Celebrate This Night

December 15, 2010

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the land,

Every creature was anticipating the celebration at hand.


The stockings are hung and the Christmas tree is trimmed,

And we all take a moment to slow down and find meaning within.


With all the hustle and bustle we often lose sight

Of the glory, majesty and wonder in this beautiful night.


With humility and love, He took on man’s form;

And all nature rejoiced when God was born.


He walked on this earth and talked of God’s love;

He spoke of God’s mercy and preformed signs from above.


Then the time came when He used more than words and signs;

The time came for Him to show God’s love to mankind.


He was sold by a friend for 30 pieces of silver,

And then beaten beyond all reasonable measure.


He was mocked, ridiculed, belittled and scorned,

And then they pressed on His head a crown of thorns.


His broken body struggled with the cross to Calvary,

Where they nailed Him to it and hoisted Him up for the whole world to see.


He hung on that tree in unimaginable pain,

And, when the time came, He gave up His spirit- the Lamb was slain.


The world shook and the veil in the temple tore,

For the covenant God made with Abraham was no more.


A new sacrifice was made; an unblemished lamb;

God’s blood had been poured out in a new covenant with man.


After three days, He walked on this earth again,

And showed us that perfect love conquers sin.


He showed us from the depths of His soul

What true love is and how to be whole.


The love that burns inside His Sacred Heart for man

Is greater than our minds can ever imagine.


So, we pause from the hustle and bustle we’ve created for this season,

And remember who we celebrate and His magnificent reason.


We dance in the love and joy He brought to this earth,

And rejoice in the glorious miracle of His birth.


By His stripes we are healed, by His death we are free;

All He asks from us is to love Him back for eternity.


So on this beautiful night, give Him the best present of all;

Give Him your heart and answer His call.

 Lori is a stay-at-home mom to her two boys and wife of a High School Band Director.  Originally from New Orleans, she was raised in the Southern Baptist Church and converted to the Catholic faith while in college.  When she has a rare free moment, she publishes her thoughts and musings at www.lorislifeandtimes.blogspot.com and is a columnist for www.catholicmom.com.

Bright Hope Launches ‘Season of Hope’ Campaign: Gifts That Change Lives for the Extreme Poor

December 7, 2010

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., (MetroCatholic) — This time of year is truly a season filled with hope, happiness, and amazing miracles. This is also a season of hope for the poor. Even in the poorest, darkest places that Bright Hope serves, this same hope fills the hearts of the poor. You can be a part of bringing hope to the poor by being a blessing to others through Bright Hope’s “Season of Hope” campaign.

Imagine a child looking forward to a hot meal every school day, freedom from malaria because of a simple mosquito net, the warmth of a single blanket as he sleeps at night, or a family to care for him. “These may be simple joys to us, but they are life-changing wonders for children in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” states Craig Dyer, Bright Hope President.

Your “Season of Hope” gift can bring hope through micro-loans and job training for many families. Such gifts can enable men to earn enough to sustain their families on their own. It can allow women to proudly display their handiwork of crafts, baked bread, sewing projects, and/or goods to be sold in their community - serving as a working example to their children and the entire village.

You can bring empowerment to the indigenous churches in the 10 countries Bright Hope serves. Distribution of Bibles in native languages and pastor/church support are discipleship in action. These churches are at the core of Bright Hope, delivering physical, economic, and spiritual hope to all they encounter. With your gift, the extreme poor will receive help through their church, directly experiencing miraculous blessings in their lives.

The “Season of Hope” catalog offers twelve gifts that can be given on behalf of a friend or loved one that will truly make a difference in the poorest parts of the world. These are gifts that will change lives by providing health, food, job opportunities and hope to people and communities ravaged by poverty - those living on less than $1 a day.

We also want helping the poor to be a fun and unique experience. Use the clever child’s “HopeCatcher” game that is available to help your children or grandchildren assemble the game and follow the instructions. Talk about the different options to support the poor this Christmas and choose the one(s) that best reflect your family or loved one’s gratitude to Jesus and obedience to His Word.

To order a gift that changes lives, place your order online at BrightHope.org by clicking on “Season of Hope,” or call Bright Hope at 224-520-6100.

All gifts given through the “Season of Hope” campaign are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Whoever is kind to the needy, honors God. Proverbs 14:31

Bright Hope is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization bringing Hope to those living on less than $1 a day.
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Pro-life Pioneer’s Home Damaged in Cowardly Pro-Abortion Attack

December 2, 2010

CHICAGO (MetroCatholic) — Operation Rescue was outraged to learn this morning that the home of long-time pro-life leader Joseph Scheidler was attacked in the middle of the night with bricks of asphalt being thrown through two front windows. One of the bricks contained a threatening note from an obvious abortion supporter bearing a message of hate. The attack occurred around 2:0 0 A.M.

“We denounce in the strongest terms the cowardly violence that shattered the peace of the Scheidler home last night,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We demand that that Attorney General Eric Holder order the Justice Department to launch an immediate investigation into this violent hate crime and to provide the same protections to Joseph and Ann Scheidler as they have in the past for unthreatened abortionists.”

There has been a recent increase in violence against peaceful pro-lifers. In September, 2009, activist Jim Pouillon was brutally murdered as he stood with a pro-life sign in front of a high school in Owosso, Michigan. Operation Rescue’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, has been repeatedly vandalized, and staff threatened in recent months. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, sidewalk counselors were threatened by a man at gunpoint and police later discovered a cache of weapons in the man’s vehicle.

