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Tuesday
Feb252014

Lent, 2014: John Allen

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There are many reasons why it is hard to see Christians as the world’s most aggrieved victims: there are 2.2 billion Christians worldwide – seemingly far too numerous to be vulnerable – and Christians themselves, rightly or wrongly, are still perceived as history’s great persecutors.

 

Today, everyone knows a church in Iraq or in Egypt might be attacked with lives lost but those are thought to be isolated incidents brought on by radical Islam. John Allen, the highly esteemed veteran Vatican-based journalist for the National Catholic Reporter, believes this attitude is toxic. In his new book, The Global War on Christians, he makes a compelling case that the most dangerous identity to hold in the world today is

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Tuesday
Dec172013

Christmas, 2013: P.D. James

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As promised in our last issue, here is the second part of the P.D. James interview, in which she discusses with C. Peter Molloy the moral responsibility of the writer. Fans of Baroness James (and based on the response to our last issue, there are many) will be especially pleased to hear her discuss a final novel and the question of Adam Dalgliesh’s salvation.

TAP: You have written on the question of the moral responsibility of the writer. What do you mean by that?

PDJ: Well I think that there is a moral responsibility. I think, first of all, it is a responsibility just to know your standards. For instance, not to write this book

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Friday
Nov152013

Advent 2013: P.D. James

Advent 2013: P.D. James

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This summer your editor, C. Peter Molloy, was pleased to sit down with The Right Honourable Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE, known to her millions of readers as P.D. James. In this excerpt from that conversation, Baroness James talks about one book that has truly captured her heart.

TAP: Baroness James, it is a great pleasure to be with you. I wonder if we could start by talking about your spiritual life?

PDJ: Well, I came to The Book of Common Prayer and to the Church of England

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Friday
Nov152013

Eastertide 2011: Elaine Young 

(Photo: Sue Careless)

Over 16 million people in 164 countries have taken an Alpha course, including a quarter million Canadians. Anglican laywoman Elaine Young is Alpha Canada's Regional Director for the Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Director for Relationship Central. She talks with Sue Careless about the popular evangelistic program and some of its new courses.   

Alpha has, by any measure, been an outstanding success in spreading the Gospel of Christ,

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Friday
Sep272013

Michaelmas, 2013: Pilar Gonzalez Gatemen

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‘God doesn’t call you because you are a priest. He makes you one,‘ says Rev. Pilar Gonzalez Gatemen.  “I am still growing into it.” The current rector of Christ Church, Fort Macleod, Alberta taught school for 16 years, and was one of those faithful parishioners who volunteers for job after job – teaching Sunday School, cooking Alpha dinners – with no thoughts of heading to seminary. She and husband, Brent, who owns a regional airline and flight school, were busy

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