Papa is in Rolling Stone. Which is not exactly what The Temptations sang in 1973, but then at that time who could have expected that the Pope — then Paul VI — would have been on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, the magazine of pop music, with occasional forays into cultural criticism? Continue reading
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The visit of Stephen Harper to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan has been judged a success. Israel’s government was ecstatic for Harper’s steadfast support, the Palestinians overlooked that and were grateful for tens of millions in Canadian aid for schools and security. There were good media reviews at home, and favourable contrasts were drawn with the last visit of a Canadian prime minister to Israel, Jean Chretien’s bumbling and error-strewn tour in 2000. Continue reading
In choosing his first group of new cardinals, Pope Francis indicated changes for some parts of the world, but continuity for Canada.
Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec City will be one of the youngest cardinals in the world at only 56 years of age. In choosing him, the Holy Father indicated that Canada’s traditional allotment of cardinals is unlikely to change for the next generation. Continue reading
In an elegant touch, Pope Francis announced his trip to the Holy Land on January 5, the precise 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. Continue reading
The dominant news story for the Catholic press in any year of a papal election is the conclave itself. Except this past year, when it was the cause of the conclave, namely the utterly unprecedented papal abdication of Benedict XVI. There had never been a freely chosen resignation by a pope whose legitimate election was not in dispute. Yet the abdication and conclave as the Catholic news story of the year was soon overtaken by fascination with the new Pope, particularly his rhetorical style. Continue reading