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BustedHalo.com interviews Anne Rice about her Catholic faith; video of interview with Anne Rice

Bill McGarvey of BustedHalo.com conducted this interview with Anne Rice.

See more clips from the interview here.

Kidnappings, deaths in Iraq throughout Holy Week

There has been no rest for Iraqi Christians following last week’s burial of the kidnapped and murdered Chaldean Archbishop Paulus Faraj Rahho.

Kirkuk’s Chaldean Archbishop Luis Sako told Compass Direct News that he knows of “people threatened, people kidnapped, people killed, this Holy Week.”

“We could close our churches in Mosul to protect ourselves and say to everyone that we don’t accept the situation,” Dominican Father Najeeb Mikhail said to Compass Direct News. “Or we can hold all the celebrations, and maybe we will receive some bombs or attacks.”

During a Monday mass celebrated in the memory of Archbishop Rahho, Pope Benedict XVI said, “These are the days in which we re-live the last moments in Jesus’ earthly life: tragic hours, full of love and fear, especially in the disciples’ souls.”

Funeral mass for Iraqi Archbishop

As we reported yesterday with the help of our affiliate Compass Direct News, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Paulus Faraj Rahho, was found dead Thursday, two weeks after he was kidnapped.

Mourners attended a two-hour funeral mass today.

During the mass, “The patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic church, Emmanuel III Delly, tearfully urged Christians on Friday not to seek revenge for the death of the archbishop of Mosul, whose body was found in a shallow grave two weeks after being kidnapped,” reported AFP in this article.

The BBC has a brief story here.

Reuters UK has more details here.

Chaldean Christians belong to a branch of the Roman Catholic Church. An estimated 800,000 Chaldean Christians live in Iraq.

CDC’s report on teen girls with STDs considered with No. 2 song on iTunes

Google News headline, March 11, 2008: ‘Quarter of U.S. teen girls have sex-related disease;’ main link goes to a Reuters article

No. 2 song on iTunes, March 11, 2008: “Love in this Club” by Usher, featuring Young Jeezy; excerpts from lyrics available on several Web sites

26 percent of U.S. girls, ages 14-19, are infected with at least one sexually related disease, the Centers for Disease Control reported today

I wanna make love in this club, in this club, in this club

20 percent of white teen girls have a sex-related disease

On the couch, on the table, on the bar, on the floor

48 percent of black teen girls have a sex-related disease

Let’s both get undressed right here

20 percent of Hispanic teen girls have a sex-related disease

Imma give it to ya non-stop

“This means far too many young women are at risk for the serious health effects of untreated STDs, including infertility and cervical cancer,” said the CDC’s Dr. Sara Forhan.

-Colin Foote Burch

(Read the CNN version of the story here.)

Recommended reading: Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination

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At LiturgicalCredo.com, we love to find Web sites that explore the intersections of faith and culture.

Toward that end, check out GodSpy.com. The editors pick topics inside current events and give them a thoroughly Catholic analysis. GodSpy offers a strong point of view within an accessible, friendly tone. Any spiritual seeker, journalist, believer, or academic will want to keep an eye on GodSpy.

Malaysian government threatens censorship

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Catholic newspaper and an evangelical church have brought lawsuits against the government after authorities ruled against use of the word “Allah” in Christian publications. The government had threatened the Herald, a 13-year-old Catholic weekly, with closure. Following protests by the Christian community, the Herald’s printing permit was renewed just two days prior to expiration. At the same time, the Evangelical Church of Borneo (Sidang Injil Borneo, or SIB) has challenged a government decision to prohibit importation of Christian educational materials for children containing the word “Allah.” A court hearing on the case scheduled for December 27 was postponed until January 16 pending efforts by outside parties to resolve the matter. In its lawsuit, SIB argues that Christian use of “Allah” predates Islam, as the word is used for God in the old as well as modern Arabic Bibles.

-Compass Direct News

Hindu extremists attack Christians on Christmas Eve

NEW DELHIAt least four Christians are feared dead, many injured and more than 50 churches and 200 homes are either destroyed or damaged in Orissa state in anti-Christian violence that began Christmas Eve. Violence by Hindu extremists continues in some pockets despite the state imposing a curfew and deploying hundreds of police officers. Extremists have pursued Christian leaders into forests where they fled. The Delhi Catholic Archdiocese fears a repeat of 1998 attacks on Christians in Gujarat, followed the next year by the burning alive of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his sons in Orissa.

-Compass Direct News