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‘How I Believe in Roger Ebert’ (21451)

Reflections from the Register’s film writer on the passing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, TV host and blogger.

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Roger Ebert as an altar boy (second from right).

Just over a month before his death on Easter Thursday, Roger Ebert wrote a blog post titled “How I Am a Roman Catholic” — a follow-up of sorts to a 2009 post called “How I Believe in God.”

For years I’d been toying with the idea of a response to that 2009 piece called “How I Believe in Roger Ebert”; for the last four weeks I’d been hoping to get to it sooner rather than later. I had hoped he might read it, perhaps even interact with it, as he had with at least two other pieces I wrote. Alas, I waited too long.

It goes without saying that, like many film critics writing today, I am incalculably indebted to Ebert. Of course I grew up watching him discuss and debate movies with Gene Siskel...READ MORE

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U.N. Secretary General to Meet Pope Next Week (3847)

The Vatican says Ban Ki-moon will meet the Holy Father April 9, at the end of his official visit to Europe.

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will welcome United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Vatican next week, his first private audience with a world leader since his inauguration.

The South Korean U.N. chief will be making an unscheduled visit to the Vatican on Tuesday, April 9, the Vatican confirmed to the Register. His visit will come at the end of an official European trip that has included stops in San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Spain and the Netherlands.

Increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula are expected to top the agenda, as well as the conflict in Syria and conflicts in other parts of the Middle East and Africa. 

A Vatican official told the Register that the U.N....READ MORE

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Actor Jeremy Irons Questions Same-Sex 'Marriage,' A Beautiful Portable Altar and More! (4980)

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Actor Jeremy Irons Raises Concerns on Same-Sex 'Marriage'. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog to read more.

Actor Jeremy Irons Raises Concerns by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blog - Big Pulpit

A Beautiful Portable Altar for the Most Holy Sacrifice – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Crazy. . .and Supremely Blessed – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Did This Inspire Tolkien to Write About The Preciousss? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Saint Thomas More – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Easter Vigil, Ad Orientem in Rhode Island – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What Running Has Taught Me About the Gospel – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

The Coredemptrix Controversy – Andrew Oullette, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Samuel Gregg: What is Social...READ MORE

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Boston College Holds Firm on Decision Banning Campus Condoms (5857)

Despite complaints from pro-condom students and the threat of an ACLU lawsuit, BC says it intends to uphold its Catholic identity.

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BOSTON — Sophomore Ethan Mack has watched a few of his fellow Boston College students flaunt disrespect for Catholic teaching and school policy for years. They hang free condoms and other sexual products in envelopes outside of dorm-room doors and approach freshmen to place condoms in their hands.

In March, college administrators told them to knock it off in a letter that threatened disciplinary action if such students don’t stop the on-campus condom giveaways.

“It is about time,” said Mack, managing editor of the independent campus newspaper The Observer, which promotes and defends Boston College’s Catholic identity. “For a while, a few of us who were concerned didn’t know if the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and English as a Second (or Third) Language (37350)

Possessed of less linguistic fluency than John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Holy Father is carrying out his papal public duties almost exclusively in Italian.

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VATICAN CITY — Fluency in English and other languages has long been considered a prerequisite for a pope.

Blessed Pope John Paul II arguably set the standard, learning as many as 12 languages and speaking eight of them fluently. Benedict XVI, his successor, was reputed to be fluent in seven and was particularly proficient in French, the first foreign language he learned.

But Pope Francis’ linguistic abilities are, by his own admission, significantly inferior. Apart from Spanish, his mother tongue, he knows German and Italian well, although he admits the former is rusty.

The Holy Father prefers not to publicly speak any languages other than Italian at general audiences, the summaries...READ MORE

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Can Sports Help Us Grow In Holiness, One Look at Pope Francis's First Holy Week and Much More! (2087)

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One Look at Pope Francis’s First Holy Week. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Can Sports Help Us Grow in Holiness? – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

One Look at Pope Francis’s First Holy Week via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Report: Mass Murder of Christians in Syria – John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Teen Sex: There’s An App For That – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Easter Sequence: Sing It All Week Long – Kenneth J. Wolfe, Rorate Cæli

The Cross: Sign of God’s Life – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pics From Easter Vigil At Blackfen – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Chaste Allure of Amish Romance Novels – Valerie Weaver-Zercher, First Things/On the Square

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Pope’s Hug Embraced Everyone With Disabilities, Dad Says (4193)

Paul Gondreau said his son’s purpose is to love and to teach others how to love.

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Pope Francis embraces a boy prior to his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing on Easter Sunday, March 31.

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ROME — The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention, says that the Pope in that instant held “all people” with disabilities.

“The Pope was embracing all the impoverished in that moment, and it was a profound blessing,” Paul Gondreau told Catholic News Agency April 2. “Not just for me and my wife,” he added, “but all parents of special-needs children or all those who are close to special-needs people.”

“Who would think that a little boy with such severe physical limitations would so profoundly move the world?”

Media outlets across the globe have zeroed in on Gondreau’s 9-year-old son after he was photographed receiving...READ MORE

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Study Shows Black Americans Reject ‘Gay Rights’ Equation (3518)

Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, criticized the analogy of same-sex ‘marriage’ to the push for racial equality.

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Civil-rights leaders march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.

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WASHINGTON — A new survey of black Americans shows that most disagree with the claim that the effort to promote homosexual rights is comparable to the historic movement for racial equality.

About 55% of respondents to a Zogby Analytics survey said that equal rights for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" persons are not the same as equal rights for African-Americans. Only 28% agreed, while 17% said they are not sure.

The online survey of 1,002 adults used respondents recruited through partners or random telephone samples. It was commissioned by Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, and was conducted Feb. 14-20.

The analysis — which claims a margin of...READ MORE

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