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Rome Conference to Study TV Father Figures (2062)

Many television series ‘portray the father as being the family's problem,’ according to one of the organizers of the conference, which is scheduled for next April at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

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Hugh Bonneville of 'Downton Abbey.'

– Masterpiece

ROME — At an upcoming spring conference, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross will examine father figures and their portrayal in TV, including Lord Grantham from the British series Downton Abbey.

Many television series “portray the father as being the family's problem,” observed professor Enrique Fuster, one of the organizers of the conference, which is scheduled for April 22-23, 2013, at the Roman university.

Fuster, who teaches cinema history at Holy Cross, noted that screenwriters often depict schizophrenic and dysfunctional families, and their solution for these situations is usually “a family rupture.”

The official title for the conference will be “The Figure of the...READ MORE

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Index of Forbidden Books; On Cultivating the Catholic Mind; The Poor, the Maimed; and Much More! (2753)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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About the Index of Forbidden Books. Follow the link by Canon Lawyer Cathy Caridi to read more.

Index of Forbidden Books by Canon Lawyer Cathy Caridi - Big Pulpit

On Cultivating the Catholic Mind – Brian Jones, Crisis Magazine

The Poor, the Maimed, the Lame, the Blind – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

U. S. Nuncio: Dissident Catholic Profs are Grave Threat to Religious Liberty – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

“Where Are The Catholics?” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Shakespeare, Thomas More, and Henry VIII – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Mass in the Private Chapel of Milton Manor House – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Shocking Case of Unbelief – Fr. Ed Tomlinson’s Blog

Inclusive Language and Baptismal Validity – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made...READ MORE

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Praying for the Dead: Duty and Privilege (5944)

A daughter prays for the repose of her mother’s soul every day — and for all of the holy souls, especially in November, the month dedicated to the holy souls.

11/27/2012 Comments (12)

Detail of 'A Procession in the Catacomb of Callistus' (Alberto Pisa, 1905), Inscriptions in the catacombs include prayers for the dead.

– Wikipedia

After my mother died in October 2011 from cancer, I threw myself into cleaning her home. The last six months of her illness she hadn’t able to do any housework. As I cleaned in every corner, I contemplated the afterlife, wondering whether she was in heaven or purgatory and weighing her many virtues compared to her faults. Engrossed in organizing and dusting, I would unexpectedly happen upon books on purgatory, and each time I felt jarred — wondering if it was a coincidence or message.

My mom had a strong devotion to the holy souls and prayed for them often. Even before she became ill, she would tell us to make sure that the priest who buried her did not eulogize about her saintliness....READ MORE

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Jesus, the Perfect Christmas Gift (3240)

An Advent initiative in Washington urges people to use the holiday season to learn about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

11/27/2012 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — A successful Advent initiative in Washington is urging people to use the true meaning of the Christmas season to learn more about the Catholic faith and grow closer to Christ.

In an online video, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington reflected, “When we think of Christmas, we think of gifts” because gift-giving is “one of the ways in which we show our love for the people around us.”

“We are always looking for the right gift, the perfect gift,” he observed. “Christmas is all about that great and perfect gift that is Jesus Christ.”

To aid people in remembering that Christmas is an invitation to celebrate Christ’s birth and grow in a relationship with him, the archdiocese is...READ MORE

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Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies: Mom Never Left Her, Virgin of Breezy Point Graphic and More! (1845)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/27/2012 Comment

World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her Side. Click on the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

World’s Longest Surviving Coma Patient Dies, Mom Never Left Her – Steven Ertelt, Life News

New: “The Virgin of Breezy Point” Graphic – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Ivy League Atheists Attack Mother Teresa by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

A History of Tobacco and Catholicism – John B. Buescher, Catholic World Report

We Need More Death – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Those Terrible Middle Ages – Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

A Catholic’s Gratitude for Barack Obama – Catholic in Brooklyn

Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum Celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica – Alberto Carosa, The CWR Blog

For Gay Marriage Opponents, Election...READ MORE

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Chant Advocate to Lead New Vatican Office on Music and Architecture (4662)

According to American Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski, Gregorian chant communicates ‘the sense of Catholicity’ and is crucial to the recovering ‘the great treasure’ of Catholic Tradition.

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Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Benedictine Abbot Michael Zielinski was nominated by Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 24 to lead a new office on liturgical arts at the Congregation for Divine Worship.

His appointment comes just after the Nov. 14 restructuring of the congregation, which will mean that Father Zielinski’s new division will focus on art, architecture and liturgical music. His title, capo ufficio (head of the office), makes him No. 4 in the congregation’s hierarchy.

Father Zielinski has served in Rome since 2007, as vice president of the Pontifical Commissions for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and for Sacred Archaeology. Those two commissions merged in June, at which time he left that...READ MORE

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Drop in Abortion Numbers Could Reflect Changing Attitudes (2356)

Centers for Disease Control report estimates U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, part of a continuing decline that has occurred since 1990.

11/27/2012 Comments (20)

Michael New

– Courtesy of Michael New

WASHINGTON — A new government report estimates the number of U.S. abortions dropped 5% in 2009, drawing praise from pro-life advocates and researchers who say the drop could be due in part to an increase in the numbers of pro-life Americans.

“Overall, I’m pleased to see the abortion numbers are coming down,” Michael New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told Catholic News Agency Nov. 26. “We’ve seen a pretty consistent downward trend in abortion since 1990. The numbers have declined almost every year. The numbers are down almost 25% overall since the early '90s. Overall, that’s a good thing.”

New said it is “very hard to say” what caused the...READ MORE

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Nigerian Cardinal Condemns Bombing of Protestant Church (1307)

Last weekend’s terrorist attack occurred within a major military base, killing at least 30 and wounding 45others.

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria.

– Lewis Ashton Clancy-CNA

ROME — The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base, lamenting the lack of security in the country.

“Once again, a great tragedy has taken place; but, in this case, the circumstances are particularly worrisome,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told Aid to the Church in Need in Rome Nov. 26.

“This attack took place within one of the highest military establishments in Nigeria, surely one of the most secure premises you can think of,” he added.

“It seems that this kind of attack could happen anywhere.”

On Sunday, two suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles at St. Andrew's Protestant Church...READ MORE

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