February 15, 2019 — As you know, the country's political and social situation is becoming increasingly volatile. The population, left to its own devices, remained trapped in their homes for fear of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
February 7, 2019 — Refugee issues touch all of us. It is not just for people in the big cities like Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. It is not just for people who live near the border and who see migrants arriving in our country. It also touches people as far away as Sudbury.
February 4, 2019 — Pope Francis is currently on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates. This is the very first time a Roman Pontiff has ever made such a visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the cradle of Islam.
February 1, 2019 — Twenty religious communities, including the Jesuits of Canada, sent a letter to the Executive Director of Development and Peace, Serge Langlois, expressing their astonishment at this crisis, while reiterating their confidence in the organization.
February 1, 2019 — It’s not always easy to nourish one’s interior life, nor to find the time to pray in our world. Silence, calm, and interiority are in fact rare commodities in our secular society, addicted to performance (and to coffee!), working without respite in the noise and the constant maelstrom.
February 1, 2019 — Ever wondered how Jesuits become Jesuits? While a man is considered to be a Jesuit from his first day of novitiate, the total journey toward Jesuit priesthood or formed brotherhood can take from eight to 13 years.
February 1, 2019 — "Right now, I'm not sure what it's going to change in my life. But I know it will make a difference". These are the words of a 34-year-old pilgrim recounted in an excellent article in the newspaper La Croix on WYD, which recalls Pope Francis' insistence on making these meetings a great spiritual retreat.
February 1, 2019 — An Ode to Joy: this is the expression that comes to mind when I describe my experience at the WYD in Panama: "You are not the future, but the now of God", Pope Francis proclaimed to young people all over the world.
January 25, 2019 — Yesterday, January 24, lawyers for Fr. Tony van Hee received word that his personal trial following his arrest last October would be set for July, and that the constitutional challenge to Ontario Bill 163 (2017), will be allowed to proceed independently.
January 24, 2019 — In the early Church, women deacons were well and duly ordained, like the men, but their functions in the church were different. This is what we learned this past week from members of the Commission on Women Deacons instituted in 2018 by Pope Francis.
January 25, 2019 — As a feminist engaged in the fight against the exploitation of women, Sr. Claudette Bastien participated in a meeting at Maison Bellarmin this week of the Action Committee against Internal and International Human Trafficking (CATHII), an organization that she helped found in 2004.
January 25, 2019 — The Action Committee Against Domestic and International Trafficking in Persons (CATHII) met this week at Bellarmin House to discuss human trafficking and human rights. This meeting coincides with the publication, in Rome, of a pastoral guide (pdf) produced by the Dicastery on integral human development.
January 18, 2019 — The 25 members of the enlarged Council have completed their work this week in Rome. It is the result of a move initiated by Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ after his election at the 36th General Congregation in 2016.