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Cardinal Turkson Discusses the Turmoil in North Africa (2886)

Egypt Could Become ‘a New Iraq,’ Ghanaian Archbishop Says

03/23/2011 Comments (2)
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Cardinal Peter Turkson

– CNS photo

DURHAM, England — Pope Benedict XVI has such confidence in Cardinal Peter Turkson of the west African nation of Ghana that he appointed him president for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009 and added to his list of other Vatican responsibilities that of member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2010.

With such responsibility, it is hardly surprising that the man who did part of his priestly training at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y., is willing to stick his head above the proverbial parapet, particularly where the continent of his birth is concerned.

When asked recently about the fears of Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, that...READ MORE

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India Says No to Mercy Killing (4700)

A pro-life nation: The supreme court and the government teamed up to fight euthanasia activists, and win.

03/23/2011 Comments (6)

FINAL WORD. A view of the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. The Supreme Court March 7 rejected a plea for terminally ill patients’ right to choose death to end their suffering. The attorney general of India told the Supreme Court: “We do not lead our terminally ill parents or kids to death. Who decides if one should live or die? Who knows? Tomorrow there might be a cure to a medical state perceived as incurable today.”

– REUTERS/B Mathur

NEW DELHI — The pro-life movement is virtually unheard of in India, where Christians number a mere 2.3% among its 1.2 billion people and 80% of the population is Hindu.

Yet when the plea for mercy killing for a woman in a comatose condition came before the Supreme Court of India, there was hardly any support for the petitioner, who demanded the woman be given the “right to die with dignity.”

Though the March 7 judgment drew critical headlines like “No Mercy to Aruna,” it was hailed on many different strata of India society. From the attorney general of India — the highest law officer in the government — to the staff of the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai, where 63-year old...READ MORE

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The Annunciation, Tired of Lent, The Psychological in Dating, and much more… (3041)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/23/2011 Comment

The Annunciation.

March 25th, Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Tired of Lent?  Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid! - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

The Psychological in Dating - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Oldest Man in the Bible: Methuselah - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Church and the Unions - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

The Forgotten: Christians Persecuted in the Middle East - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

Jesus is Hardly a Pacifist (Neither is Saint Michael, nor Gandalf) - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

How to Celebrate Atheist Pride Week - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority...READ MORE

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Just War and Libya, America-Annulment Nation, Battle in the Desert, and much more… (2459)

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03/23/2011 Comment

America contains 6% of the worlds Catholics, yet America has 60% of all the world's annulments, why?

Annulment Nation, America - Jeff Ziegler, Catholic World Report

Lent and the Religion of Humanity - Father James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Libya and Just War - Michael Denton, The American Catholic

New Auxiliary Bishops for Detroit! - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudumus!

Lent: the Silly Season in Some Places - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Australian Bishops Warn About New South Wales Greens’ Political Positions - EWTN News

Treehuggers No More: Australia’s Radical Green Party - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Battle in the Desert - Doctor Edward Sri, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Ontological Splendor: Flannery O’Connor in the Protestant South - Glenn C. Arbery,...READ MORE

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Dating, America's Italian Catholics, Myths about the Crusades, and much more… (4073)

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03/22/2011 Comments (2)

A Knight Templar.

Friendship That Lasts - Not a Minx a Moron or a Parasite

On the Evangelization of the Jewish People, The Surprising View of the Pope - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Psalm 6/2, God’s Anger and Rebuke - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Hillsdating and Other False Realities - Julie Robison, The Corner With A View

Christian Commitophobia - Elizabeth, Startling the Day

Ray Flynn: A Real Pro-Life Catholic Democrat - Deal W. Hudson, InsideCatholic

From Columbus to Cabrini: America’s Italian Catholics - Pat McNamara, Patheos

Homosexuality Obsession?  Whose? - Robert P. George, Mirror of Justice

Four Myths about the Crusades - Paul F. Crawford, Intercollegiate Review


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What the Vatican Thinks About Libya (5948)

As the Pope prays for peace, diplomatic sources size up the increasingly complex situation.

03/22/2011 Comments (10)
CNS photo/Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters

Libyans mourn at martyrs' cemetery in Tripoli March 20 during funerals for people found dead following airstrikes by coalition forces.

– CNS photo/Ahmed Jadallah, Reuters

VATICAN CITY —  Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his concerns over the military campaign in Libya, a sentiment echoed by some Vatican officials who reportedly fear the conflict may turn into a protracted war with civilian casualties.

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 20 for the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope appealed “to those who have political and military responsibilities to concern themselves above all with the safety and well-being of the citizens, guaranteeing access to humanitarian aid.”

Allied forces, made up mainly of U.S., British and French military, began a series of strikes against Libya’s air defenses March 19 as part of a United...READ MORE

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Debating an Atheist, Homeschool Socialization, Contraception, Confession, and much more… (3196)

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03/22/2011 Comment

A Confession in the Confessional.

An Honest and Charitable Atheist-Catholic Dialogue - Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

Homeschool Socialization vs. the ‘Girls Are Dumb’ Variety - Doctor Paul Kengor, CatholicExchange

Contraception One Reason for Catholic Flight from Confession - Russell Shaw, OSV Daily Take

Why Don’t We Have More Novus Ordo Masses in Latin? - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

...Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here...

Why Does God Allow Tsunamis and Massacres? - Peter S. Williamson, Speaking of Scripture

Pastor Terry Jones Burns a Qur’an: What is Catholic Teaching on This? - Lisa Graas

More Than a Monologue? - Father Robert J. Araujo S.J., Mirror of Justice

...Robert P. George comments here......READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Wins 60 Minutes, Pope Consecrates Church in "Little Hell", and much more. (4701)

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03/21/2011 Comments (3)

Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan.

If This is Fasting, Bring on Almsgiving! - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

UK: The Cabinet of Deceit, Hidden Tabernacle During Persecution - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Two Processions in God - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

US: Archbishop Timothy Dolan Wins 60 Minutes - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Pope Benedict Consecrates New Church in “Little Hell” - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

The Miracle of the Sun Symbolizes the Mysteries of the Rosary - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

If God is All Powerful Then How Are We Free & Why is There Evil? - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington DC

Choose Your Measure Carefully - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D.,...READ MORE

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