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Site of Hindu Attacks on Christians Sees Conversions (6881)

Many of those who persecuted Christians in India are themselves becoming Christian. Kandhamal proves Tertullian right.

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Anto Akkara

Christians of Gadragam dance to the tune of hymns on the New Year Day. The burnt remnant of a house behind is where disabled Rasanand Pradhan, the first martyr of Kandhamal, was torched alive.

– Anto Akkara

GADRAGAM, India — Two dozen Christians were dancing excitedly to the tune of Christian hymns on New Year’s Day at Gadragam village in the Indian state of Orissa.

That may not be a surprise, considering the red-letter day. But this is the Kandhamal jungles of eastern Orissa state, where just a few years ago, fundamentalist Hindus let loose a severe attack on their Christian neighbors, taking the lives of more than 100 people.

Plus, the rejoicing was in front of the remains of a burnt-out house in which a disabled Christian youth had been burned to death during the widespread violence.
“Our people are no longer afraid; they are ready to profess their faith boldly,” exclaimed Rabindra...READ MORE

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Haiti Is Still Picking Up the Pieces 2 Years Later (1731)

Archbishop encourages Haitians as they rebuild their future.

01/12/2012 Comment

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, (CNA/EWTN News)—Port-au-Prince Archbishop Guire Poulard marked the second anniversary of 2010’s earthquake with a call for Haitians to build a better future for themselves and their country.

“The reconstruction will be Haitian or will not be,” the archbishop proclaimed in a message carried by the news outlet Haiti Libre.

He said Haitians “cannot accept to live only from international begging,” but must take on the task of reconstruction in the same way that national independence was achieved: “by rolling up our sleeves.”

“Put your hope in God and in yourself,” the archbishop urged, saying the “other promises do not offer any guarantees” for the future.


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Is Bishop Slattery Privatizing Catholic Charities? (4576)

Tulsa Diocese’s parish-centered approach offers a model that draws the needs of the poor into the daily life of the faithful.

01/12/2012 Comments (5)

Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa at the Mass of consecration for the Immaculate Conception chapel at Catholic Charities. The chapel forms the core of the 72,000 sq ft. facility dedicated Dec. 7, 2009.

– Dave Crenshaw, Eastern Oklahoma Catholic

TULSA, Okla. — When Bishop Edward Slattery was appointed to the Diocese of Tulsa in 1994, he took stock of local Catholic social services and was impressed. Generous financial and volunteer support from Catholics and the broader community made it possible for Catholic Charities of Tulsa to serve the poor with minimal government funding and a lean staff.

“I inherited a good situation: Catholic Charities in Tulsa had about 10 agencies to help the poor, from food distribution to homeless shelters and free medical and legal care. Just 6% of those services were funded by the federal government, and that was for refugee resettlement,” noted Bishop Slattery, as he recalled that early assessment....READ MORE

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P90X and the Holy Rosary, The 3 Magi Were Likely Arabs, Veils, Ciboria, Baldichins, and much more! (3958)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/12/2012 Comment

Of P90X and the Holy Rosary. Click on the link by Lynne to learn more.

Of P90X and the Holy Rosary - Lynne, Catholic Sistas

The Three Magi were Likely Arabs, & Why is One Magi Dark Skinned? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Continuing Papal Witness to the Suitability of Ad Orientem - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Veils, Ciboria, Baldichins, & the Eucharist - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Acts of Faith in the Sciences - J.C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

The Repercussions of Societal Rage - B. G. Kelley, OSV Newsweekly

Christopher Dawson’s Usura Canto - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Pakistan’s Asia Bibi, Silent Martyr - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why the Church Can’t Just be a “Good Denomination” - Joe...READ MORE

Filed under ad orientem, baldichins, catholic blogosphere, christopher dawson, ciboria, eucharist, holy rosary, p90x, pope benedict xvi, rick santorum

The Church and Economics (2573)

Cardinal Turkson of Ghana said carrying out the Church's mission is at the center of the Church's approach to economics. Jan. 15 issue feature.

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Cardinal Turkson of Ghana said carrying out the Church’s mission is at the center of the Church’s approach to economics.

“The Church doesn’t want to develop its own economics,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson. “Our mission is to basically engage the world from the standpoint of our faith and the charity of Christ.”

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace was speaking to the Register late last year about the Church’s approach to economics, during which he discussed the fallout from a controversial document his department issued Oct. 22 on the global economic crisis.

He continued to defend the paper, appearing somewhat perplexed and saddened by the reaction it provoked.


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GOP Candidates Focus on South Carolina (1517)

Presidential hopefuls reiterate their stances on issues ahead of next primary on Jan. 21.

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News).- The Republican presidential candidates urged fidelity to America’s founding principles as they spoke at the New Hampshire primary and turned their sights to the upcoming vote in South Carolina.

“In difficult times, we can’t abandon the core values that define us as a unique nation,” said N.H. primary winner Mitt Romney. “We are one nation under God.”

The candidates addressed Republican voters on Jan. 10, the evening of the nation’s first primary election in New Hampshire.

Economic issues dominated the speeches, as candidates promised to institute policies that would reduce the national debt and unemployment rates. But several candidates also appealed to faith...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty 9, President Obama 0 (9158)

'Hosanna-Tabor' is the most important religious-freedom case in decades: The Supreme Court pushes back on administration's overreaching. Will decision impact HHS rule on contraceptive coverage?

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The Supreme Court decided its most important religious-freedom case in decades yesterday. And President Barack Obama lost, 9-0.

The case, Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, concerns whether religious groups should be free from government interference when choosing their religious leaders. For decades, the lower courts have applied a doctrine called the “ministerial exception,” which prohibits the government from using discrimination laws to force religious organizations to hire or fire particular individuals for jobs with important religious functions. All the lower courts agreed that the ministerial exception existed, but there was some variation as to whether employees...READ MORE

Filed under becket fund for religious liberty, chief justice john roberts, elena kagan, establishment clause, hhs contraception mandate, obama administration, religious freedom, samuel alito

Court Upholds Sonogram Law in Texas (1835)

Gov. Rick Perry: The ruling is 'a victory for all who stand in defense of life.'

01/12/2012 Comments (2)

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AUSTIN, Texas (EWTN News)—A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law requiring a sonogram for women considering abortion.

The ruling is “a victory for all who stand in defense of life,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Jan. 10.

“Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy, and this important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision,” he said.

Under the law, doctors must conduct a sonogram on a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor must provide the woman with the opportunity to see the results and to hear...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, sonogram laws, sonograms, texas

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