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Glen Argan

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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Pope Francis shows how to respond to God's presence

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June 10, 2013

In but a few days, it will have been three months since Pope Francis was elected to serve as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church or, as he prefers to be known, the bishop of Rome. Every day, it seems, brings new evidence of the wisdom of the College of Cardinals who, without in any way deprecating the holiness and wisdom of Pope Benedict XVI, chose a very different man to be the public face of Catholicism.

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Buy with good conscience, not low prices

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June 3, 2013

Movies about philosophers rarely rise above the spoof level of Monty Python's depiction of a soccer game between German and Greek philosophers (won by the Greeks when Archimedes decides to stop pondering and actually kick the ball).

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Human dignity is based on our relationship with God

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May 27, 2013

Christianity and secular liberalism both hold the enhancement of human dignity to be one of society's key goals. However, what those two traditions each mean by "human dignity" is quite different. To understand what is happening in today's society, it is helpful to explore those different meanings.

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Ordinary Time calls us to ponder mysteries found in daily life

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May 20, 2013

Our human desire is to project an aura of confidence, of success, of being in control. We want to know it all and to have others believe we know it all.

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Pentecost shows Spirit as the first agent of New Evangelization

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May 13, 2013

It is fitting that the conclusion of our five-year archdiocesan Nothing More Beautiful program falls close to Pentecost. For the New Evangelization to flow from Nothing More Beautiful, it must be the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Government, media close the door on House of Horrors

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May 6, 2013

There are many theories as to why the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is getting sparse media coverage. But it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the decades-long government cover-up of Gosnell's grotesque abortion clinic is being perpetuated by the media.

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Dialogue – a courageous journey that strengthens faith

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April 29, 2013

Anyone who spends much time reading the teachings of the Second Vatican Council cannot help but notice the repeated use of the word "dialogue." Catholics are called to dialogue with other Christians, non-Christians, atheists and the modern world. Dialogue is a feature that ought to exist, not only between Catholics and those outside the Church, but within the Church itself.

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True global Church requires strong dose of collegiality

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April 22, 2013

The election of Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has been hailed as a belated acknowledgement that the Roman Catholic Church is a global Church. But is it? Does the fact that the pope now hails from Argentina – and spent virtually his entire life in that country – mean the Church now has a more global outlook than under the papacies of those who came from Germany, Poland or Italy?

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Making universities job-training factories is short-sighted

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April 15, 2013

Education funding is an investment in the future – a future that can be highly unpredictable. So when the Alberta government asks universities across the province to produce "outcomes" largely oriented to developing the province's economy, it is walking on thin ice.

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