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Blatty's Exorcist: A 'Sermon No One Can Sleep Through' (5390)

A fresh look at the 40-year-old novel and the head-spinning film reveal new insights into evil and its antidote.

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William Peter Blatty

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BETHESDA, Md.—William Peter Blatty just released a new edition of The Exorcist, marking the 40th anniversary of his blockbuster tale of demonic possession — and he wants you to know that he never wrote it as a horror story.

This time around — at the ripe age of 83 — Blatty has used the release of the new edition to underscore the spiritual mission that drove his plot development: the reality of evil in the world and the opposing power of Christ and his Church. As secularism leads many to discard a prudent awareness of the devil and his works, the author has sought to bring inconvenient and scary truths to center stage.

That was the original intention of this practicing Catholic as he...READ MORE

Filed under dimiter, exorcism, georgetown university, legion, maronite catholic, the exorcist, film, the exorcist: 40th anniversary edition, william friedkin, william peter blatty

Tommy Thompson Urges President to Create Commission to Support Adult Stem-Cell Research (2179)

Former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary is in Rome for a conference on adult stem cells organized by Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and the U.S.-based Stem for Life Foundation.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—At the Vatican today, Nov. 8, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson urged President Obama to establish a commission to support adult stem-cell research.

“I want President Obama to bring all this adult stem-cell research together,” Thompson told EWTN News in Rome on Nov. 7.

Thompson says he wants a body created within the National Institutes of Health that will “be able to use the resources that we have in America to really put regenerative medicine into the forefront of therapies creating new breakthroughs in disease control.”

Thompson is in Rome for a three-day conference jointly organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for...READ MORE

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3 Catholic Colleges are Top Liberal Art Schools, The Real Will Shakespeare, Wages of Sin, and more! (3392)

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Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College, & Franciscan University of Steubenville are Ranked as some of the Top Liberal Arts Schools. Click on the link by the Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes for more information.

Seven Ways the Logos Catholic Software Will Revolutionize Your Faith - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Australian Anglican Ordinariate Developments - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Five Ways Catholics can Create a Relationship of Love - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College, & Franciscan University of Steubenville Top Lib Arts - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Major Victory for Family at Euro Court of Human Rights - Grégor Puppinck PhD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

“Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Servant of All” (DVD) - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Boris Pasternak on the Real William Shakespeare - Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review

The Wages of Sin...READ MORE

Filed under andrew cuomo, archbishop fulton sheen, australian anglican ordinariate, catholic blogosphere, christendom college, franciscan university of steubenville, relationship of love, thomas aquinas college, wages of sin, william shakespeare

Bishop Conley Comments on America's Hostility to Religion (2930)

'God, not government, is the only sure guarantee of human rights and the blessings of our liberty. We need to live as if we believe that,' the bishop said at a recent pro-life dinner.

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DALLAS (EWTN News/CNA)—Increasing hostility to religion and growing restrictions on religious expression are “the biggest challenge the pro-life movement faces,” Bishop James Conley told a benefit for a Dallas pro-life group.

“If we think it’s been hard over these past four decades, I think the biggest challenges we face lie ahead of us,” the apostolic administrator of the Denver Archdiocese said Nov. 5.

“America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy — a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add — the faith that our society is most hostile toward is Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular.”

The bishop’s...READ MORE

Filed under america, faith, freedom of religious, pro-life, values

Pope: Church Must Defend Truth and Values (1971)

Benedict to German ambassador: 'The Church is aware, thanks to her faith, that she knows the truth about man and thus that she is obliged to protect those values which are valid for mankind as such, over and above individual cultures.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told Germany’s new ambassador to the Holy See on Nov. 7 that the Catholic Church has the duty to defend “truths and values that are under threat,” especially those values basic to human dignity.

At the Monday audience, the new German ambassador, Reinhard Scheppe, presented his official letters of credence.

Pope Benedict told the ambassador that his September visit to Germany provided him the chance to reflect on how the Catholic Church and the Holy See can be of service in a pluralistic society.

“Many of our contemporaries see the influence of Christianity, and of other religions, as a way of imposing a specific culture and lifestyle upon...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, faith, germany, morality, pope benedict xvi, truth, values

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns West of Sectarian Violence in Middle East (3490)

Don’t be ‘naive’ about Arab Spring, says Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch.

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch

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Syria is in the throes of an eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But does the so-called “Arab Spring” bode well for Christians in the Middle East?

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch is not so sure. He has been deeply concerned by the uprising and increasing violence in Syria.

A native of Hassakeh, Syria, Patriarch Younan is the shepherd of approximately 150,000 Syriac Catholics worldwide, with about 30,000 to 40,000 in Syria, about 50,000 in Iraq and some 25,000 in the United States and Canada.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first bishop of the newborn diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics in the...READ MORE

Filed under arab spring, bashar al-assad, christians in the middle east, islam, patriarch ignatius joseph iii younan of antioch, religious freedom, syria

Peter Kreeft's Conversion Story, Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe and The Jesuits, and much more! (4861)

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Hauled Aboard the Ark: My Conversion Story. Click on the link by Peter Kreeft to read his conversion story.

They Shall Be Called Anglo Catholics - The Catholic Knight

Hauled Aboard the Ark:  My Conversion Story - Peter Kreeft, The Coming Home Network International

The Time Steve Jobs called the Pope - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Shakespeare and the Jesuits - Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review

The Problem with Pleasure - Joseph Koss, VirtuousPla.net

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jesuits - Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Karol Wojtła: Bishop - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

The Recovery of Reason - George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

Limbo is a Reason to Hope - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

U.S.: Priesthood Experiencing Renewal - Cardinal...READ MORE

Filed under australia world youth day, bishop karol wojtła, catholic blogosphere, edgar allen poe, jesuits, limbo, peter kreeft, reason, steve jobs, william shakespeare

Great Mass Resource for Kids, Siena Cathedral, How to Free a Soul from Purgatory, and much more! (4536)

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Siena Cathedral. To view the beautiful pictures of this Cathedral, click on the link by Gregor Kollmorgen.

A Great Mass Resource for Kids (updated) - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Daily Take

Another Day at Tyburn Tree - David L. Alexander, Man with Black Hat

The Coming Cultural Crisis - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

The New Roman Missal: “And with Your Spirit” - Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic Lane

Criticism of Obamacare is a Little Late in the Process, No? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Consolation and Desolation: What Does It Really Mean? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Siena Cathedral - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

Forbes Magazine: B16 is 7th Most Powerful Person in the World - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How to Free a Soul from Purgatory, It’s Not...READ MORE

Filed under ambrosian rite, archdiocese of cincinnati, catholic blogosphere, forbes, obamacare, pope benedict xvi, purgatory, rich leonardi, smoke of satan, usccb

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