Voices
Dean Dettloff is America's Toronto correspondent and a junior member of the Institute for Christian Studies.
Light streams into St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish in Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Larkin Architect Limited)
Faith Dispatches
Dean DettloffAugust 23, 2019
The daily light show at St. Gabriel's in Toronto is not just aesthetically moving, writes Dean Dettloff. It is part of a church design that reminds us of human dependence on the earth.
Bolivian President Evo Morales presents a gift to Pope Francis at the government palace in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8. The gift was a wooden hammer and sickle -- the symbol of communism -- with a figure of the crucified Christ. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano/Illustration: America Media)
Faith Features
Dean DettloffJuly 23, 2019
What Catholics (still) don’t understand about communism.
Sister Teresa Forcades. Photo by Emily Briggson.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffJuly 11, 2019
The tumult in Catalonia continues. Many Catalans wonder what the future holds for their community. Among them is a rabble-rousing Benedictine nun, Sister Teresa Forcades, one of the most recognizable voices within Catalonia’s independence movement.
Workers collect oil from a stream below the site of an oil pipeline break in 2016 in Wachapea, Peru. Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin. (CNS photo/Barbara Fraser)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffApril 29, 2019
“Will this ombudsperson really be able to provide justice for a community in Guatemala, who has really experienced crimes, including rape, the forced displacement of their community, and murder?”
Canada’s former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to testify in front of the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffMarch 06, 2019
Ms. Wilson-Raybould resigned from her post in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 12 over what she called pressure to go easy on bribery and fraud charges against the Quebec-based multinational engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
Officers of the Bolivarian National Guard clash with residents who cleared a barricaded border bridge attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country, in Urena, Venezuela, near the border with Colombia, on Feb. 23. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffMarch 01, 2019
Though not usually seen as a major player in global politics, Canada has taken a leadership role in the Lima Group, which aims to restore “constitutional democracy” in Venezuela.
Teachers and supporters hold signs in the rain during a rally on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles. Thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike for the first time in three decades after contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffJanuary 22, 2019
Strikes have likewise been prominent in Canada’s southern neighbor over the last year. Teachers in West Virginia made national headlines when strikes across the state won higher wages from a Republican governor and legislature
The weekly food basket distribution at Romero House
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffNovember 29, 2018
Many asylum seekers have been housed in hotels or shelters, even as private groups are prepared to help them adjust to life in Canada. In downtown Toronto, however, inspired by the life of a freshly canonized saint, another model has been operating for over 25 years.
A teepee in Ottawa on June 30, 2017, erected as a symbol of rights for indigenous people. (iStock/PaulMcKinnon)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffOctober 03, 2018
Carleton University researchers say that Canadian mining companies are taking advantage of anti-terrorism tactics to suppress legitimate political protest.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Dean DettloffAugust 13, 2018
Quebec’s far right has been expanding, especially targeting the province’s Muslim community.