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Making CIDA a tool of self-interest shames Canada

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April 1, 2013

One key test of any nation's spiritual and moral well-being is what it does for the poor of other nations. A nation that focuses on itself and its own interests is spiritually impoverished no matter how much material wealth it accumulates.

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Election of new pope is a lightning bolt from heaven

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March 25, 2013

The worldwide outpouring of joy-filled tears over the election of Pope Francis should be a sign to all that the pope is much more than the CEO of the world's largest organization. He is our spiritual father, the Holy Father. We did not know this man, yet from the first moment he received the warmest embrace of the Catholic faithful. We yearn for his fatherhood.

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Find the character of a leader by watching his chosen advisors

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March 18, 2013

By the time you read this, the College of Cardinals will most likely have elected a new pope. However, before the conclave began, the cardinals appear to have gone to great lengths in discussing the issues facing the Church and drawing a profile of the man best able to meet those challenges.

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Seeing Christ in others can undermine society's relativism

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March 11, 2013

Blessed John Paul II was able to challenge the false god of communism and win a victory. Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his pontificate to overcoming a much more resilient idol – what he called the dictatorship of relativism.

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Church can overcome barriers to evangelization

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March 4, 2013

The Church is a people gifted to live in communion with God. As cardinals gather to elect a new pope, that is worth emphasizing because much media attention will be on the most superficial aspects of the Church – the sins of its members, its organizational structure and who has the power. We need to emphasize that it is through the Church and its sacraments that we share in God's eternal life.

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Why the Church is portrayed as a purveyor of hate

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February 25, 2013

A society that does not admit the existence of God will not, of course, recognize offences against God. It will not admit the existence of sin.

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Pope Benedict: He shepherded us with grace and humility

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February 18, 2013

Even when the one favoured to be elected the new pope prior to the conclave actually is elected, it is still a surprise. That’s how it was when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was chosen almost eight years ago. As often as not, however, the choice is a bolt out of the blue – Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli in 1958, Albino Luciani and Karol Wojtyla in 1978.

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A repentant soul welcomes Lent's springtime

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February 11, 2013

The repentance of Lent gives birth to the new life of Easter. Yet, repentance cannot occur without a sense of one's personal sin and guilt.

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Christianity must weave its fibre through all of life

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February 4, 2013

One characteristic of the modern world is the propensity to separate. We separate work from home, both of those from recreation, and the economy from the environment. More than anything, we separate faith from life. Faith, we are frequently told, can only be acceptable if kept in a private realm that touches nothing else.

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It took violence to drive faith out of public realm

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January 28, 2013

Pope Benedict, to his credit, repeatedly challenges the old canard that religious divisions are a primary source of societal violence. Most recently, the pope told diplomats accredited to the Holy See that true religion reconciles men and women with God.

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