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Canada's bishop thank pope for his 'unfailing support'

March 4, 2013
(Following is the text of Archbishop Richard Smith's letter to Pope Benedict on Feb. 11, responding to the news of his resignation.)

The bishops of Canada received this morning the news of your intention to resign the ministry of bishop of Rome. We and the faithful of Canada have grown to love and admire you, and so are marked today with sadness at your impending departure from your role as supreme pontiff. At the same time, we are full of gratitude to God for the wondrous blessings that have been ours because of your extraordinary leadership.

Benedict's resignation will change the papacy forever

Fr. Raymond de Souza

March 4, 2013

Pope Benedict's renunciation of the See of Peter has occasioned much commentary about how rare a papal resignation is. Many have said that it has been 600 years or 700 years, depending on how one counts.

Should Jesus be seen as a Jewish prophet?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 4, 2013

Is it right for Christians to consider Jesus simply a Jewish prophet and teacher?

Figures of speech can symbolize our personal turnings toward Jesus

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

March 4, 2013

When I was asked to find a title for this column I eventually settled on Figure of Speech. I did so because my own writing practice, especially for reflective pieces, often draws on rhetorical structures that I then meditate upon and develop.

12 Articles of the Creed: Week THREE

March 4, 2013

Do I Believe Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary?

Angels are ever-present

Lasha Morningstar

March 4, 2013

A frantic time of life. Work in Toronto's hyper-competitive media world. Then grab a bus to Barrie (93 km north) at night.

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.

Jesus calls us to greater concern for Christian unity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 25, 2013

While saying farewell the night before he died, Jesus told those with him that he "had other sheep that are not of this fold" and that those with him at that moment were not his only followers. Importantly, he also said he longed for unity with those others just as deeply as he longed for unity with those in the room with him.

In the desert, we come face to face with our vulnerability

John Connelly

February 25, 2013
Third Sunday in Lent
March 3, 2013

Imagine you are stranded alone in a desert with nothing but sand stretching for hundreds of miles. Would you choose to trust God or would fear get the upper hand?

Disability forces one to cross a river of grief

Mark Pickup

February 25, 2013

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family has asked me to speak to a seminar it is sponsoring in Ottawa next month. The topic I am to address is "I am more than my handicap." That is true.

 
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