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Obama ends marriage defence; bishops alarmed

March 14, 2011

The Obama administration's decision to no longer support the federal Defense of Marriage Act is an "alarming and grave injustice," said New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Fasting has spiritual, physical benefits

March 14, 2011

That empty stomach rumble, a reminder of fasting during Lent, is beneficial spiritually and physically.

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The story of Israel is Mary's story

March 14, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In 2009, my grandmother died a year before her 100th birthday. After the funeral, I dug up her old genealogy records, which traced our family's roots back 400 years to the habitants of New France.

As a child, I had spent hours listening to the stories that Gram had told about my long-ago ancestors. What courage had led these men and women to Canada, bringing little more than the faith! The early settlers had faced terrible hardships as they made a life for their families in this new land.

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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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