired on the Great Night of Easter?
Holy Week is not a particularly tranquil time for a priest. In the midst of all the activity, I find Good Friday is the most resonant.
A Quebec legislative committee's call for legalized euthanasia might be a grave danger to Canada's health care system. Its immediate and unquestionable menace, however, is the damage it does to democracy.
I admit I was wrong. I couldn't imagine it would happen. Why would the federal government decimate the budget of the official overseas aid agency of the country's largest religious constituency, at the same time as Conservative Party leaders were availing themselves of every opportunity to ingratiate themselves to Catholic voters?
There was a television news story recently that told of a young single mother they called Marie (not her real name) who has a severe case of multiple sclerosis. Her condition has degenerated so quickly that she needs a nanny to care for her two small children.
Caiaphas, presumably, was a well-respected man. To become the high priest, his integrity must have been valued by others.
Three years into the implementation of Edmonton's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, about 1,600 people have made the journey from homelessness to home.
Development and Peace is facing significant program reductions and staff cuts after the Catholic lay movement was hit by a 65 per cent cut in government funding.