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Passport to Paradise demands sharing Jesus' death and resurrection

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September 5, 2011

There is the sin of presumption — the belief that death will surely take me to my rightful place in paradise. There is also a philosophy of presumption — the belief that everyone has a right to eternal life unless they do something drastically bad to blow it.

However, there is no right to eternal life. As sinful creatures, there is no natural way we can enter into paradise because entering paradise means sharing in the life of the Trinity. God would be denying his own nature if he admitted to Trinitarian life any creature who was not permeated with eternal life.

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Hiroshima anniversary

Gutted Atomic Bomb Dome

August 29, 2011

A woman prays after releasing a paper lantern on a river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Valleyfield bishop named archbishop of Sherbrooke

Archbishop Luc Cyr

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has appointed Valleyfield, Quebec, Bishop Luc Cyr as the new archbishop of Sherbrooke, after accepting the resignation of Archbishop André Gaumond, who had reached 75.

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Benedict to proclaim new doctor of Church

St. John of Avila

August 29, 2011

Pope Benedict has announced he will add the name of St. John of Avila to the Catholic Church's list of doctors of the Church.

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Retired Halifax archbishop dies at 89

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Emeritus Austin-Emile Burke of Halifax died peacefully on Aug. 12. He was 89.

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Rosica to do double duty; now heads university

Fr. Thomas Rosica

August 29, 2011

Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light Television, has now taken on the added job of president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ont.

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Vietnamese villagers win right to tractor transport

August 29, 2011

Government officials in Dak Lak province, a rural part of central Vietnam, have waived their normal traffic rules so Catholics can get to Sunday Mass by tractor.

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Bishop of Timmins dies during Quebec vacation

Bishop Paul Marchand

August 29, 2011

Bishop Paul Marchand of Timmins, Ont., died July 23 while on summer vacation.

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Archbishop Spence of Kingston dies at 85

August 29, 2011

Archbishop Francis Spence, a former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops who led the Diocese of Kingston, Ont., for 20 years until his retirement in 2002, died July 27.

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Sentencing hearing learns of Lahey's porn collection

August 29, 2011

Defence lawyers tried to show during a sentencing hearing for Bishop Raymond Lahey that the cleric's collection of child pornography included images of torture.

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