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Harper assumes leadership role in aboriginal relations

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January 21, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen's Harper declaration that he will take a leading role in managing the relationship between the federal government and Canada's aboriginal people is the best news that could have come from his Jan. 11 meeting with native leaders.

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Global South will have impact on 21st-century Church

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January 14, 2013

Journalists typically cope with the slow news season at Christmas and New Year's by engaging in a wrap-up of the year-that-was and predictions for the year-to-come. The first task is journalistically safe, while the latter is an adventure, one almost certain to go awry in its details.

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Human rights come before gun ownership

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December 24, 2012

It is long past the point when one can describe the abundance of mass murders – 31 school shootings since the Columbine massacre in 1999 – in the United States as a sign of the decay of Western civilization. It is that, but the psychological destruction of the person in a technological society and the decline in morality is not limited to the U.S.

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Word made Flesh overcomes secularism with power of grace

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December 17, 2012

We have reached the point in Western society where it needs to be asked whether we still celebrate Christmas. That is, is it Christmas – the revolution of the Word made Flesh – we celebrate or has a Bacchanalian, consumerist ritual taken over?

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Ambassador for religious freedom to protect sacred right

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December 10, 2012

The Catholic Church holds the right to religious freedom in the highest regard. This right is not just one more among what appears to be an ever-growing list of rights, but rather is the most fundamental of all freedoms. That is because the right to religious liberty is grounded in the nature of the human person as a being radically oriented toward the transcendent. The denial of the right to religious freedom is an assault on the dignity of the person.

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Cathedral Vespers light the lamp of liturgical prayer

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December 3, 2012

Now in its fifth year, Nothing More Beautiful at St. Joseph's Basilica is organized around a catechetical talk and a witness talk on a particular theme. The setting for those talks is the celebration of Cathedral Vespers.

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Papal teaching wins support from unexpected source

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November 26, 2012

When Catholics praise Pope Benedict, it is not surprising. But when the pope wins applause from a group of Italian Marxist academics, one has to ask what is happening.

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Dialogue of faith and science can lead way to human dignity

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November 19, 2012

Simply put, faith and science are two basic forms of knowledge available to human beings and there is no contradiction between them. Science aims to know physical beings; faith strives to know spiritual beings – all that transcends nature and is not visible. The human person is the one being that is both spiritual and physical and so is an object of both faith and science.

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Sacraments are moments when we encounter Christ

November 19, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As the years go by, it gets increasingly difficult to detect without research some of the shifts in thinking that occur in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. They have been part of us for so long and, indeed, a majority of today's Catholics have no recollection of the Church prior to the council.

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Christians walk hand and hand with the Jews

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November 12, 2012

The fathers of the Second Vatican Council were prescient in their decision to write a document on the Church's relation to non-Christian religions (Nostra Aetate). The trends of mass immigration and the expansion of mass communications were likely not foreseeable 50 years ago, and they have brought Christians in many parts of the Western world into close contact with people of other faiths.

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