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“The Catholic Church is the Whore of Babylon.” Oh brother, he didn’t just go there, I thought. I had heard a Catholic apologist tell a similar story about a radio preacher making the same claim. And now, a Baptist pastor was saying the same thing to me. “I don’t want to believe that,” he continued, assuring me, “but I have no reason to believe otherwise.” Fortunately, after hearing a reasonable response, he changed his mind - unfortunately, reasonable responses don’t always satisfy people. People are used to being their own pope, deciding who is an adequate teacher/author and who isn’t....

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“They are but food for us” Numbers 13 Fifteen years ago these words brought my family and me the courage we needed to make a decision, one that would have a significant impact on us for the rest of our lives. In the spring of 1996 Archbishop Gervais, then the Archbishop of Ottawa, invited CCO to come to his diocese. In April, two of us flew to Ottawa to meet the Bishop and visit the Carleton campus. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, stepping on a multicultural campus like Carleton, was an overwhelming experience to say the least. I felt so...

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“Sloppy Joes! Sloppy Joes!” was being chanted loudly by the kids as I brought out the white Ikea plate on which was enthroned a simple piece of bread, topped with the chunky, meaty sauce from last night’s spaghetti. I recently heard the Bible verse, “Man does not live by bread alone” (Deut. 8:3; Matt 4:4, RSV). It makes me think of Sloppy Joes. You take a miserable, little piece of crusty bread and add to it some divinely flavored meat sauce and... voila! Sloppy Joes! The bread is not alone anymore. On May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the...

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This summer has been all about change for me - graduating from university, moving to a new city, starting a new job, and just finding myself in a whole new environment. This was the perfect opportunity for a fresh start to my faith life. The last few months of university were certainly the most challenging months of my life. I found myself scrambling around for time to devote to my faith life and I felt trapped in a negative drama-filled environment that was just killing my faith. I was hurting deeply on the inside. It was at this moment when...

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By Jeff Graham “Thank you Lord for life!" This is a common opening for prayers from Catholic Ugandan students, according to CCO staffer Ben Turland. Turland was part of a CCO delegation that headed to Uganda to help with continuing efforts to train students in evangelization and leadership development. CCO has been visiting the African country since 2010. CCO founder Andre Regnier has visited at least six times personally. According to Turland, the trips have born tremendous fruit. "We have a presence at seven out of 21 campuses in Uganda," he glowed, further explaining that the future leaders of the...

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