Pope Francis

Why a Popular Pope Is Willing to Be Unpopular

John Izzo | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living
John Izzo

The visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations in the same week is making headlines everywhere and ruffling some feathers too. Around the world people of all faiths simply love this guy and maybe what we love about him most is that unlike most leaders, he is willing to challenge us even if we don't like the message.

An Open Letter to Pope Francis from Catholics for Women's Equality

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Living
Nancy Fornasiero

Despite the undeniable facts (half of the world's Catholics are female; most Sunday pews are occupied by women; the vast majority of North American Catholics support the idea of women's ordination) Pope Francis' 2013 assertion that the "door is closed" to women in the priesthood has remained unchanged.

UN Approves 15-Year Plan To Fight Extreme Poverty, Climate Change

CP | Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Living

With the bang of a gavel, international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan Friday to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating pov...

It's Time to Talk About a New Vision for Canada's Economy

David Suzuki | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The federal leaders' debate on the economy focused on important issues but no one talked about a different vision for Canada's economy. A better economic vision would support the right of all Canadians to live in a healthy environment, with access to clean air and water and healthy food. It would respect planetary boundaries and provide the moral imperative to decrease growing income disparities. Businesses would be required to pay for environmental damage they inflict, capital would be more widely distributed and ideas, such as employee shareholder programs with ethically invested stocks, would be the norm.

Pope Francis Calls On Churches To Shelter Refugee Families

CP | Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada

The Pope cited Mother Teresa, the European-born nun who cared for the poorest in India.

Deniers Are All Over the Map; Climate Realists Are All Over the World

David Suzuki | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

It's astounding and tragic that, with all the evidence -- from volumes of scientific research to the very real effects we are experiencing everywhere -- some people stubbornly refuse to believe there's a problem worth addressing. Sadder still: Many of them are political leaders. Fortunately, most thinking people don't buy the lies. People from all sectors and walks of life -- religious, academic, business, political, activist, social justice and citizenry -- are calling for an urgent response to the greatest threat humanity faces.

Pope Says Priests Can Forgive Abortions During Jubilee Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Living

This Jubilee Year of Mercy is meant to be one of compassion.

The Climate Crisis Is Starting to Create a Global Consciousness Shift

David Suzuki | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

I've been astounded by the lack of response over the years, but I'll go out on a limb and suggest a shift is now taking place. Although we may not recognize its significance without the benefit of hindsight, we appear to be in the early stages of something huge. Even some news outlets are shifting. The U.K.'s Guardian decided earlier this year to increase its coverage of climate change, going so far as to encourage divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

Welcome to an Extreme, Warming World

David Suzuki | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Earth is clearly experiencing more frequent extreme weather than in the past, and we can expect it to get worse as we burn more coal, oil and gas and pump more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This can have profound and costly impacts on everything from agriculture to infrastructure, not to mention human health and life.

How Pope Francis Offers Hope on Climate Change

David Suzuki | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Pope Francis recently put humanity's situation in context -- and offered hope for the future. Regardless of how you feel about religion or the Catholic Church, or even some ideas in the Pope's encyclical, there's no denying it contains a powerful, scientifically and morally valid call for radical change that will reach an audience far beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. In his June 18 address, the Pope called on the world -- not just Catholics -- to recognize the need for change in the face of ecological crises such as human-caused global warming and the failure of growth-fuelled market economics to facilitate human survival, happiness and prosperity.

The Climate Change Diet: Three Things You Can Do Right Now to Help the Planet

Brent Preston | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Brent Preston

Our global food system is the single biggest driver of climate change. According to an excellent analysis by GRAIN, the way we grow and transport our food accounts for about half of all the greenhouse gases produced by humans. Here are three things you can do right now to opt out of the industrial food system that threatens our global environment.

Can the Pope's Letter Create a "Tipping Point" on Climate Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

When climate scientists refer to "tipping points" it is usually bad news -- a moment beyond which elevated levels of greenhouse gas emissions will result in extreme weather and catastrophic damage to life upon this planet. Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment may be seen as another "tipping point" -- towards ensuring that communities of faith take up the moral challenge to preserve and protect creation.

