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Vol. 94, No. 28, January 4, 2017

Happy  New Year

Ottawa welcomed 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, with a party in blizzard conditions. Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly was proven prophetic when she invited Canadians to “bundle up and come celebrate” the night on Parliament Hill as the official kickoff of a year of revelry, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Thousands braved the snow and tight security on the Hill, which included long waits for a bag search and pat down, and a heavy police presence. (Photo by Gerald Schmitz))

This Week

Year in review

“Over and over throughout 2016, Pope Francis spoke of walls and bridges. It is an apt metaphor for much of what transpired in the Catholic world in 2016,” writes Michael Swan.

Family camp

A summer vacation experience with a spiritual dimension is helping families reconnect more deeply, away from everyday cares and interruptions, writes Kiply Yaworski. Cana Continues family camp is an initiative of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.

Silence filmmaker

“In two long interviews with Jesuit publications, director Martin Scorsese described his new film Silence as a major stage in his pilgrimage of faith, a pilgrimage that included flunking out of the minor seminary, investigating other religions and recognizing that the Catholic Church was his home,” writes Cindy Wooden.


In Exile

By Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Books choices of 2016

Liturgy and Life

By Sylvain Lavoie, OMI

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Jan. 15, 2017

Questioning Faith

By Mary Marrocco

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Arts and Culture