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Probing Pope Frances' Ecological Encyclical: An Open Forum

Dr. Dennis O’Hara and Fr. Steve Dunn, C.P. facilitated an Open Forum on Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si on June 30, 2015 at St Gabriel’s Parish in Toronto, Canada. Close to three hundred people attended. Many from different parishes and religious congregations all across the city gathered to celebrate the encyclical and to draw and to share insights from it. Many communities are finding that the best place to begin is with an open discussion!

Civic Friendship—Restoring Hope for A Truly Common Good?

Has civic discourse become impossible?  Are we so fragmewnted and polarized that common ground and consensus are "relics of a distant past?  Writer and teacher, Paul Wadell, walks us through a hopeful challenge in this essay.

Oscar Romero, Saint for Our Times

Pope Francis’ determination to advance Romero’s cause for sainthood recognizes this witness. It also reveals the influence Romero is having on Francis’ own goal as pope — to move the global church closer to the kind of church that emerged in El Salvador under Romero, whose story is a roadmap to such a church.
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