Two hundred years ago the French aristocrat Eugene de Mazenod gathered a few priests together in southeastern France, writes Michael Swan. The poor, forgotten people would be their life’s work. The unexpected twist in their history was that de Mazenod’s priests would become the instrument for opening up and evangelizing Canada’s western and northern frontiers.
Pope Francis has fascinated the public because of how willingly he upends long-standing traditions and promotes a “revolution of tenderness” to set the Catholic Church on a more pastoral course for a more merciful era, writes David Gibson. “To help fulfil this vision, Francis is also relying on an old-fashioned ritual — indulgences.”
As Syrian refugees were fleeing terror, Larraine Ratzlaff writes that she was distressed to see so-called “Christians” respond by defending “our” Canadian way of life. A faith centred on hospitality does not build walls, it welcomes.