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Angels a testament to porous line between material, spiritual

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September 23, 2013

Our relationship with angels is one of the clearest signs of the mentality with which we live. At one time, everyone saw the world as shot through with mystery. The line between the material and the spiritual was porous and few questioned that God, the saints and angels frequently affected our lives and our world.

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Candidates needed for difficult, but noble art of politics

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September 16, 2013

Capable Catholics should not be reticent about becoming candidates in the civic elections held across Alberta Oct. 21. Serving in public office is one way lay Catholics can help to renew the "temporal order," the life and breath of society.

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Labour Day lament for the loss of creative workplaces

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September 9, 2013

The origins of Labour Day in Canada can be traced to an 1872 strike in Toronto in which striking typographers sought a 58-hour work week. The issues facing workers have altered drastically since then. It's not that exploitation has disappeared; it hasn't. However, urban economies have changed from industrial ones to those based on the knowledge and service industries.

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Quebec continues its long march to complete secularism

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September 2, 2013

The Quebec government, should it proceed with enshrining the secular character of the province into law with its Charter of Quebec Values, will be undermining the very nature of the society it wants to protect. Justice, peace, human rights and the rule of law all have their foundation in humanity's faithfulness to God and his divine will.

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Pope expounds mercy, not the whitewashing of sins

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August 26, 2013

Was Pope Francis washing away sin without repentance when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment on the flight to Rome from Brazil after World Youth Day? Surely not. This is a pope who frequently speaks like an Old Testament prophet calling all, especially those in the Church, to repentance. If he did not believe in an objective moral order, which fallible human beings frequently violate with our actions, he would not be a faithful Christian, let alone the pope.

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Women religious opened school doors to girl students

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July 22, 2013

One must stand in awe at the courageous witness of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by two Taliban men in October 2011 as she rode the bus home from school. Malala had the audacity to write a diary about her educational experiences and, more to the point, publish that diary on the BBC's Urdu network.

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Papal encyclical calls the faithful to new form of heroism

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July 15, 2013

With its focus on increased economic production and utilitarian thinking, the modern age has shuffled virtues such as heroism and courage into the back seat. The heroism we do honour tends to be more of the ephemeral variety - "Man rescues baby from burning house" - than a fixed feature of one's character.

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Troubling signs overshadow Canada Day celebrations

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July 1, 2013

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? It's the question Canadians need to ask on every Canada Day. Our country offers so much for which to be grateful – abundant freedom, an extremely high standard of living, a relatively strong social safety net and a desire of many to strengthen the common good.

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Pope Francis leads us by walking with the poor

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June 24, 2013

When Pope John Paul II first called for a New Evangelization 30 years ago, it did not rank high on the Richter scale. Over the ensuing years, he spoke increasingly of the need for new methods of bringing the Gospel to formerly Christian countries. He also called for greater zeal and new ways to express eternal truths.

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Christian conscience calls on us to raise voices on civic issues

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June 17, 2013

Already the drumbeats of the October civic election are thumping throughout the media. A new mayor for sure. And new councillors too, depending on retirements, resignations, being bounced out at the polls. Feeling the nudge of responsibility yet?

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