Is there room for Christians in the Middle East?

My colleague at CNEWA, Michael J.L. La Civita looked at that question in a speech this weekend: Is there a future for Christians — indeed for any minority — in this new Middle East? What role will religion play, especially Islam, in governing these peoples? And, is Islam compatible with the so-called democratic aspirations expressed [Read More…]

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“Defender of the Faiths”?

An interesting detail from this report by Religion News Service, on one of the titles bestowed on the royal monarch: At her coronation in 1953, Elizabeth swore to “uphold the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel, maintain the Protestant reformed religion established by law and reserve the settlement of the Church [Read More…]

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“Please write”: a correspondence 40 years in the making

This has all the makings of a Hallmark channel movie-of-the-week.  From the Los Angeles Times: It was the summer of ’72 when 13-year-old Tim Taylor reached the summit in the Sierra Nevada outback. Inspired, he wrote a note — “please write” — and tucked it into a metal film canister that he left on the 12,000-foot peak. [Read More…]

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Arabic to become part of papal audience

This is huge.  Not too long ago, it would have been unthinkable. From the Vatican news site:  Beginning on Wednesday 10 October, during the Holy Father’s weekly general audience, an Arabic speaker will join the other speakers who provide a summary of the papal catechises in various different languages. In this way, in the wake [Read More…]

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Christianity’s newest spokesman? Tom Hanks

It’s happening in Russia.  Details, from the Hollywood Reporter:  Tom Hanks is to appear on posters promoting Orthodox Christianity in Russia and neighboring states alongside prominent local cultural and sports figures. The Russian Orthodox youth movement Soboryane said it is launching a massive poster campaign during a missionary event entitled “My Pravoslavnye” (“We Are Orthodox [Read More…]

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Pioneer: first African-American priest to study at North American College dies

What a remarkable life. Details, from the News & Observer in North Carolina: The son of an Episcopalian minister, there were many ways Monsignor Thomas Hadden could have chosen to stand apart from his family, but his father did not protest when 12-year-old Hadden decided to convert to Catholicism. “He was very determined,” said Monsignor [Read More…]

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One mayor’s solution to homelessness: shut down soup kitchens

So, the way to deal with rebellious children is to threaten them with the death penalty, and the way to deal with homelessness is to get rid of charities.  The world has officially lost its collective mind. Details: Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever has asked the city [Read More…]

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“A tribute to my brother priests…”

This comes from the blog of the new bishop of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland.  And it’s a keeper: If you read this and you’re not a priest, please pass it on to all the priests you know.  If you are a priest, please receive it as a small expression of thanks for all you do [Read More…]

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Great moments in democracy: candidate for state office endorses death penalty for “rebellious children”

Seriously. What next? Eating them? Details, from the Arkansas Times: Remember former Republican legislator Charlie Fuqua, running again for legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party and U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, among others? We’ve mentioned some excerpts from his book, “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution.” I have more for [Read More…]

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Geek heaven: check out this great marching band tribute to video games

H/T to Elizabeth Scalia for this one. From Deadspin.com:  Ohio State smoked Nebraska 63-38 yesterday before 106,102 fans, which is apparently an Ohio Stadium record. The fans who stayed in their seats for the halftime show were treated to a medley of old-and-new-school video game themes and characters. Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Tetris and Halo [Read More…]

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How can you be a better Catholic blogger?

Well, just ask some folks who do it — and TJ Burdick did.  The results have now been published in a nifty little e-book called “One Body, Many Blogs,” available at Amazon at this link. As the publisher explains: One Body, Many Blogs is a collection of answers from some of the giants of the [Read More…]

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Scientists win Nobel Prize for adult stem cell research

This is a pretty big deal—and a shot in the arm for the pro-life cause: John B. Gurdon of the U.K. and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in so-called cellular reprogramming, which has unleashed a wave of advances in everything from cloning to the [Read More…]

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What does the Catholic Church teach about end of life care?

New York Times columnist Bill Keller might want to take a refresher course. In today’s paper, he describes the recent death of his father-in-law from cancer at the age of 80: When they told my father-in-law the hospital had done all it could, that was not, in the strictest sense, true. There was nothing the [Read More…]

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Ringing in the “Year of Faith”

Parishes and schools are being encouraged to mark the special year that begins on Thursday by making a joyful noise: Churches around the country will ring their bells at noon to mark the beginning of the Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict XVI. A joint project of the Cincinnati-base Verdin Co., the Son [Read More…]

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Surprise hit of the new TV season? “American Bible Challenge”

The unique new game show has struck a chord with viewers, according to Catholic News Service: The “American Bible Challenge” has been watched by more than 2 million people in the United States every Thursday night since its debut Aug. 23, making it the most successful show in Game Show Network in history. And to [Read More…]

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A prayer for the New Orleans Saints

Will this help? Here is part of the prayer composed for NOLA.com and the New Orleans Saints by Fr. Tony Ricard Director of Campus Ministry, St. Augustine High School, and New Orleans Saints Catholic team chaplain: God of All Grace, on this sacred day, the Who Dat Nation comes before you giving all honor and [Read More…]

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Lifelines: the police who work to save jumpers in New York

It has to be one of the toughest jobs in the world—and for some souls, what these police do is literally a Godsend. A rare look into the work of the men who try to rescue suicide jumpers, from the New York Times: On a concrete ledge off the upper deck of the George Washington [Read More…]

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Russian Orthodox demand Apple change its famous logo to a cross

Good luck with that. Details, from the Christian Post: Christians from Russia’s Orthodox community are demanding that the country’s Apple division remove the famous half-bitten apple logo from its products and replace it with a cross, because they find the apple image offensive to their beliefs. In popular culture, an apple is often used to [Read More…]

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