In Toronto’s Oratory Church of the Holy Family, the rumble of streetcars drifts through the open door, obscuring the soft chanted song of a Latin liturgy that has changed little over the centuries. The Sunday service—the only one still regularly conducted in Latin in Canada’s largest English-speaking diocese—usually attracts about 150 people.
Toronto writer June Callwood once described Sister Mary Jo Leddy, 41, as one of the “brainiest and most compelling orators in the peace movement.” A tireless campaigner for peace, the Toronto-born Sisters of Sion nun was a spiritual leader on an expedition to Nevada last May in protest against the U.S. government’s nuclear test.
The youths are known as gammler— “dropouts”—and they spend their days around the Alexanderplatz in East Berlin gossiping in conspiratorial undertones, shocking their elders with their ragged jeans, ill-matched jackets and long hair—the emblems of their dissent.
Shipping executives in the United Arab Emirates port of Dubai did not have to look far last week for evidence of the latest flare-up in the Persian Gulf. From the office windows of major Gulf shipping agencies they could see the long line of newly damaged tankers and cargo vessels anchored just offshore, waiting for repair in Dubai’s busy drydocks.By ROSS LAVER4 min
Smiling bravely, John Turner emerged from a 90-minute meeting last week flanked by two of his most loyal supporters, senators Alasdair Graham and Pietro Rizutto. Inside, the senators and Liberal House Leader Herb Gray had presented Turner with a list of proposals drawn up at a top-level Liberal strategy session on Aug. 30 in Ottawa.By HILARY MACKENZIE7 min
To some he is a prince of peace and a compassionate humanitarian. To others he is an intolerant enforcer of orthodox theology, insensitive to change and to basic human needs. But despite the differing perceptions of Pope John Paul II and the controversy over his interpretation of Roman Catholic Church doctrine, observers agree that the pontiff is a tireless messenger of God’s word, ever-insistent on bringing that message directly to the people.
The face is neither white nor black, male nor female, childlike nor mature. It is undeniably beautiful —but it is also simply unnatural. Yet that very quality, artifice, may be the source of its haunting power. The face, the reconstructed face of state-of-the-art show business, belongs to Michael Jackson.By NICHOLAS JENNINGS6 min
Richard Hatfield is famous across the country for personal eccentricities. But as the New Brunswick premier began his campaign for a fifth term last week, he was relaxed enough to joke about his reputation. Explaining his choice of Tuesday, Oct. 13 as the day for a provincial election, Hatfield told supporters in the northeastern community of Miramichi Bay: “In politics, you can’t take any chances.By KATHRYN HARLEY4 min
At their Antarctic base camp on the frigid shores of the Weddell Sea, 1,500 km from the South Pole, a team of British scientists discovered an ominous phenomenon in 1977. The researchers were measuring the con centration of strato spheric ozone, and they said that the readings they received made them suspect that their instruments were mal functioning.By ANNE STEACY5 min
All the trappings were in place: long motorcades carrying dignitaries, elaborate official ceremonies, solemn deliberations and costly security measures involving hundreds of armed police and helicopters clattering overhead. But as delegates to last week’s summit of 37 francophone nations headed home from their threeday encounter in Quebec City, the ultimate significance of the event and the future of the fledgling group remained unclear.
Diane Francis’s column about Ed Broadbent and the NDP (“The message in the NDP’S book,” Aug. 24) demonstrates that Francis is a journalist who knows how to observe essentials and what questions to ask. When the citizens of our country are to make a responsible decision on which party to choose, they can benefit from Francis’s detectivelike analysis.
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