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Mob Burns Christian Slum in Pakistan (3757)

Minister calls it ‘the worst example of barbarism.’

03/26/2013 Comments (4)

A member of a fundamentalist Muslim mob heaves a cross atop a pyre during the attack on a Christian slum outside of Lahore, Pakistan.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Like so many tragic incidents, it started with two alcohol-soaked young men getting into an argument. It ended with 250 homeless families.

On March 6, in a northern suburb of Lahore, Pakistan, 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker Sawan Masih visited Muslim childhood friend Shahid Imran’s barbershop.

Although Pakistan is officially a dry country, one can easily procure spirits there, and it was liquor that fueled the aforementioned squabble. It ended with Imran accusing Masih of blasphemy against Islam.

This is a particularly loaded charge in a nation where no proof is needed to bring charges, where a guilty verdict brings a death sentence, and where mere...READ MORE

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Speaking of Two Popes, JP2 and B16 Were Right; Marriage: Why I Never Bad-Mouth My Man and More! (2838)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/26/2013 Comment

Speaking of Two Popes, It Seems John Paul II and Benedict XVI Were Right. Follow the link via Rorate Cæli to read more.

Speaking of Two Popes, It Seems John Paul II and Benedict XVI Were Right via Rorate Cæli - Big Pulpit

Marriage: Why I Never Bad-Mouth My Knight – Ebeth Weidner, Catholic Lane

The Homicide of Terri Schindler-Schiavo – Debi Vinnedge, Catholic Stand

The Poverty Thing – David Warren, The Catholic Thing

This Modern Love – J. R. Baldwin, Ignitum Today

Eight Points if Christ had Acquired, Infused, or Beatific Knowledge – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Same-Sex 'Marriage' - Big Pulpit

Thinking Clearly About Drones – Robert T. Miller, First Things/On the Square

Did Jesus Rides Two and One Animals on Palm Sunday; Surprising Symbolism –...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone Leads D.C. Marriage March in Prayer (3237)

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments that challenge California’s Proposition 8, a state measure recognizing marriage as existing solely between a man and a woman.

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March for Marriage participants carry a banner in Washington on March 26.

– Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco led those participating in the March for Marriage in prayer today, as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the first of two cases about same-sex "marriage."

“It is truly inspiring to know that so many people from so many walks of life, including many young people, are expressing their support for marriage,” he said of the march.

March 26 is the first day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry. The lawsuit challenges California’s Proposition 8, a state measure recognizing marriage as existing solely between a man and a woman.


Hollingsworth v. Perry is one of two cases on same-sex...READ MORE

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Two Books by Pope Francis Due to Be Published in Italian (2532)

English-language book by Pope Francis is due to be published in May.

03/26/2013 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Two books written by Pope Francis while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires are available in Italian as of March 26, according to the Vatican.

Both texts were written in Spanish in 2006. They are titled Humility, the Road Towards God, and Recovering From Corruption — also called Corruption and Sin: Some Thoughts on Corruption.

Both draw upon Jesuit spirituality, offering solutions for the corruption of society based on the wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Among the solutions offered by Pope Francis is the need for an ecclesial life characterized by fraternal charity.

Corruption and Sin examines corruption in Argentina...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Undaunted After HHS Suit Dismissed (2955)

U.S. district judge dismissed the case on March 22 on the grounds it lacked standing.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Although a judge has dismissed Franciscan University of Steubenville’s lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, the Catholic college says it will continue to fight for its religious liberty.

“We will not stop fighting this unjust mandate, this unjust attack on our first freedoms,” said Michael Hernon, vice president of advancement at Franciscan University. “As a university, we believe this goes right to the heart of who we are as a Catholic institution. We cannot and will not back down.”

Hernon told Catholic News Agency that the university finds it “repugnant” to follow new federal regulations requiring that its health-care plan provide employees access...READ MORE

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Pope App Tops iTunes Charts (5836)

Social media is a powerful means to reach out to both Catholics and non-Catholics.

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DENVER, Colo. — A Vatican-sponsored news application for smartphones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts in the iTunes store, reflecting a spike in interest in the papacy and newly elected Pope Francis.

In the last week, The Pope App is the most downloaded news app for the iPhone in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Poland, Chile, Mexico, Portugal and Pope Francis’ home country of Argentina.

It is the second most downloaded news app in France and Germany and the third most downloaded in Germany. The app also ranks in the top 10 in eight other countries, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said.

The Pope App is managed by the pontifical...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl Recalls Benedict’s Resignation and Pope Francis’ Election (5383)

In an exclusive Register interview, the archbishop of Washington discusses an unprecedented month in the life of the Church.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington learned that Pope Benedict XVI would resign, like every other Catholic in the world, he found himself thrust into an unprecedented period in Church history.

But it was especially novel for Cardinal Wuerl, who, for the first time, made his way to Rome to join with the Church’s other 114 cardinal electors in preparing for the conclave and then retreating together into the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope.

During a conversation with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Cardinal Wuerl recalled those tumultuous weeks and discussed strategies that might be employed to limit the Pope’s foreign travel and address some of the...READ MORE

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Famous Anti-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis, Fast and Pray for March for Marriage and Much More! (5573)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/26/2013 Comment

Famous Ant-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis. Follow the link by Giorgio Bernardelli to read more.

Famous Ant-Catholic Won Over by Pope Francis by Giorgio Bernardelli - Big Pulpit

Reminder: Fast and Pray for Today’s March For Marriage – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Best Punditry, Analysis and News on Same-Sex 'Marriage' - Big Pulpit

Viri Selecti: Who Can Have Their Feet Washed? – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Student Refuses to Stomp on Jesus, Punished – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Prominent Muslim Convert, Magdi Allam, Leaves the Church – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Meet the Darlings of Class Action Lawsuits – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Is Magdi Allam Still a Catholic? – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of Law

Why Forgive? – Amanda...READ MORE

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