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Cardinal George on 'God in Action' (2655)

Chicago’s archbishop reflects on religion’s place in an increasingly secular society. Part one of two.

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2010 CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

AUTHOR. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago addresses the U.S. bishops agt the start of their annual meeting in Baltimore last fall.

– 2010 CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Cardinal Francis George recently celebrated his 14th anniversary as archbishop of Chicago. Almost simultaneously, he published his third book, God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World.

The 74-year-old cardinal, a native of the Windy City, was formerly archbishop of Portland, Ore., and bishop of Yakima, Wash. He is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 until 2010.

Register correspondent Matthew A. Rarey spoke to the leader of Chicago’s 2.3 million Catholics at the cardinal’s residence May 5.

Why this book? Why now?

In a certain sense, it’s a follow-up on the book I...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Kung Fu Panda 2' (9206)

Action-packed sequel tackles adoption and inner peace.

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DreamWorks Animation

– DreamWorks Animation

Kung Fu Panda marked a turning point of sorts for DreamWorks Animation, and not just because it was the studio’s highest-grossing animated film without Shrek in the title. The studio might be Pixar’s leading rival, but until the coming of Po, they were getting by largely on the strength of their big green computer-animated superstar, and their prior roster of non-Shrek computer-animated products was a lineup of unmemorable one-offs: Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Over the Hedge, Shark Tale, Antz. (Madagascar was followed by a post-Panda sequel, presumably on the strength of the crowd-pleasing penguins, but both were as mediocre as movies can be.)

But then Kung Fu Panda charmed family audiences...READ MORE

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John Wayne Died a Catholic, What is the Worth of a Hail Mary, Genuflection, Oprah, and much more! (4120)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/27/2011 Comment

John Wayne, the epitome of the rugged masculine man, died a Catholic. It was a deathbed conversion.

Fr. Francisco Suarez: What is a Properly Said Hail Mary Worth? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

John Wayne Died a Catholic - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

New South Dakota Bishop: Msgr. Rob. D. Gruss - Robert Kumpel, The Last Papist Standing

NCReporter’s Editor & Publisher Passed Away: Joseph Feuerherd,  R.I.P. - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Monarch Profile: James V, King of Scots - The Mad Monarchist

What Is: Mary Mother of God - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Apologetics Toolbox: Communion of Saints, Part I - Anthony S. Lane, Outside the Asylum

Oprah, Pop Existentialist, At Best - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

“Illegal” Babies Abducted by Red...READ MORE

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National Catholic Reporter’s Publisher Dies (4321)

Joseph Feuerherd lost his 18-month battle with cancer May 26.

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– CNS photo

ROCKVILLE, Md. (CNS) — Joseph Feuerherd, editor-in-chief and publisher of the National Catholic Reporter, died May 26 after an 18-month battle with metastasized soft tissue sarcoma. He was 48.

He died at the Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville with his family at his side.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

Feuerherd had been editor-in-chief and publisher of the lay-edited weekly newspaper, based in Kansas City, Mo., since October 2008.

At the time of his appointment, he said he was thrilled the NCR board had chosen him, but he was also “humbled and energized by the opportunity to lead a publication that is vital to American Catholics who love their Church.”

Before taking the...READ MORE

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How to Plant a Mary Garden, Catholicity of the Early Church, Canon Law, The Common Good, and more! (3411)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/26/2011 Comments (2)

Mary Garden is a garden, filled with flowers, plants and trees named for Our Lady and Jesus, designed to be a place of beauty that reminds us of our Lord and our Lady, allows one to experience God's creation, and invites prayer and contemplation

How to Plant a Mary Garden - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Exchange

On the Council of Jerusalem & the Catholicity of the Early Church - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Conservatives, Catholic Liberals, & the Common Good - Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing

The Filipino Excommunication That Isn’t - Doctor Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

UK Moves Towards a Faith-Free Workplace - Peter Saunders, MercatorNet

Supreme Court to Decide on Faith Exemption in Quebec Religion Class - Brenda Branswell, National Post/Holy Post

NYC Teacher Claims She Was Harassed, Then Fired Over Her Christian Faith - Billy Hallowell

Public Education: Absurd and Corrupt at...READ MORE

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Crisis Control in Philadelphia (4021)

A grand jury report, criminal indictments, mass suspensions and the collapse of moral credibility: a conversation with Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior of Philadelphia and victim services consultant Mary Achilles.

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CNS photo/Fred Trulio, Catholic Standard & Times

PENITENTIAL SERVICE. Cardinal Justin Rigali, kneeling at right, leads the Stations of Cross at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul March 11. The penitential service was called by the cardinal in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

– CNS photo/Fred Trulio, Catholic Standard & Times

PHILADELPHIA — In 2005, a grand jury in Philadelphia criticized Church officials for transferring accused priests to other parishes throughout the archdiocese, fueling a scandal that prompted policy changes. In February 2011, a second grand jury report resulted in the criminal indictment of three priests and a teacher for the rape of two boys more than a decade ago. Further, Msgr. William Lynn, the archdiocesan secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, was charged on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 2011 grand jury report also attacked the archdiocese for permitting additional priests with “credible” allegations of sexual abuse to remain in ministry. After initially...READ MORE

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Maid of Orleans, Catholic All-Stars, A Buddhist Convert, France, NAB, Goodbye Oprah, and much more! (3674)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/26/2011 Comment

The Little Flower, Saint Therese of Lisieux, posing in costume as Saint Joan of Arc.

How Your Parish & Your Pastor Can Legally Lobby! (& still be tax-exempt) - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Maid of Orleans Who Tried to Rescue France - Catholic Herald

Pope Benedict on Spiritual Direction - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholic All-Stars - Colin Kerr, The Theology of Dad

Poll: Nearly 1/3 of Russians Believe Historic Division of Christians ta Mistake - Patrick Madrid

Buddhist Convert: Paul Williams - Why I’m Catholic

Goodbye Oprah - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Publicly a Catholic, Privately a Heretic - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Why New American Bible Scholars Are Wrong on John 21 & Luke 5 - Joe Heschmeyer,...READ MORE

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Holy Land Reaction to Obama’s Peace Talk (2644)

Local Christians offer their views on the President’s vision for the Middle East.

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CNS photo/Debbie Hill

HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE. Palestinian girls light candles in front of an icon at St. Joseph Church in the West Bank town of Jifna May 7.

– CNS photo/Debbie Hill

JERUSALEM — Exhausted by decades of conflict, residents of the Holy Land are pessimistic that the peace initiative unveiled by President Barack Obama on May 19 will lead to peace.

Local Christians, though deeply rooted in their faith, have pretty much given up hope that there will ever be an end to the suffering.

Most local Christians, who are ethnically Palestinians, believe that Israel has only its interests, and not theirs, at heart.

Alex, the owner of a Christian shop in the narrow alleyway leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City, laughed ruefully when asked about his hopes for the future.

“You’ve come too late, my dear. There is no future,” said Alex, who...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, benjamin netanyahu, holy land, holy land christians, israel, middle east, palestinians, peace process

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