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In Search of the Face of Christ (3795)

Saturday Book Pick: Gripping tale pursues the true image of Jesus, in the Holy Land and around the Mediterranean.

04/16/2011 Comments (4)


The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus

By Paul Badde

Ignatius, 2010

378 pages, $23.95

To order: Ignatius.com

(800) 651-1531

For century upon century, artists have been trying to depict what Jesus might have looked like. Can we get an idea from the Shroud of Turin? Does a true image of the resurrected Jesus exist elsewhere?

That last question is the subject of a page-turning book in the best of investigative religious journalism. In fact, noted German journalist Paul Badde’s book, The Face of God reads like a thriller.

While Badde explores the Treasury in St. Peter’s in Rome and even searches in Spain for clues to Jesus’ physical appearance, he focuses the book...READ MORE

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St. Joseph of Cupertino, George Calvert, Veritatis Splendor, U.S. Bloggers Guild, and much more. . . (2502)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/16/2011 Comment

Saint Joseph of Cupertino, the reluctant and unclever saint that levitated.

How the Mass Is a Sacrifice, and Why So Many Deny This Doctrine - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

For Your Lenten Saturday Night at the Movies VI - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Secretary of State, “Revert” and Catholic Colonizer George Calvert - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation

God’s Plan, the Only Way to True Freedom: Veritatis Splendor - Father Jeffrey Steel, De Cura Animarum

Catholic Bloggers Guild of America? - Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Abby Johnson and the Still Small Voice of God - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Out of the Mouth of Salon.com - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

Democratic Bioethics and...READ MORE

Filed under abby johnson, bioethics, catholic bloggers guild, catholic blogosphere, eugenics, george calvert, new media, st. joseph of cupertino, veritatis splendor

Animal Sacrifices, Save Formality, Save the Liturgy, Priests are Human, Jesus Movies, and much more! (2962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/15/2011 Comment

Ayn Rand.

Animal Sacrifices and Eucharistic Sacrifice (Saint Fulgentius) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Save Formality, Save the Liturgy - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

News Flash: Catholic Priests are Human Beings - Lisa Graas, The American Catholic

To Prom or Not to Prom, That is the Question - Allen Hebert, Go Bless

Seven Quick Jesus Movie Takes - Sarah, A Beaten Copper Lamp Of Deplorable Design

Ayn Rand’s Attack on Christian Morality - James Kidd, Ignatius Insight

Convert and Poet: Mary Ann Spooner (1794-1877) - Pat McNamara

Formidable Ladies - Once I Was A Clever Boy

Psalm 31, Part 4: On Being Stubborn as a Mule (Verses 11 & 12)! - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

The Voris...READ MORE

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Female Feticide (4111)

The Church finds a tough challenge in missing girls in India.

04/15/2011 Comments (4)
CNS photo/Anto Akkara

Girls get a good night blessing from Loreto Sister Cyril Mooney at the Rainbow Home in Kolkata, India, Feb. 11. Rainbow Home is a care and schooling program started by Sister Mooney for the orphans and street girls.

– CNS photo/Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — The preliminary data from the decennial census in India has once again brought to the fore a mentality that bodes ill for female children.

More than 5 million girls have gone missing in a decade, as per the 2011 census estimates — compared to the data from the 2001 national census.

Even the news about the increase in the gender ratio, from 933 to 940 females per 1,000 men, got drowned in the alarming decline in the number of girls under 6 years: from 927 to 914 per 1,000 boys. In some states, that ratio went below 800 girls per 1,000 boys.

“The figures are very disturbing. We need to address this problem as a major challenge,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, female feticide, girl child, hinduism, india, prenatal testing, sex selection

SDG Reviews 'Rio' (5682)

New movie offers a colorful, fast-paced tour of Brazilian culture.

04/15/2011 Comments (5)
Blue Sky/Twentieth Century Fox

– Blue Sky/Twentieth Century Fox

When Pixar set out to make Ratatouille, Brad Bird went to Paris, dined at top restaurants and interviewed chefs. Some of the animators actually studied Parisian sewers, which seems to me to be taking authenticity a little too far. Still, for all that, we don’t see much of the City of Light but the skyline, some nice views of the Seine and one gourmet restaurant (and, of course, the sewers).

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, set in New Orleans, did better by the Crescent City, from St. Louis Cathedral (where the climactic wedding was celebrated) and the architecture of the French Quarter to the Mardi Gras parade. Here, too, the filmmakers visited New Orleans repeatedly, rode the...READ MORE

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Ave Maria University, Stages of Love, Eucharist in the Bible, Benefits of Daily Mass, and much more! (3306)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/15/2011 Comment

The logo for Ave Maria University.

The Most ‘Catholic’ University That Isn’t Catholic - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

What We Learn While Dating - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Stages of Love in the Spiritual Life - Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Liturgical Formation of Theologians - Father Christopher Smith, The Chant Café

Psalm 31, Part 3: Admitting Our Faults (Verse 6) - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Is the Word Eucharist in the Bible? (Saint Paul) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Benefits of Daily Mass for Children - April Yeager, Catholic Phoenix

Are You Eligible to be a Guild Member? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The YouCat Fiasco: Raffaella Says “Give Us A Break!” - Father Tim Finigan,...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, ave maria university, bible, california, cardinal ratzinger, catholic blogosphere, daily mass, eucharist, liturgical formation, new media

Catholics and the Civil War, Riding into Jerusalem, Beautiful Books, Saint Hildegard, and much more! (3154)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/14/2011 Comment

A movie about Saint Hildegard of Bingen will be released soon in DVD format.

Upon How Many Donkeys Did Christ Ride Into Jerusalem? - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Will the New Missal buck the Trend and be a Nice Book? - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Because My Boys Needed to Know About Saint Hildegard of Bingen - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Office of Readings for Blessed John Paul II - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Psalm 31, Part 2: The Grace of Forgiveness (Verse 1) - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Christians in a Post-Welfare State World - Samuel Gregg, The American Spectator

Civil War: The Catholic Story - John Burger, Fathers for Good

High Court Rules Against Cardinal Vaughan Parents - Anna Arco, Catholic Herald


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Catholic Publishing at the Crossroads (7996)

Publishers of books and periodicals face an uncertain future in a brave new digital world.

04/14/2011 Comments (12)
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

– CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Depending on one’s point of view, the Catholic publishing world — specifically books and periodicals — is:

a. in big trouble
b. experiencing massive growing pains as it deals with change.
c. facing exciting challenges and opportunities as it embraces the digital revolution. Or,
d. all of the above.

The Catholic publishing world has certainly had its share of losses, and recent years have been difficult on several publishers.

Print periodicals have been battling a steady decline in renewals, combined with skyrocketing publishing costs for several years. The economic downturn that began in 2008 has caused some consumers to view religious books and magazines as luxuries. On the other...READ MORE

Filed under bayard, catholic publishing, circle media, crisis magazine, ewtn, faith and family, ignatius press, inside catholic, legionaries of christ, national catholic register

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