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You need a reference letter from the poor to get into heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 7, 2011

The great Jewish prophets, the forerunners of Jesus, coined a mantra which ran something like this: The quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land and the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how "widows, orphans and strangers" (biblical code for the three most vulnerable groups in society) fared while you were alive. more . . .

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Stelmach's demise exemplifies lack of respect for politicians

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February 7, 2011

Premier Ed Stelmach's announcement of his decision not to seek re-election was an action typical of the man — to achieve what he believed is right, he sacrificed himself. Stelmach wanted the upcoming budget to meet infrastructure needs and provide jobs for Albertans. He would not accept fiscal masochism obsessed with the bottom line. In the odd logic of that political moment, Stelmach saw that the only way he could get the budget through his caucus was to resign. more . . .

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Jesus is model for teachers — Groome

February 7, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — Jesus is described as a teacher 150 different times in Scripture and Catholic educators should take him as their model, says noted author Thomas Groome. more . . .

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High tech opens a heart to the Bible

February 7, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Everyone who reads has, at some time or other, been psychologically kidnapped by a book. A great book carries us away. They are populated with friends, allies, enemies, protectors and persecutors. Great books teach us how to fall in love, answer when challenged, hope when hopes are dashed, cry when we are hurt and laugh for the sake of laughter. more . . .

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Calgary schools end reliance on casinos

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February 7, 2011
DR. LUCY MILLER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

A few years ago, the Calgary Catholic School District board of trustees, staff, and school communities were faced with a difficult decision when the district considered moving away from gambling as a source of fundraising in its schools. more . . .

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Churches deplore gov't prison expansion plans

February 7, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

OTTAWA — The Church Council on Justice and Corrections has strongly condemned the Conservative government's plans to sharply increase spending on new federal prisons. more . . .

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Ethical Investing: Socially responsible investing enters Canada’s mainstream

February 11, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

In the 20th century big business was strictly business. But in the 21st century companies can’t stay in business if they’re ignoring the environment, hushing talk of human and labour rights or not returning calls from shareholders who want to know what the board is doing and why.

Socially responsible investors are no longer on the fringe of the investment world. Where 10 years ago talk of ethical investing drew smirks and rolling eyeballs, today it’s a top-line concern of boards, CEOs and CFOs. more . . .

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Society must support health care for the poor, says Benedict

February 7, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict called on civil authorities to invest more in health care systems, especially for the poor and needy. more . . .

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Connect to the Holy Spirit, says action hero

Vernon Robertson

February 7, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Catholic evangelist Vernon Robertson, who was once dubbed a "Catholic action hero" by the National Post, travels everywhere with a Bible so well-thumbed it's almost falling apart. more . . .

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Lawyers trump legislators in post-Charter Canada

February 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Whether it is marriage, conscience rights, parental rights to educate their children or hot button issues like prostitution, the real battles are taking place in the courts say those on the front lines. more . . .

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