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Church's history gives faith context, lets us go forward

Mary Ward

May 21, 2012
INDRE CUPLINSKAS
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The Church's past confronted me in a very real way the first time I went into a medieval cathedral. Just out of high school, I travelled to Europe and can still vividly recall my first Mass in the gothic cathedral in the town of Freiburg-im-Breisgau on the edge of the Black Forest.

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Black's voice gives credibility to prisoners' real needs

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May 14, 2012

While some maintain that convicted felon and former media mogul Conrad Black got a sweetheart deal from the Canadian government in being allowed back into the country, all we can say is, "Welcome home, Conrad."

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Babies have a power to transform that even the mighty lack

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 14, 2012

There are different kinds of power and different kinds of authority. There is military power, muscle power, political power, economic power, moral power, charismatic power and psychological power, among other things.

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Jesus' Ascension confirms our belief in him.

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 14, 2012
Ascension of the Lord
May 20, 2012

The Ascension, understood in terms of human chronology and human understanding, ends the story of Jesus' life on earth, that life which begins with the joy of Nativity. How far we have travelled from the innocence of the crib, the angels and the shepherds singing together.

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Organize, rally, fight for CCODP funding

Joe Gunn

May 14, 2012

Ouch! The federal cuts to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, the official international development agency of the Catholic Church in our country, really hurt.

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Caritas reform has major implications for life of the Church

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 14, 2012

Much of the recent news from Rome deals with matters that, though important, will have minimal effect on the life of the Church as a whole.

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Science proves life begins at conception

Mark Pickup

May 14, 2012

Some topics keep coming up for discussion. Irrefutable evidence can be presented to settle the issue but it may not be what people want to hear. They may ignore the evidence or decry it.

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Scrutiny of U.S. nuns opens door to future renewal

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May 7, 2012

The time immediately following the Second Vatican Council is often presented as one of great renewal in the Church. However, that impression is one-sided. While there was much change and renewal in the period right after the council, council teachings were often half-digested and there was much confusion.

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Heaven – a communion of saints alive with wit, colour, rollicking tales

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 7, 2012

In his autobiography Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story behind his famous book, Zorba the Greek. Zorba is partially fiction, partly history.

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Heroes blossom throughout the centuries

Ralph Himsl

May 7, 2012
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2011

Today's Gospel finds us in a time of intense teaching by Jesus. It must have left the Apostles agape with wonder. In the few lines before today's Gospel reading, John tells us that Jesus has just explained his relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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