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Budgets mirror the values of Canadians

Joe Gunn

March 14, 2011

Shrug. Ask most Canadian Christians what a federal budget should contain, and a hopeless shrug might be the most common response.

Then again, some of us might tune in to the news to see if we can expect to pay more taxes, receive a tax break, or perhaps even come to expect new government services. If a budget only seems like big news for business, social advocacy organizations and politicians, however, we're missing the mark.

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Get up and be not afraid

Kathleen Giffin

March 14, 2011

Every Lent, on the Second Sunday, we hear a Gospel reading of the Transfiguration, the revelation to the disciples of the divinity of Jesus. Each of the three Scriptural accounts contain the same basic elements - the three disciples climb the mountain with Jesus who is transfigured before them; Moses and Elijah appear; and they hear the voice of the Father telling them: "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

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Be aware of your blessed or cursed consciousness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 14, 2011

There's a Buddhist parable that runs something like this: One day as the Buddha was sitting under a tree, a young, trim soldier walked by, looked at the Buddha, noticed his weight and his fat, and said: "You look like a pig."

The Buddha looked up calmly at the soldier and said: "And you look like God."

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New Evangelization a powerful idea that's not going away

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March 14, 2011

It is now nearly 30 years since Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "new evangelization" in a speech to the Latin American bishops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. If the new evangelization has not yet hit your local parish in a big way — it probably hasn't — don't expect that the idea will go away. Major change in the Church takes time.

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KAIROS' funding cut worries CCODP

March 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - The ongoing controversy over KAIROS funding is creating confusion and concern in the development community says Michael Casey, executive director of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).

"It would be good if some clear guidelines emerged out of this," said Casey. more . . .

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Pope absolves Jews in Jesus' death

Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection.

March 14, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY - In his latest volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict says the condemnation of Christ had complex political and religious causes and cannot be blamed on the Jewish people as a whole.

The pope also said it was a mistake to interpret the words reported in the Gospel, "His blood be on us and on our children," as a blood curse against the Jews. more . . .

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Teens tackle Katrina's aftermath

March 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT - In 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out homes in New Orleans. More than 1,800 people died. Churches, schools and playgrounds lay in ruins. Property damage was an estimated $81 billion, making the natural disaster the deadliest and costliest in U.S. history. more . . .

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Catholics blend values with business

March 14, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Catholic business leaders and experts gathered for a recent Vatican meeting, they were asked to take part in an unusual thought experiment.

Andreas Widmer, a former Swiss Guard and business executive, told them: "Imagine you are put on trial for being a Christian, and they will use your company and how you run it as proof of your faith. Worst case scenario would be they can't convict you because there's no evidence." more . . .

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Vatican condemns murder of Pakistani minister

March 14, 2011
SARA ANGLE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican condemned the killing of a Catholic government minister in Pakistan who had spoken out against anti-blasphemy laws.

"The assassination of the Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, is a new and terribly serious act of violence," Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said March 2. more . . .

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Assassinated Pakistani was ready to die for his faith

Shahbaz Bhatti

March 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's federal minister for minorities, who was assassinated in Islamabad March 2 for protesting against his countries blasphemy law, said before his death he was ready to lay down his life for God and his nation. more . . .

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