Pope Francis

Pope Francis Allows All Priests To Forgive Abortions

CP | Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada

"There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled'' with God, he wrote.

Pope Really Isn't Cool With What Kids Are Learning About Gender

CP | Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Parents

"We are living a moment of annihilation of man as image of God."

Turns Out, The Pope Really Loves Beauty Vloggers

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Style

He says their work helps "neutralize aggression."

The Pope Might Be Shaking Things Up In The Catholic Church

The Canadian Press | The Associated Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Living

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis says he's willing to create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons in the Catholic Church, signalling th...

3 Things You Need To Know About Generation Z

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?

God Sends Memo To U. S. Presidential Candidates

David Martin | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Please stop insulting, trashing and schlonging your fellow candidates. That's not the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu or Buddhist thing to do. And please, please, please don't use my name to promote a pro-gun agenda. I've worked for millennia to build a peace-loving reputation and I don't need you undermining it.

Pope's Sex Abuse Panel Tells Survivor To Take Leave Of Absence

CP | Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press | Posted 02.06.2016 | Canada

Peter Saunders had been highly critical of the Vatican's slow progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests.

Priest Apologizes For Riding Hoverboard During Christmas Eve Mass

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada

"It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people."

Climate Justice As A Matter Of Faith

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Karri Munn-Venn

The engagement of faith communities in the work of climate justice is important as it brings added dimension -- both moral and spiritual -- to an issue once considered the purview of environmental science alone. As institutions of faith, churches have significant resources at their disposal.

Pope Francis' Criticism Of 'New Colonialism' Disregards Africa's Past

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Pope Francis' statements are a testament to the immeasurable and enduring damage that colonialism and transatlantic slavery had on Africa. But Pope Francis' covert finger-wagging to African leaders for their role in what the pontiff called 'new colonialism' seems like an apt distraction from the 'old colonialism' the Church has yet to answer for.

Pope Francis' First Book Of Papacy To Be Published In January

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

Its title? "The Name of God is Mercy."

Leap Manifesto Sets Sights on a Green Canada by 2050

Maude Barlow | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

One could be forgiven for thinking climate change would be at the centre of the election. A decade of gutted environmental laws, unfettered fossil fuel expansion, missed carbon pollution reduction targets and a failure to capture the tangible benefits of shifting to cleaner energy production and use has not only lowered our collective expectations, but put us at the back of the pack globally.

Why a Popular Pope Is Willing to Be Unpopular

John Izzo | Posted 10.01.2016 | 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 09.26.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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 07.15.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 06.24.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.19.2016 | 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!"