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Theology Professor Sheds Light on ‘Les Mis’ Bishop (3238)

Despite Victor Hugo’s long-standing anti-clericalism, the French novelist endowed his character of Bishop Bienvenue with a noble and spiritually transformative spirit.

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CLEVELAND — In a recent op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Doris Donnelly drew attention to the clerical hero of Les Miserables — a character she says has been significantly “pared down” in the musical and film versions.

Although the pious Bishop Bienvenue is central to the plot of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables — which has recently been adapted into an Academy-Award nominated musical — his role is minimized outside the 19th-century novel.

Donnelly, a theology professor and head of the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University in Cleveland, said she decided to write the piece for The Wall Street Journal because “obviously, there would be no story without the bishop.”

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Polar Bear Padre, Pro-Adoption TV Ad a Big Hit, The Music Hidden Within the Words and Much More! (2046)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Peter Parsons of The Chronicle Herald

Polar Bear Padre. Click on the link by Zoe Saint-Paul of the Slow Mama blog to read more.

– Peter Parsons of The Chronicle Herald

Polar Bear Padre – Zoe Saint-Paul, Slow Mama

Pro-Adopt T. V. Advertisement Has Hundreds of Calls to Pro-Life Pregnancy Counselors – John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews

The Music Hidden Within the Words – David Mills, First Things/First Thoughts

The Next Frontier for Homosexualists Will Be the Legal Age Limit by Fr. ZBig Pulpit

Femininity and Acceptance - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal: Part 1 and Part 2 – Jeff Ostrowski, New Liturgical Movement

An Agnostic Prays for a Miracle and Converts – Stephen Ryan, Mystic Post

Have the Soho Masses Really Been Stopped? – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

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Out of Prison, But Not Alone: Women Get Help at Catholic Halfway House (3300)

San Francisco’s Catherine Center gives female parolees an opportunity to lay the foundation for a fulfilling future.

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Kristina Lopez, case manager for Catherine Center

SAN FRANCISCO — January is the time to make good on New Year’s resolutions, but that fresh start can prove elusive when you’re a job seeker with a felony on your record.

Monique, 28, is a personable young woman who says she plans “to finish college and find work helping troubled teens.” The problem is that, 10 months ago, she was doing time for a drug charge, and she’s still worried about staying out of trouble.

The predicament of finding a job following incarceration for a felony is all too familiar for Monique: Her parents were both drug addicts, and she witnessed their struggle to get clean, earn the right to get their kids back and begin again.

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Pope Names New Bishop for Las Cruces (849)

Bishop Oscar Cantú will serve as the New Mexico diocese’s second leader, succeeding Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service.

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Bishop Oscar Cantu

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Vatican has announced that Bishop Oscar Cantú will serve as the second leader of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., following the retirement of Bishop Ricardo Ramírez.

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the diocese’s first leader, who announced his retirement upon reaching the age limit in 2011, apostolic nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò announced Jan. 10.

In a statement Thursday, Bishop Ramirez called the appointment an “historic moment” for the diocese and recalled his more than three decades of service as “a labor of love.”

He expressed confidence in his successor’s “impeccable” credentials and said it was his “privilege and...READ MORE

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Catholic Bishops Warn of Islamic Law in Egypt's Constitution (2955)

Three Coptic Catholic bishops have said that Egypt's new constitution threatens human rights and imposes Islamic sharia law in many areas of the country.

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Three Coptic Catholic bishops have said that Egypt's new constitution threatens human rights and imposes Islamic sharia law in many areas of the country.

“We were waiting for a constitution that represents the whole of Egypt, but instead we have one that only represents one group of people,” Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, told the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.

He said the constitution “not only outlines the principles of Sharia, but describes in detail all of the values and opinions contained in the sharia. It will be terrible: Everything will be interpreted according to sharia.”

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Businesswoman Keeps Faith Amid Threats to Religious Freedom (2390)

Chicago woman combines business and faith.

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Mary Anne Yep. Co=founder and VP of TRIUNE Health Group

WASHINGTON D.C.—Facing challenges to religious freedom has helped one Catholic businesswoman grow in her convictions as she works to put her principles into practice.

“It has clarified and intensified so much of what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.

In a Jan. 9 interview with EWTN News, she explained that she was relieved and “filled with gratitude” to receive an initial court ruling protecting her company from the demands of the federal contraception mandate.

Yep helped found Triune Health Group in 1990, along with her husband, Christopher, who is the company’s president and CEO. The couple is among the dozens...READ MORE

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Religious Leaders Urged to Fight Global Persecution (1652)

In a letter to prominent Protestants and Catholics, Rep. Frank Wolf says ‘the West must speak out on behalf of the persecuted Church around the world.’

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Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va.

WASHINGTON — Religious leaders in America are being called upon by a U.S. congressman to advocate for those across the globe who are oppressed for their faith.

“We in the West must speak out on behalf of the persecuted Church around the world,” said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., in a Jan. 9 letter to nearly 300 Protestant and Catholic leaders.

“If the faith community in the West isn’t engaged, are we surprised when government leaders turn a blind eye to matters of religious freedom?” he asked.

A longtime advocate of religious liberty, Wolf authored the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998 and currently co-chairs the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
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New York City Cultural Event Will Explore Freedom’s Meaning (1555)

This month’s New York Encounter examines an idea that is both cherished and deeply divisive in American culture.

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Photo by Dino D'Agata, Courtesy of New York Encounter

An orchestral performance at the 2012 New York Encounter.

– Photo by Dino D'Agata, Courtesy of New York Encounter

NEW YORK — An organizer for the New York Encounter, a three-day cultural festival held in January, says this year’s theme of “Experiencing Freedom” is an idea both cherished and deeply divisive in American culture.

“What is it that defines this mysterious thing which we call freedom, which for us as believers is the ultimate reflection of the experience of God himself that’s been given to us as creatures?” reflected Maurizio Maniscalco, the event’s chairman.

“Freedom is the territory where not even God intervenes in our life,” which makes its experience a “pretty compelling thing,” he told Catholic News Agency in a Jan. 9 interview.

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