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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.

Today’s Catholic must-reads

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A Vatican economist has claimed that the true cause of the recession is the West’s falling birth rate.

Anglo-Catholic Bishop Edwin Barnes accuses the Archbishop of Canterbury of making it impossible for Anglican traditionalists to remain in the Church of England.

The informal ecumenical symposium at the Vatican will end today, reports Vatican Radio.

The Archdiocese of Boston has raised $15 million in an appeal, matching last year’s total.

A Catholic priest has lost six relatives in a terrorist attack in Pakistan.

The bishops of Sri Lanka are appealing for a code of conduct for the country’s politicians.

Catholics are being urged to get to grips with the new English translation of the Mass even before it is introduced.

Australia’s bishops have launched an online companion to Lent.

John Allen explains why everyone is so enthusiastic about Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the papabile president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Anchoress is thrilled by yesterday’s Oprah Winfrey show segment on the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Deborah Morlani ponders the role of mothers in liturgical reform.

Mark Davoren OP celebrates the remarkable life of Fr Cormac Rigby, former BBC Radio 3 presenter.

Fr James Martin SJ addresses “papalotry” among American Catholic intellectuals.

And Fr Z recommends that liberal Catholics ask Dr Rowan Williams for a “Spirit of Vatican II Ordinariate“.

‘Oprah’s priest’ prepares for global debut

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Fr Uwem Akpan will take part in a global webcast with Oprah Winfrey next Monday. The talkshow host has chosen the Nigerian Jesuit’s book of short stories, Say You’re One of Them, as the next selection for her book club.

The discussion will take place on November 9 at 9 pm ET/ 8 pm CT / 2am GMT and there will be a live simulcast on Oprah.com, CNN.com and Facebook.

Winfrey has posted five video blogs explaining why she chose the priest’s book.

Meanwhile, the Beninoise singer Angélique Kidjo has created a song, “Agbalagba”, inspired by Fr Akpan’s work.

For more background on the author, click here and here.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm

More on Oprah’s priest

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Interest in Fr Uwem Akpan is exploding following Oprah Winfrey’s selection of his book, Say You’re One of Them, for her trendsetting book club. There are only two copies of the book left at Amazon.co.uk and London bookshops are hurriedly placing orders for more.

According to Wikipedia, Fr Akpan as born in the southern Nigerian village of Ikot Akpan Eda; his parents were teachers. He joined the Society of Jesus at 19 in 1990 and was ordained in 2003. He earned an MFA degree in creative writing at the University of Michigan and has served in Zimbabwe. He currently has a parish in Lagos. A reader has pointed out that the Australian immigration authorities recently refused him entry to attend a writers’ festival.

The New Yorker published an excellent Q&A with Fr Akpan in 2005, when it ran his story “An Ex-Mas Feast” in its debut fiction issue. The interviewer asked him whether faith should play a role in fiction. His reply:

Since it is not something I can put away, my faith is important to me. I hope I am able to reveal the compassion of God in the faces of the people I write about. I think fiction has a way of doing this without being doctrinaire about it.

Granta interviewed Fr Akpan in 2008. The Rumpus spoke to him in February. And Entertainment Weekly has the first full “post-Oprah” interview.

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September 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm

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A priest feels the Oprah effect

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Oprah Winfrey has chosen a book of short stories by the Nigerian Jesuit priest Fr Uwem Akpan as her coveted 63rd book club selection. The talk show host said Say You’re One Of Them left her “stunned and profoundly moved”. Fr Akpan is pretty stunned, too, by the honour, which is likely to send his book to the top of the US bestseller list.

H/T NCRegister.com

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