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Pope's new book calls us to know and love Jesus

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March 21, 2011

In the Foreword to the new volume of his book Jesus of Nazareth, Joseph Ratzinger says he wants to lead his readers to both a personal encounter with Jesus and to "sure knowledge of the real historical figure of Jesus." The two goals are compatible, a fact that Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) has long striven to articulate and defend. It is possible to both know and love Jesus.

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New Evangelization a powerful idea that's not going away

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March 14, 2011

It is now nearly 30 years since Pope John Paul II first uttered the words "new evangelization" in a speech to the Latin American bishops in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. If the new evangelization has not yet hit your local parish in a big way — it probably hasn't — don't expect that the idea will go away. Major change in the Church takes time.

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Lent lets us give up so we can be more

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March 7, 2011

Lent, as is often noted, is the Old English word for spring. This year, with Ash Wednesday abnormally late on March 9, the beginning of Lent is that much closer to the official start of spring. Already, even if the weather is not spring-like, the sun is more in evidence and the end of winter's blasts are in sight. more . . .

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KAIROS does ‘not’ deserve such duplicitous treatment

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February 28, 2011

Perhaps the only way the work done by KAIROS, the Canadian ecumenical social action coalition, would receive much public attention would be for it to be the subject of a federal political controversy. The organization has worked in relative obscurity for decades despite significant funding from the Catholic bishops and religious orders, mainline Protestant churches and the federal government. more . . .

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Here’s the choice: Follow the Gospel or buy into materialism

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February 21, 2011

Parents of students in Edmonton Catholic Schools will now have to decide what is the best vision for the education of their children. Do they favour an education that follows the Gospel or do they want a school system dedicated to providing the latest and greatest technology? The overdue decision to end casino fundraising has forced this issue. more . . .

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Democracy is good, respect for human dignity is better

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February 14, 2011

The world should rejoice if the protests in Egypt lead to the establishment of democracy. The hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Tahrir Square say this is what they want. They want free and fair elections, the rule of law, enforceable human rights and independent courts. Despite its weaknesses, democracy is much closer to the will of the people than is the arbitrary will of a dictator. more . . .

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Stelmach's demise exemplifies lack of respect for politicians

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February 7, 2011

Premier Ed Stelmach's announcement of his decision not to seek re-election was an action typical of the man — to achieve what he believed is right, he sacrificed himself. Stelmach wanted the upcoming budget to meet infrastructure needs and provide jobs for Albertans. He would not accept fiscal masochism obsessed with the bottom line. In the odd logic of that political moment, Stelmach saw that the only way he could get the budget through his caucus was to resign. more . . .

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‘Random’ acts of violence occur in a social context

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January 31, 2011

It's just not good enough to say the sole responsibility for the Jan. 9 Arizona massacre rests on one individual. But neither is it fair to use the massacre as an excuse for a witch hunt against every outspoken conservative. more . . .

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John Paul II’s beatification recognizes what we already knew

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January 24, 2011

No sooner had Pope John Paul II died than some began to refer to him as John Paul the Great. That was a verdict on his papacy more than on the man. Such a verdict, however, cannot be delivered so quickly. It will take decades, at least, to judge the lasting effects of the unquestionably potent papacy of the first Polish pope. more . . .

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Assisi gathering offers united religious witness for world peace

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January 17, 2011

Pope Benedict's announcement at New Year's that he will travel to Assisi, Italy, in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's meeting there with leaders of other faiths has not so far drawn much comment. more . . .

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