Nigerian Catholicism at forefront of universal Church

There is a new archbishop in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. That might not strike you as big news, but it is. The last time Lagos had a new archbishop was in 1973. Cardinal Anthony Okugie, now 76, retired in May after an astonishing 39 years as archbishop. His successor, Archbishop Alfred Martins, is already 52, so likely will only serve for about 25 years or so. Continue reading

The euro confronts reality

- in Rome –
Money is not about the banknotes. After all, the once-mighty American greenback is among the least attractive notes anywhere, lacking even the creativity to employ different colours. In Canada, new notes are being unveiled this year, a splendid combination of high-tech polymer gadgetry and Canadian history, notable for example in the appearance of the Vimy Memorial on the new $20 bill. Continue reading

Uniting a diverse flock

- in Rome –
Pentecost is a feast of unity, as the gift of the Holy Spirit makes possible the unity that the Lord Jesus desires for His Church. To preserve the unity of the Church is one of the first duties of the pastor. The flock is to be brought into the one sheepfold. Yet that remains a very difficult and delicate task. Two current examples, much discussed in Rome these days, point to different approaches. Continue reading

On the rink or gridiron, safety starts with the athlete

Tuesday’s NHL playoff game in Phoenix again brought to the fore an issue that has accompanied the league’s entire season: violent play causing needless injuries.

Losing to the Los Angeles Kings, the Phoenix Coyotes apparently tried to make up in penalties for what they could not accomplish on the scoreboard. The issue already has been a dominant one for Phoenix in these playoffs, with Raffi Torres being suspended for 25 games for a vicious hit on Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. Torres has appealed the length of his suspension, and there is a hearing scheduled for Thursday. On Tuesday, the Coyotes’ Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal were both ejected from the game for driving their opponents into the boards, and teammate Derek Morris was penalized for the type of knee-on-knee hit that can cause serious injury. Continue reading