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Editorials

David Wilson%

Observations

by David Wilson

Skating on thinning ice

Columns

February 2016

Spirit Story

by Debbie McMillan

A light in the darkness

Columns

February 2016

Quote Unquote

by David Giuliano

‘Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad.’

Columns

February 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Sanctuaries for skeptics

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Society

February 2016

Interlove

by Colin Boyd Shafer

An intimate portrait series documents love between partners of different faiths

Society

February 2016

Man problems

by Trisha Elliott

It’s not easy to be male these days. It’s even tougher to talk about it.

Interviews

February 2016

Interview with Sally Armstrong

by Sheima Benembarek

Award-winning Canadian journalist and human rights activist talks about the realities of women in war zones

Faith

Statue of Junípero Serra and Juaneño in the St. Francis of Assisi plaza in Havana. Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket/Getty Images

An unsuitable saint

by Donald Grayston

The recent canonization of an 18th-century Spanish colonizer has incensed Indigenous North Americans. What was Pope Francis thinking?

Video

Culture

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in Spotlight, a film about the Boston Globe’s investigation of sexually abusive clergy. Photo by Kerry Hayes

Abuse in the spotlight

by Drew Halfnight

Recent films cast a glaring light on the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests. They make the Vatican’s response seem too little, too late.

Common Good

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Good neighbours

by Dennis Gruending

Politicians will likely only do whatever Canadians support — and accept

Short List

February 2016

Five types of men for the modern era — and their shadows

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

January 2016

5 reasons behind all addiction

by Pieta Woolley

Short List

January 2016

Five uneasy questions about the Oregon militia standoff

by Pieta Woolley

Interviews

Photo by Hugh Wesley

Interview with Sally Armstrong

by Sheima Benembarek

Award-winning Canadian journalist and human rights activist talks about the realities of women in war zones

Sightings

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Travelling to the ’spirit world’

by Carolyn Pogue

Is deep Christian meditation any different from a shamanic journey?

Society

January 2016

This baby’s life

by Sanjay Khanna

Climate chaos. Economic upheaval. Psychological stress. A futurist looks for hope amid the coming turmoil.

Ethics

January 2016

Panhandler protocol

by Anne Bokma

Should you fish out a toonie or walk on by? The answer isn’t always obvious.

Faith

January 2016

A complicated love story

by Alanna Mitchell

After the death of her alcoholic ex-husband, Alanna Mitchell confronts a terrible question: could she have done more to save him?

Culture

Joseph Fiennes in 'Risen.'

WATCH LIST: February 2016

by Observer Staff

Columns

2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) — Final Day

by Mardi Tindal

Universal agreement only gives reason for hope — and for action

Video

November 2014

ObserverDocs: First World War Centenary

by Observer Staff

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. And still, the images of film and the words of poets from that era resonate today.

Features

January 2014

Four years, 9 months

by Jocelyn Bell

A journey through infertility

Features

October 2014

Exodus

by Vidya Kauri

Civilians fleeing the war in Syria make up the largest refugee population in the world. As the conflict rages on, aid agencies are stretched to the limit.