Pope Receives Canucks Jersey From Vancouver Newlyweds

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Ah, you are from Vancouver!"

Pope Invited To Visit Vancouver's Poorest Area

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Your presence and message will bring a spotlight internationally to (our) concerns."

When it Comes to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, There Are No Shades of Grey

Rondi Adamson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rondi Adamson

It is a black and white matter. Killing journalists because they write, draw or publish something you deem offensive is wrong, and yes, it is wrong even if the thing you deemed offensive is, objectively speaking, offensive. There are no shades of grey here, no colours, no nuances. None of that is relevant. It matters not if the cartoons were vulgar or sexist, or, as many think, not funny.

Pope Delivers Stern Warning To Mafia

The Associated Press | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living

ROME — Pope Francis has a warning for Italy's mobsters: They will go to hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-...

Quebec Archbishop Among New Cardinals Named By Pope

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada

VATICAN, Vatican City - Quebec Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix was among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope Francis on Sunday, joining an eli...

Pope Francis is Wrong About Capitalism

Mark Milke | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Any time of year is a good time to discuss poverty but the subject has obvious resonance at Christmas. Thus, unsurprisingly, Pope Francis recently wrote about the necessity of compassion for those on the margins. However, the Pope's letter also took capitalism in general to task -- troubling because the relationship between wealth creation and the alleviation of (some) poverty is often misunderstood. The Pontiff's critique will not necessarily correct this confusion. The Pope's letter is a broad-brush critique but thoughtful readers should pause, ponder and then object.

HE'S The Best Dressed Man Of The Year??

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Style

As if being named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013 wasn't enough, now Pope Francis has another impressive title to add his growing list of ...

Why the Pope Can't Change With Each Passing Fashion

Michael Coren | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Michael Coren

Sorry and all that, but the Pope cannot change certain aspects of teaching anymore than he can suddenly decide that Christ is not the Messiah or God not God. It's not a question of changing with the times; good Lord, the times can be bad just as an idea or a person can be bad.

Pope Francis Delivers Shocker to Staunch Catholics (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Alberta

A gleam of hope in a history riddled with scandal and dismay throughout the 21st century twinkles on the horizon for the Roman Catholic Church, after an Interview with Pope Francis last week.

The Week In Review: Praising Pope Francis

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

While there was undoubtedly something less than consistent about his "Stop being so preoccupied with abortion!/Let's talk about abortion!" chain of commentary this week, the Pope still deserves credit. His actions and words have been constant in their focus on delivering people help, love and protection, rather than on condemning people for their choices or natures. Even Pope Francis's anti-abortion comments to Catholic gynecologists on Friday seemed to centre on the dignity of life, rather than on the sin of those who would take it.

Why I'm Listening To the Pope About Reaching Out To Other Faiths

Anthony Piscitelli | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Anthony Piscitelli

By washing the feet of two Muslims the Pope has sent a message that it is time for us to reach out to other faiths. This is also a message to Catholic Trustees to open the doors of our schools. Some Ontario Catholic school systems already allow non-Catholics to attend their elementary schools. Two years ago I heard one of these students speak at a conference. This student shared how much he enjoyed learning about Catholicism during the week, while he also liked learning about his religion on Saturdays. This boy of 10 or 11 had more interfaith respect and understanding than most of us can hope to learn in a lifetime.

Popes and Politicians Alike Need a Hand These Days

Diane Francis | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

Immediately after Pope Francis became the leader of the world's 1.2-billion Catholics this week, he prayed for guidance. And it's little wonder. He is the newly elected CEO of the Vatican. The United States, despite a currency mantra of "In God We Trust," has also been forced to undergo serious soul-searching following its 2008 fiscal catastrophe.

Pope Takes Crowd By Surprise

CBC | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada

More than 100,000 people packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican today to see Pope Francis deliver his first prayer address from a window of the papa...