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Pakistan Remembers Shahbaz Bhatti on First Anniversary of Assassination (2563)

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' (2823)

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 (8171)

'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! (4584)

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 (2623)

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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Vatican Websites Attacked by 'Anonymous' (2699)

Cyber terrorists target the Church for the clerical sex abuse scandal and the long-past abuse of indulgence selling.

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VATICAN CITY — The hacking group Anonymous made a successful attempt to temporarily take down several of the Vatican’s websites yesterday, but the pages are now all back online.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi acknowledged to the Register that the Vatican website “has been attacked” but would not say any more. Italy’s postal and communications police were informed March 7 around noon local time that several of the Holy See’s websites were being targeted, disabling them for a few hours in the afternoon.

The cyber siege was reported to have breached a number of firewalls, each named after biblical prophets or the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. All its webpages are now...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'John Carter' (8955)

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic pulp hero to the screen, with mixed success.

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Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter.

Superficially, John Carter—or John Carter of Mars, as the end credits still give the title—plays like a derivative patchwork of sci-fi fantasy landmarks from Avatar to Star Wars and Star Trek. Fans of Smallville or Superman Returns will be reminded of young Clark Kent’s fantastic leaps before he learned to fly. Viewers with longer memories may think back to Dune or Planet of the Apes, while those with shorter ones may be reminded of Cowboys and Aliens or Prince of Persia.

The irony, of course, is that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter stories, the first of which was published 100 years ago this year, are the predecessors, not the successors, of all those tales. Burroughs is better known as...READ MORE

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The Holy Coat of Trier, An Unwasted Life, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger on Baby Brother Bene, and much more! (2610)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Holy Coat of Trier. Click on the link by John Whitehead to learn more of Jesus' garments partitioned by his Roman guards.

The Holy Coat of Trier - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

An Unwasted Life - Deacon George J. Collins, New Oxford Review

Excerpt from Msgr. George Ratzinger’s Book, “My Brother, the Pope” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Pope Benedict XVI and the Irrelevance of “Relevance” - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

President Obama’s Contraception Spin Machine - George Weigel

Is the Media Providing Balanced Coverage of the Philadelphia Clergy Abuse Cases - David F. Pierre Jr, Catholic World Report

Have Health Problems, Keep this List of Saints Nearby - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatican Orders Reopening of 13 Cleveland Churches - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

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Filed under catholic blogosphere, cleveland, holy coat of trier, martin luther, msgr. georg ratzinger, philadelphia, pope benedict xvi

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