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Rosary beads & Osama bin Laden

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It is interesting to note that Vice President Joe Biden was praying or at least fidgeting with his rosary beads as President Obama and is top security advisors watched a video screen of CIA Director Leon Panetta describing the final take down of Osama bin Laden, according to The New York Times' reporting.

One interesting exercise is to count how many Catholics were at the president's table, at his side or in the room watching the action.

\"Blowout!\" informs and challenges readers

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This past weekend, I was on a panel at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at the University of Southern California (USC). The panel, in part, had to do with my recent book Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and co-authored with the subject of the book, Sal Castro. The book came out in February and is selling quite well.

Responses, from the Vatican to college students, to bin Laden's death

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Amid the general rejoicing over Osama bin Laden's death, there have been a handful of pundits, bloggers and Facebook-ers who are challenging the Mike Huckabee-inspired "Welcome to hell" sentiment. (An aside via a question: How does our nation's reaction to Osama's death make us any better than the folks who danced in the street during 9/11? Answer: It doesn't.) I'm proud to say many of these people questioning the celebratory behavior are Catholics -- two of them young college women with minds of their own and fires in their bellies.

Archbishop Rowan Williams' Sermon

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I confess. I actually turned on the TV at 6 a.m. EST on April 29th and watched most of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was a positive and welcome relief after days of watching tornadoes ravage Alabama and violence plague the people of Libya and Syria.

But what caught my ear were the words of Dr Richard Chartres, the Anglican Bishop of London, who delivered the wedding address.

Webathon: Tuesday morning ñ Have you donated yet?

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On this day: Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

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On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Philip and St. James.

James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Origins of Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Robert Eisenman, Penguin, 1998, is not easy reading, and it is not short. But it answers questions about the early Church, about the life of Jesus, and about why James, so important in the early days, was practically written out of Church history. The book makes clear why the deliberate confusion that has been sown for centuries is still being sown by those who know better.

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