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New bill threatens vulnerable women, children, refugees

Joe Gunn

March 12, 2012

On Feb.16, the federal government announced new legislation that will change Canada's refugee determination system – and according to Church people who work directly with refugees – not for the better.

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When are blessings appropriate and who should give them?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 12, 2012

I found your article on blessings informative and timely (WCR, Feb. 6). I am trying to educate myself on the correct way of doing things. I see the priest blessing the children before they go to the children's liturgy. I see no mention of this in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM).

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Slaughtering newborn babies is still murder

Mark Pickup

March 12, 2012

In a recent column, I addressed the idea of Christian perinatal hospice (WCR, Feb. 27). It is a concept whereby parents facing a pregnancy involving a terminally ill unborn child are supported to carry their baby to term and prepare for their child's death.

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U. S. Church ignores teaching moment on contraception

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March 5, 2012

The Catholic Church in the United States is waging a valiant defence against a federal government plan to make all employee insurance benefit programs pay for contraceptives. The Church, led by the U.S. bishops, has argued that it would be a violation of the religious liberty to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives.

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Secularism blots out our reliance on supernatural forces

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 5, 2012

A friend of mine tells this story: As a young boy in the 1950s he was struck down with pneumonia. His family lived in a small town that had neither a hospital nor a doctor. His father had a job which had taken him away from the family for that week. His mother was home alone with no phone and no car.

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We want to know God, visualize him

Ralph Himsl

March 5, 2012
Third Sunday in Lent
March 11, 2011

I know a stop for a city dweller between Nobleford and Granum on secondary highway 519 in southern Alberta. Alberta has many such charming places because there on a moonless, cloudless night of light traffic away from sources of light pollution, a motorist can pull off the highway onto a side road, turn out the car headlights and stop the engine.

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Lent offers time to use God's gift of talents

Lasha Morningstar

March 5, 2012

Lent usually means giving up something. Chocolate, coffee, candy often head the list.

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Greece needs help, not more austerity

March 5, 2012
Here is an editorial titled “Austerity must have limits” by the editors of The Tablet, a London-based international Catholic weekly. It is dated Feb. 18.

Measured by the savagery of their effects on the very fabric of Greek society, the European Union’s present policies toward Greece demand to be called into question. Examining the economic logic behind those policies, however, leads to an even more alarming conclusion.

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Communion opens us up to the divine

Fr. Ayodele Ayeni CsSP

March 5, 2012

A young girl asked her mother: "Mom, where did human beings originate?" Her mother said, "My daughter, we are all descended from Adam and Eve; they were our first parents."

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The wonder of the sacraments

Bishop Donald Bolen

March 5, 2012

When I read the splendid quotation from Pope Benedict which inspired this series – that "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know him and to speak to others of our friendship with him" – my first thought was that I was there that day in St Peter's Square when Pope Benedict XVI delivered his inaugural homily. I was then working for the Holy See, at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

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