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The Pontifical Council for Culture is creating a foundation to focus on relations with atheists and agnostics.

Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is preparing to welcome the Pope on March 14 (video).

The Italian bishops’ conference has issued a document calling for attention to the problems of the Mafia-dominated south of the country.

A French bishop has accused the civil authorities of responding with “ineptitude” to the desecration of a church in his diocese.

A Spanish priest who died celebrating Mass is to be beatified on April 25.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq has decried the “endless” series of murders in Iraq.

Church leaders in South Korea have deplored a court ruling that the death penalty is constitutional.

The Brazilian Catholic Church is suing Columbia Pictures over its use of the Christ the Redeemer statue in the apocalypse film 2012.

The Friends of the Ordinariate (FOTO) website is now welcoming members of the Traditional Anglican Church/The Church of Ireland (Traditional Rite) and Roman Catholics.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan has given a revealing television interview in which he discusses potholes on Madison Avenue, John O’Connor, dog breeds, sledgehammers, St Patrick’s Day and his own weight.

Canadian Catholics seem less divided over the new English translation of the Roman Missal than Americans, says Deborah Gyapong.

The director of the St Dominic’s Institute in Rome discusses the role of Muslims in Catholic schools.

George Sim Johnston explains why Vatican II was necessary.

Law professor Brian Scarnecchia discusses the “absurd fate” of frozen human embryos.

Zenit publishes Pope Benedict’s meditation for Rome’s priests (part one and part two).

Fr Robert Barron explains how Catholics can overcome “internet superficiality“.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary have taught talkshow host Oprah Winfrey to pray the rosary.

And Fr James Martin SJ explains why he’s tiring of the comedian Sarah Silverman.

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Pope Benedict will visit a shelter for the homeless in Rome on Sunday morning.

The Pope will commemorate the shipwreck of St Paul when he travels to Malta in April.

Portugal’s bishops have unveiled a new website to mark the Pope’s visit to the country in May (go directly to the site here).

The Vatican marked the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes yesterday with a fireworks display (video), while Pope Benedict celebrated Holy Mass for the sick (video, full homily text).

The world’s oldest Christian monastery has opened its doors to the public again after eight years of renovations.

The Church “cannot tolerate” abuse by priests, Cardinal Claudio Hummes has told clergy in India.

The search for the successor to Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles has officially begun, reports Rocco Palmo.

More than 80 per cent of American Catholic 18 to 29-year-olds believe that morals are “relative”, according to a new survey.

A Catholic school in Ipswich, Suffolk, has banned female pupils from wearing skirts.

A gay rights group is planning to confront Cardinal Francis George of Chicago on Valentine’s Day.

Michael Sean Winters offers an American perspective on the row over Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks on equality legislation in Britain.

Footage of the Scottish bishops’ ad limina meeting with the Pope is now on YouTube (video).

Fr Ray Blake urges British Catholics to be less “churchy”.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Deadly Virtues (video).

And singer Cyndi Lauper tells the LA Times that being raised Catholic inspired her spectacular style.

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Turkey can be a bridge between the Christian and Muslim worlds, Pope Benedict XVI has told the country’s new ambassador to the Holy See (video here).

The Pope has personally thanked the security guards who ensure his safety (video).

Vietnamese police have used explosives to destroy a crucifix in a Catholic cemetery.

Talks between the Holy See and Israel are making progress.

An online petition against the beatification of Pius XII has been launched.

Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool has urged people to take extra care of their neighbours as Britain struggles with severe weather conditions.

A former archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church pays tribute to the late Mgr Graham Leonard, who inspired him to become a Catholic.

Valle Adurni welcomes the decision to award the Catholic Truth Society the contract for publishing the new Missal in England and Wales.

Mark Dowd worries that the “usual suspects” will dominate coverage of the Pope’s visit to Britain in September.

An American priest has jumped from a balcony after being accused of abuse.

Fr Robert Barron discusses the controversial relationship between faith and science (video).

A Catholic legal scholar argues that pornography should be treated as a public health hazard.

Headline Bistro reflects on the rise in the number of murders of missionaries in 2009.

Fr James Martin SJ explains how to find God in difficult times.

And L’Osservatore Romano praises the theology of Bono, the lead singer of U2.

Fr Barron takes on the New Yorker over abortion and healthcare

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Fr Robert Barron enters the debate about abortion and US healthcare reform. You can read the New Yorker article he is responding to here.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm

This morning’s Catholic must-reads

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The Holy See and Israel insist talks are making progress.

Benedict XVI sends a message to a conference organised by the Italian bishops, explaining why God matters.

Singer Sinead O’Connor demands the Pope’s resignation.

Fr Robert Barron reflects on the example of the English martyrs.

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa urges priests to depend on the Holy Spirit.

Former Ratzinger student Fr Vincent Twomey says the Irish faithful should be allowed to choose their own bishops.

Fr Ray Blake considers how to make bishops more accountable.

John Allen catches up with “this generation’s Fulton Sheen”.

Papabile Archbishop Ravasi discusses the origins of his vocation.

Fr Bob Barron: Why Eucharistic Adoration matters

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Fr Robert Barron, the skilled American Catholic evangelist who we recently interviewed, has posted a new video in which he defends the practice of Eucharistic Adoration against its critics.

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December 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The Church and the ‘vampire industry’

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In this video Fr Robert Barron discusses the enduring fascination with vampires in Western popular culture.

Meanwhile, Jake Martin at America magazine criticises the popular HBO series True Blood, which is now screening in Britain on Channel 4:

Is it any wonder that after a century of vampires sweeping across the celluloid we are still left with the same stock, embarrassingly pseudo-sexual portrayals? The continual insistence upon romanticizing and eroticizing the vampire without acknowledging the violence at the genre’s core makes for contrived viewing that appeals primarily to teenage girls or fans of soft-core pornography.

True Blood has very little truth about it. It attempts to follow in the large footsteps of shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under by amping up the sex and violence quota while missing the very best things those shows had to offer: smart, artistic and honest work.

For those who want to know more about the origins of what Martin calls the “vampire industry”, Ignatius Insight has a link to the essay “The Catholic Aesthetic in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Eleanor Bourg Donlon.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm