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March 12, 2012

The leaders of the Arab Spring movement have found it easier to destroy a dictatorship than to build a democracy. That insight comes from Rashid Ghannushi, an intellectual leader in Tunisia, the north African country where the Arab Spring began a year ago.

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Ten ways to understand the salvation of non-Christians

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 12, 2012

As Christians we are asked to carry a tension in terms of how we understand the salvation of non-Christians. We have two seemingly conflicting teachings within our Scriptures and our tradition.

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Media hype distorts humanity's story

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 12, 2012
Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 18, 2012

Every morning, even before I grab the first of many cups of coffee, my sleepy feet take me to the computer room for the world news. I check out the European, African and Asian news on the BBC and various Polish news agencies first.

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Stop talking about evangelization: Do it!

Fr. Robert Barron

March 12, 2012

As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We're heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the new evangelization as it is actually practised.

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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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Pope grateful for story of light at end of tunnel

March 12, 2012

When life feels like a dark and silent tunnel, faith gives a Christian light and music, Pope Benedict said at the end of his weeklong Lenten retreat.

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Vatican Secret Archives marks 400th anniversary

March 12, 2012

Working with the city of Rome, the Vatican Secret Archives is celebrating its 400th anniversary with an exhibit designed to shed light not only on its holdings, but on some of the myth and mystery surrounding its collection of millions of documents.

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Researcher: Pastors should focus on church suppers

March 12, 2012

Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: “Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers.”

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