Dr. Gordon Neufeld – A Vancouver-based developmental psychologist

Dr. Gordon Neufeld.

How can families remain strong and loving? How can parents and children have healthy, loving relationships? These are some of the great questions of our time, a time in which the traditional family is under attack from many sides. And there seems little doubt that the harm caused by the breakdown of the traditional family […]

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Zelja Markic – Head of the Croatian citizens’ group “In the Name of the Family”

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On December 1, Croatia took a stand against the growing worldwide tide in favor of the legal recognition of homosexual marriage. One of the leaders against such recognition was Zelja Markic, head of the citizens’ group “In the Name of the Family,” which helped organize voters against the initiative. For her role in recognizing that the fundamental characteristic […]

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José Maria Di Paola, “Padre Pepe” – This Argentine priest works in the slums of Buenos Aires

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He is “one of the men whom I respect the most and to whom I listen attentively, and not just because he is a priest,” Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) said in 2010. “He is a man of God who does my soul and my spiritual life much good.” The man he was speaking […]

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Gregory III Laham – Patriarch of the Greek Melchite Church in Syria

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Patriarch Gregory is pastor of the Greek-Catholic community in Syria, where violence against Christians has been escalating. The patriarch, with more than 150,000 faithful, is an advocate for the diminishing and endangered Christian communities in the Near and Middle East. He promotes reconciliation as the anchor of salvation for Syria and for the future of […]

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Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin – Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai, China

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin

The Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai, China, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, has been under house arrest in Sheshan Seminary in China since July 2012. For his steadfast faith in the face of the governmental power which has impeded him from exercising his religious ministry, we are proud to include Bishop Ma among our “Top Ten” people of 2103 for […]

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Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk – Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.

Sviatoslav Shevchuk, 43, was born in 1970 in Ukraine, then under Communist rule and part of the Soviet Union. Still, despite the policy of state atheism, he received and maintained his Christian faith. Now he has become the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest Eastern-rite Church in union with Rome. For his […]

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Sister Antonietta Colacchi – Nun of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and Director of the Dispensary of Santa Marta

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“Our days are marked by the joy of being a Christian, by the brightness of a smile, and by the warmth of gratitude!” Sister Antoinetta Colacchi said to Pope Francis on December 14 when the Pope visited the Dispensary of Santa Marta in Vatican City, which she directs. The dispensary is a small clinic tucked […]

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Athanasius Schneider – Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan

Athanasius Schneider.

“Preferential option for the poor”: this formula has long been used in the Church, in line with the teachings and commands of Our Lord, to indicate that the Christian faithful should accord preferential treatment to the less advantaged and fortunate sections of society, the marginalized, downtrodden, powerless, defenseless, vulnerable. And who are the “poorest of […]

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Men of the year: Benedict XVI and Francis

Two men gave remarkable testimonies of faith to the world during 2013: Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned his office on February 28, and Pope Francis, who was elected to be his successor on March 13. Pope Benedict, in his courageous decision to step down, taken after a long period of meditation and reflection, gave an […]

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