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Memories of Archbishop Bergoglio (5013)

An exclusive Register interview with Buenos Aires journalist Jorge Rouillon.

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Jorge Rouillon

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Jorge Rouillon is a veteran Buenos Aires journalist who became acquainted with Pope Francis when the Pope served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998-2013.

Rouillon has the distinction of being among the many people for whom the future pope has prayed for personally, after he mentioned to Archbishop Bergoglio that he was awaiting the results of medical tests for possible prostate cancer. Doctors subsequently gave Rouillon a clean bill of health, but not knowing this to be the case, the archbishop continued to pray for the journalist for several weeks afterward.

In this interview with Register correspondent Father Fernando Mignone, Rouillon shares memories of that incident and of other...READ MORE

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Iraqi Patriarch Asks for Prayer, Fasting That Christians Remain (2982)

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon has asked Christians all over the world to offer prayer and sacrifices for the Christians of the Middle East throughout Lent.

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Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako

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ROME — Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.”

“Our Christian identity has had profound roots in the history and geography of Iraq for 2,000 years,” Patriarch Sako said, according to the Fides news agency. “Our roots and our clear sources are found in our country, and if we leave, we would be separated from our roots.”

Christians in Iraq need to “persevere and wait” and avoid listening “to those who instill fear” and those who, “in different ways, invite or encourage Iraqi Christians to abandon their country,” he said.


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Was Arizona’s Religious-Freedom Bill ‘Anti-Gay’? (7164)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill, which opponents claimed allowed discrimination against homosexual persons, but a group of top constitutional scholars said it did no such thing.

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PHOENIX — Amid a blizzard of attacks and boycott threats, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed an amendment to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that was criticized as “anti-gay.”

Brewer, a Republican, vetoed the bill on Feb. 26 after her office had received thousands of phone calls registering both support and opposition, as well as pleas from state business groups.

The National Football League also hinted that if the bill passed it would consider finding a different location for next year’s Super Bowl, which is scheduled to take place in Glendale, Ariz.

Homosexual-rights activists and their allies hailed Brewer’s action as a victory for their cause and for civil rights for...READ MORE

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Jesus Returns to the Big Screen in ‘Son of God’ (14552)

History Channel miniseries spins off feature film, which opens in theaters today.

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The producers behind Son of God are attempting something that hasn’t been tried for years, even decades — and I’m not just referring to the fact that their film is an explicitly Christian adaptation of the Gospels that is getting a wide release from a major distributor.

Son of God is adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, which got huge ratings last year and has since become one of the bestselling TV-based DVDs ever — so this film may mark the first time since the rise of home video that filmmakers have repackaged a TV show for the big screen and asked an audience to pay to see it all over again.

Son of God does include a few minutes of new footage, and it moves some...READ MORE

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Pope to Mother of Train-Crash Victim: I Weep for You (2605)

The Holy Father sent a letter of condolence to the mother of a victim who died in a horrific 2012 train crash in Buenos Aires.

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BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis sent a letter offering his continued condolences to the mother of one of the victims of a 2012 Argentina train crash that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more.

According to the Argentina Catholic Information Agency (AICA), the letter was read during a recent ceremony at the station where the accident occurred, marking the anniversary of the tragedy.

The accident took place Feb. 22, 2012, when the brakes failed on a train arriving at a Buenos Aires train station, causing it to crash into the platform.

The eight-car train was carrying more than 1,200 passengers. Fifty-two people died, and 702 were injured in the accident.

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Pope: Inconsistency of Actions Causes Church Scandal (4709)

In his daily homily, the Holy Father emphasizes that a faithful person ‘thinks like a Christian, feels like a Christian and acts like a Christian.’

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily Feb. 27, Pope Francis spoke of the harm done when Christians don’t practice what they preach, noting that this incoherence leads others away from the Church and often brings scandal.

“When there is no Christian coherency, and you live with this incoherence, you’re giving scandal. And the Christians that are not coherent are giving scandal,” the Pope said at Mass.

Speaking to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father began his reflections by drawing attention to a person to whom he administered the sacrament of confirmation during the Mass, observing that they had “manifested the desire to be a Christian.”


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Judge Strikes Down Texas’ Marriage Definition Amid Criticism (2757)

Gov. Rick Perry responds that the decision ‘is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box.’

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AUSTIN, Texas — The state of Texas is appealing a ruling from a federal judge that could impose same-sex “marriage” in the state, as supporters of Texas’ marriage amendment argue that the ruling violates the rights of the state and its citizens.

“We’ve seen a rash of these rulings in recent weeks, all making the same errors about binding Supreme Court precedents relevant to marriage and all issued by activist judges bound and determined to redefine marriage in defiance of thousands of years of human experience,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said Feb. 26.

The statute does not prohibit private ceremonies, but recognizes marriage as a union of a man and a...READ MORE

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Formerly Troubled Basketball Player Now Thriving on God’s Team (9075)

Florida priest Father Richard Pagano finds joy in conversion and evangelization.

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Father Richard Pagano

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At one time, Father Richard Pagano believed lasting happiness was to be found playing basketball. The point guard, who played hoops at a New Jersey community college, thought running down the court, escaping defenders and maneuvering past a much taller center for a finger-roll basket was the greatest thrill in life.

Many knee injuries later, Father Pagano started to see things differently. He gave up his desire for worldly glory and replaced it with one for God’s glory. After his dramatic conversion, he discerned a call to the priesthood and entered St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., in 2008. He was ordained on May 18, 2013, at the historic Cathedral-Basilica of...READ MORE

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