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1 Year Later, Japan Recovers From Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown (2723)

The triple disaster orients the faithful, many of them young Filipino families, on the sacraments.

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Workers sort shellfish at a temporary processing factory, set up on the harbor front on March 8 in Minamisanriku, Japan. Many of the fishing towns along Japan's northeast coast had their equipment, factories and boats destoryed in last year's earthquake and tsunami. As the first anniversary of the disaster approaches, fisherman along the coastline are being assited by volunteers from across the country in an effort to boost the industry, create jobs and save livelihoods.

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TOKYO — “I have grown old this past year,” said Father Takashi Aizu. Many members of his small Catholic congregation in Kesennuma, Japan, a town northeast of Sendai, lost everything when a devastating tsunami hit last year.

Yet, to the energetic priest, the tsunami was not a total disaster. “It was a terrible experience, but it has brought us the warmth of many people. It made me see things in people that usually remain hidden. That has given me a lot of strength.”

The tsunami has also pumped fresh blood into his church. Dozens of Filipino women with young children have joined since the quake. “That there were so many Filipinos living around here — we only discovered when they came to us...READ MORE

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Vatican Websites Attacked by 'Anonymous' (3025)

Cyber terrorists target the Church for the clerical sex abuse scandal and the long-past abuse of indulgence selling.

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VATICAN CITY — The hacking group Anonymous made a successful attempt to temporarily take down several of the Vatican’s websites yesterday, but the pages are now all back online.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi acknowledged to the Register that the Vatican website “has been attacked” but would not say any more. Italy’s postal and communications police were informed March 7 around noon local time that several of the Holy See’s websites were being targeted, disabling them for a few hours in the afternoon.

The cyber siege was reported to have breached a number of firewalls, each named after biblical prophets or the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. All its webpages are now...READ MORE

Filed under father federico lombardi, holy see, pontifical council for social communications, vatican, vatican city, vatican websites

SDG Reviews 'John Carter' (9487)

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic pulp hero to the screen, with mixed success.

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Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter.

Superficially, John Carter—or John Carter of Mars, as the end credits still give the title—plays like a derivative patchwork of sci-fi fantasy landmarks from Avatar to Star Wars and Star Trek. Fans of Smallville or Superman Returns will be reminded of young Clark Kent’s fantastic leaps before he learned to fly. Viewers with longer memories may think back to Dune or Planet of the Apes, while those with shorter ones may be reminded of Cowboys and Aliens or Prince of Persia.

The irony, of course, is that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter stories, the first of which was published 100 years ago this year, are the predecessors, not the successors, of all those tales. Burroughs is better known as...READ MORE

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The Holy Coat of Trier, An Unwasted Life, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger on Baby Brother Bene, and much more! (2766)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/08/2012 Comment

The Holy Coat of Trier. Click on the link by John Whitehead to learn more of Jesus' garments partitioned by his Roman guards.

The Holy Coat of Trier - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

An Unwasted Life - Deacon George J. Collins, New Oxford Review

Excerpt from Msgr. George Ratzinger’s Book, “My Brother, the Pope” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Pope Benedict XVI and the Irrelevance of “Relevance” - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

President Obama’s Contraception Spin Machine - George Weigel

Is the Media Providing Balanced Coverage of the Philadelphia Clergy Abuse Cases - David F. Pierre Jr, Catholic World Report

Have Health Problems, Keep this List of Saints Nearby - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatican Orders Reopening of 13 Cleveland Churches - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia


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Dubuque's Bishop Hanus Reminds His Fellow Bishops to Imitate St. Peter (2143)

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas bishops are in Rome for their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit.

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St. Peter

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Bishops should imitate St. Peter as leaders of the Church by following the word of God instead of shifting popular opinion, said Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa.

“According to Jesus’ words, a leader in the manner of Peter must be solid as a rock; he cannot be fickle; he cannot change with the winds of popularity; he must subject himself to God’s word,” the archbishop said at St. Peter’s tomb on March 7.

Archbishop Hanus is one of 21 bishops from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas who are beginning their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in Rome.

The visit kicked off with an early morning Mass on March 7 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Over the next six...READ MORE

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Vatican Astronomer: Science Is 'Really One of Our Best Principles for Getting to Know God' (3238)

Faith and science are not at odds, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno told a Denver audience.

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– Wikipedia

The astronomer for the Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, says that his study of the universe through science has helped him better understand the person of Christ.

The Vatican Observatory was established in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII near St. Peter’s Basilica but was moved a few miles outside of Rome in 1935, when pollution made visibility difficult. The Vatican established a new division of the observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., in 1980 and built its own telescope in 1987.

Despite people often having the “crazy idea” that science and religion conflict, science is “really one of our best principles for getting to know God,” he told EWTN News.

Brother Consolmagno, who also serves...READ MORE

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Coming Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs (9812)

Another look at the HHS mandate's ramifications.

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The extinction of Catholic hospitals due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate would result in a loss of almost $100 billion, warned one columnist and talk-show host.

In a March 1 column in The Fiscal Times, political analyst Edward Morrissey said that if the mandate succeeds in shutting down Catholic hospitals and health-care institutions, it will “create a disaster for the delivery of health care in the country and rapidly escalate the public costs of health care.”

“Thanks to the economic models of these hospitals, no one will rush to buy them,” he explained. “Over 120,000 beds would disappear from an already-stressed system.”

The U.S. bishops have remained united and...READ MORE

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Cleveland Indians' Player Thankful for Teammates, Miracle Baby and Years of Sobriety (7811)

Third baseman Jack Hannahan rediscovered 'blueprint for life' in the Catholic Church.

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Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

– Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

If you ask Jack Hannahan what he’s thankful for, be prepared to listen for a while.

Hannahan, 32, has plenty to appreciate, starting with the realization of his dream of playing in the major leagues. In 2001, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year at the University of Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Tigers. After many challenges and injuries in the minor leagues, Hannahan made his major-league debut with the Tigers on May 25, 2006.

This year he is with the Cleveland Indians, a generous group of players who made it possible for him to witness the arrival of his first son last August. Being out of town when his wife went into early labor was not a good enough...READ MORE

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