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God Values Religious Freedom — Do We? (8470)

As religious liberty loses ground at home and abroad, scholars rally support for an embattled freedom.

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WASHINGTON — When the Berlin Wall fell, Church leaders anticipated a new springtime for religious liberty. But this fundamental right is under attack at home and abroad, prompting a slew of scholarly initiatives designed to educate the public and build support for the “first freedom.”

This month, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an 18-year ecumenical initiative designed to identify common theological beliefs and forge joint public witness, published “In Defense of Religious Freedom” in the March issue of First Things, the influential journal of religion and public affairs.

Meanwhile, academic forums like the Berkley Center’s Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University draw...READ MORE

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Pope to U.S. Bishops: Teach Youth About Catholic Vision of Love (3857)

Holy Father outlined the roots of the 'contemporary crisis of marriage and the family' to the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota March 9. Also on that day, he connected the New Evangelization and confession.

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In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic, Catholic vision of sex and love.

“The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these, in fact, constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young,” he said March 9.

The Pope was addressing the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. They are currently in Rome as part of their ad limina visit, which involves discussing the health of their dioceses with Pope Benedict and various Vatican departments, as well as making a pilgrimage...READ MORE

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Why the Marian Doctrines Matter, Culture and "Cultus", Anglican Catholics, and much more! (3682)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why the Marian Doctrines Matter. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read and learn more.

Why the Marian Doctrines Matter - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Culture and “Cultus” - Peter Kwasniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-and-Poets

Anglican Catholics & the Experience of the Ordinariate - Alessandro Speciale, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Infanticide and “Madness” - Robert P. George JD MTS DPhil, Mirror of Justice

Six Things the U.S. Bishops Must Do Now - Michael Uhlmann, The Catholic Thing

Queer Taxonomy - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

How Content Marketing Can Re-Write the Sex Abuse Narrative - New Media Catholic

The Church in Crisis: The French Revolution - Kenneth D. Whitehead, New Oxford Review

Under Pain of Death, Everyone Was to Sacrifice to the Gods & Obtain a...READ MORE

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Pakistan Remembers Shahbaz Bhatti on First Anniversary of Assassination (2552)

Former minister for minorities, a Catholic who knew his life was in danger, is recalled as a martyr.

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Christians are a micro-minority in Muslim Pakistan. But the first anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s death has evoked unprecedented interest in the martyr.

Bhatti, a Catholic who served as federal minister for religious minorities, was assassinated on March 2, 2011, for opposing the country’s draconian blasphemy law. Apart from candlelight vigils by secular action groups and memorial services in churches across Pakistan, members in the Pakistani government also have become admirers of Bhatti, who was ambushed and sprayed with bullets in his car in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari hailed Bhatti’s contribution and legacy at a March 6 memorial...READ MORE

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Mission, Ministry and 'The Journey Home' (2815)

March 11 issue In Person interview with EWTN's Marcus Grodi.

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In 1992, Marcus Grodi, a former Presbyterian minister, was received into the Catholic Church. Not long afterwards, he founded The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork) to help non-Catholic clergy and others come home to the Church.

For the last 15 years, Grodi has also served as host of EWTN’s popular show The Journey Home and for five years the Deep in Scripture radio program. The Register’s Dan Burke caught up with him in his Zanesville, Ohio, office recently to discuss his mission, ministry and the impact of the show.



What was the tipping point of your conversion to Catholicism?


It didn’t really happen in a particular moment; it was more a process of discovery. Various things...READ MORE

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Bishop Aquila Obtains Papal Approval for Changing Order of Sacraments (8152)

'I was very surprised in what the Pope said to me, in terms of how happy he was that the sacraments of initiation have been restored to their proper order of baptism, confirmation then first Eucharist,' said Bishop Aquila, after meeting Pope Benedict on March 8.

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Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have firsthand papal approval for changing the order by which children in his diocese receive the sacraments.

“I was very surprised in what the Pope said to me, in terms of how happy he was that the sacraments of initiation have been restored to their proper order of baptism, confirmation then first Eucharist,” said Bishop Aquila, after meeting Pope Benedict on March 8.

Bishop Aquila was one of five bishops from North and South Dakota to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican as part of their March 5-10 ad limina visit to the Rome.

Over the past seven years, the Diocese of Fargo has changed the typical order of the sacraments of...READ MORE

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Bishop Mark Davies Speaks on Hell and Makes Headlines, Smashing Icons, God and Modernity, and more! (4574)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bishop Mark Davies Speaks on Hell; Makes Headlines. Click on the link by William Oddie to read more.

Bishop Mark Davies Speaks on Hell; Makes Headlines - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Smashing Icons - Fr. Stephen, Glory to God for All Things

God and Secular Modernity - James Kalb, Catholic World Report

How Some Kids with a Van are Changing the Pro-Life Movement - Kristen Walker, LifeSiteNews.com

Vocation Stories: Br. Dominic Verner O.P. - The Dominican Province of St. Joseph

Baptist Bible Believer Comes Converts!: Renee Linn - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Benedictine Monks Have a New Video on Their Way of Life - Fr. Z’s Blog

Is Christ’s Descent Into Hell Biblical? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why Did Christ Choose Peter, John, & James for the Transfiguration? - Dr....READ MORE

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1 Year Later, Japan Recovers From Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown (2621)

The triple disaster orients the faithful, many of them young Filipino families, on the sacraments.

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Workers sort shellfish at a temporary processing factory, set up on the harbor front on March 8 in Minamisanriku, Japan. Many of the fishing towns along Japan's northeast coast had their equipment, factories and boats destoryed in last year's earthquake and tsunami. As the first anniversary of the disaster approaches, fisherman along the coastline are being assited by volunteers from across the country in an effort to boost the industry, create jobs and save livelihoods.

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TOKYO — “I have grown old this past year,” said Father Takashi Aizu. Many members of his small Catholic congregation in Kesennuma, Japan, a town northeast of Sendai, lost everything when a devastating tsunami hit last year.

Yet, to the energetic priest, the tsunami was not a total disaster. “It was a terrible experience, but it has brought us the warmth of many people. It made me see things in people that usually remain hidden. That has given me a lot of strength.”

The tsunami has also pumped fresh blood into his church. Dozens of Filipino women with young children have joined since the quake. “That there were so many Filipinos living around here — we only discovered when they came to us...READ MORE

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