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  • Ontario bishops share concerns with pope, focus on euthanasia

    Ontario bishops share concerns with pope, focus on euthanasia

    During the ‘ad limina’ visit to the Vatican Canadian bishops had an opportunity to meet with the pope in a private and informal setting, discussing main issues and ideas. The bishops shared their concern on the euthanasia legislation in their country and praised the pope for his joke telling skills.

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  • Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Although Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt will be extremely brief, barely more than 24 hours in the country, it’s among the riskiest outings of his papacy. On multiple fronts, from security and politics to Christian/Muslim relations and ecumenism, Francis faces hard choices on the trip that amount to striking the right balance between equally undesirable outcomes.

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  • Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Will Francis follow Benedict or Obama when he speaks to Muslims in Egypt?

    Pope Francis must choose how he addresses the Muslim community when he visits Egypt this week. He has two models: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and former Pope Benedict XVI. When a newly-elected Obama decided to address the “Muslim world” from Cairo in 2009, he insisted that Islam is a “religion of peace,” corrupted by a small few, and that there is nothing particularly Islamic about the violence committed by those who claim to be acting in the name of the Islam. The alternative approach was taken by Benedict in his 2006 Regensburg address, where he advanced the argument that how we understand God Himself determines how we understand what He might command.

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