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


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


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


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.

Morning Briefing


Toowoomba, Australia Parishioners pray for sacked bishop

San Francisco S.F. Catholic lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court, Catholics said city supervisors violated their religious rights by denouncing a Vatican ban on placing adoptive children with same-sex couples.

3 accused of embezzling $580K from Danville church

We cannot ban Mugabe from the Vatican: Catholic Church. President Robert Mugabe shook hands with Pope Benedict XVI during the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.

Pfleger watches Sunday Mass from background

Vignettes from the beatification of John Paul II


ROME --tMassive events such as the beatification of Pope John Paul II on Sunday, which is now estimated to have drawn up to a million and a half people to Rome, are in one sense mosaics composed of countless individual experiences.

tHere are three “reporter’s notebook”-style vignettes from the sidelines of the beatification. They don’t add up to a grand storyline, but they do provide a few bits of flavor from what was a remarkable week in Rome.


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