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Vol. 92 No. 32 February 4, 2015

Jesuit Father Fernando Cardenal

Jesuit Father Fernando Cardenal, a Nicaraguan poet and Queen Sofia Prize winner, speaks during a celebration for his 90th birthday at the National Theatre Ruben Dario in Managua, Nicaragua, Jan. 27. He turned 90 Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)


This Week


Honouring Lejeune’s works

French scientist Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the cause of Down syndrome, continues to inspire physicians through his integration of love, truth, science and faith. An exhibit honours his work.

Pope Francis and the media

The news cycle is like a popularity contest — and Pope Francis is winning, writes Ruane Remy. The current leader of the Roman Catholic church is so popular with the mainstream media he may be garnering the most attention ever for a pontiff, ahead of even Pope John Paul II.

Religion and violence

In the West, the idea that religion is inherently violent is taken for granted by everyone from academics to cab drivers, says British religion scholar Karen Armstrong. She is interviewed about her latest book: Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, and Gerald Schmitz reviews.

On melancholy

We tend to think of melancholy as negative, writes Ron Rolheiser, OMI. But feelings of sadness, loneliness, regret and heaviness of soul can be healthy and are part of a normal life.

Faith

In Exile

By Ron Rolheiser, OMI

The positive side of melancholy

Liturgy and Life

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, OMI

By Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, OMI

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 15, 2015

Questioning Faith

Mary Marrocco

By Mary Marroccok

How to face the impossible

Commentary

Arts and Culture