The specter of assisted suicide is leading people to "fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear -- a hospital," said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith.
A Roman Observer: There exists a serious challenge to Pope Francis' clear vision of Christian discipleship and servant-leadership.
Making a Difference: Only by addressing the root causes of humanity's ills can we fully be the light of Christ and transform the world.
Most biblical scholars agree that there is no empirical proof of Jesus' resurrection. The appearances of the risen Lord were faith encounters; the early disciples saw Jesus and experienced him as risen because they believed in him and in the words he had spoken to them.
Young adults are the most racially diverse and educated generation to date; but they are also charged with a desire to contribute to their community.
Young Voices: Our infant daughter's own version of believing without seeing changed the way I heard the Gospel passage about doubting Thomas.
"When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her" (Luke 1:57-58).
I sang at their wedding. My husband, Brian, played the piano. I sat in the choir week after week, and watched them loving each other. I was happy for them. Then her belly began to grow and a pain that is indescribable infected every part of my being.
During this season of Easter, we celebrate the essence of our faith: Jesus lives! Without this truth, faith falls apart and we, as church, become a colossal joke. But we believe! Jesus lives! And it is our privilege and responsibility to witness to the truth of Resurrection.
The health of the nation's Catholic schools is mixed, leaders announced, noting that they served nearly 24,000 fewer students than last year although 14 new schools opened across the country.
Young Voices: Arriving at Mass one Thursday morning, I found the presiding priest alone in the chapel. It seemed God was putting me to the test.