“Joe and Ann Scheidler are pioneers in the pro-life movement whose knowledge and experience has benefitted everyone who has ever taken a stand for the lives of the pre-born,” said Newman. “Please join Operation Rescue in sending a special Christmas gift to the Scheidler’s today as a show of support and to help defray the cost of repairing the damage to their home.” Cards and letters can be sent to:

Joe and Ann Scheidler
Pro-Life Action League
6160 N. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Online donations can be made to them at https://ssl27.pair.com/ejs/plal/donations.php.

About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.

Bishops’ Website Offers Resources for Advent and Christmas Seasons Including Book of Reflections from Pope Benedict XVI

November 19, 2010

WASHINGTON (MwtroCatholic) — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is continuing its tradition of providing online resources for the Advent and Christmas seasons with suggestions for daily prayer, reading, reflection and action.

As a special spiritual gift this season, USCCB is providing a downloadable book of scriptural reflections for Advent and Christmas featuring the words of Pope Benedict XVI from his homilies, speeches and other addresses during his papacy.

The 37-page document includes a scripture quote and a reflection from the Holy Father for every day of Advent, which begins on Sunday, November 28, through the seventh day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31. “Advent & Christmas with Pope Benedict XVI” is a preview of the upcoming Vatican publication “A Year with Pope Benedict XVI,” which will be available from USCCB.

“This has become one of the more popular features on the bishops’ website,” said Helen Osman, secretary of communications for USCCB. “It is a great one-stop resource for families and individuals seeking ways to enter more deeply into the spirit of the Advent and Christmas seasons.”

Other material highlighted in the interactive online Advent and Christmas calendars is from the Vatican publication “Advent and Christmas with the Church Fathers” and “Reflections on Advent and Christmas: Cultivating the Gift of Self,” new releases which are available from USCCB.  A Festival of Lesson and Carols, which is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century, can be heard live online or downloaded for later listening. The audio program features music performed by the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The USCCB Advent/Christmas website also features videos in which Catholics discuss their favorite Old Testament stories, passages and characters.

Other resources on the website include a list of recommended holiday-themed movies, prayers and blessings from the USCCB publication Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, and suggestions for remembering the immigrants and the poor throughout the season.

The Advent/Christmas site (http://www.usccb.org/advent/) was created by the USCCB Department of Communications with funding from the Catholic Communication Campaign.

Celebrities Lend Their Voices to Bring Bible Alive

October 29, 2010

Over 70 actors spanning three continents create powerful, dramatized audio Bible

LOS ANGELES (MetroCatholic) — It’s the greatest story newly told. Actors from Hollywood, the West End, and beyond have breathed new life into the Good Book, bringing its power and inspiration to a whole new generation. You need only listen to Julia Ormond as “Mary” or Neal McDonough as “Jesus” (see them too at www.truthandlifebible.com) to hear sacred words from the distant past made current and so compelling — especially in an age when even many Christians know little of the Bible (according to a recent Pew survey) and have all but forgotten the stories and people it celebrates even during major holidays like Christmas.

Launching November 1, 2010 in time for the holidays, this 18-CD, 22-hour series called Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament boasts a huge talent of over 70 world-renowned actors such as Blair Underwood, Michael York, Stacy Keach, Malcolm McDowell, Kristen Bell, John Rhys-Davies, Sean Astin, and Brian Cox. The series was produced by New York Times bestselling author, broadcast journalist and producer Raymond Arroyo and legendary award-winning radio show producer Carl Amari, who is also president and CEO of Falcon Picture Group. Brenda Noel directed.

The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament is endorsed by the Vatican, bears the imprimatur of the archbishop of New York and includes a special foreword by Pope Benedict XVI.

Visit www.truthandlifebible.com to watch behind-the-scenes video of the celebrities performing their roles and to hear Luke Chapter 1 (Mary visited by an angel), Matthew Chapter 3 (Jesus is baptized) and Mark Chapter 5 (Jesus raises a little girl from the dead).

“They’re not just reading,” explains Arroyo, “these actors are performing, sharing these stories in the same way they were originally communicated — passed from person to person as part of an oral tradition. The stories come alive (think radio drama style with sound effects and original music), propelling us right into history, the way it might have happened.”

Describing his impetus for the project, co-producer Amari adds, “My children would ask me about a particular Bible passage, and I’d realize that I really didn’t know what it meant, even though I grew up in the Church.”

“It’s the delivery,” suggests Arroyo. “Reading or listening to Scripture being read is often a confusing, dull experience.” From the pulpit, it’s grounds for a snooze. “But performed like this,” he says, “you are thrown into the middle of the action. The Bible is suddenly not only understandable, but arresting and compelling.”

The Actors:
Neal McDonough as “Jesus,” Julia Ormond as “Mary, Mother of God,” Blair Underwood as “Mark,” Stacy Keach as “John,” Michael York as “Luke,” Brian Cox as the “Voice of God,” Sean Astin as “Matthew,” Kristen Bell as “Mary Magdalene,” Malcolm McDowell as “Caiaphas,” and John Rhys-Davies as the Narrator.

For interviews, contact: John Bianco, 413-848-1407, [email protected]

Jewish Artist to Draw ‘The Ultimate Portrait of Jesus,’ Sparking Excitement and Controversy

August 18, 2010

LOS ANGELES (MetroCatholic) — An artist who creates drawings made from dots, is embarking on his most ambitious project ever. It will involve the participation of Christians across the globe in the creation of perhaps the most extraodinary portrait of Jesus ever — The People’s Portrait of Christ.

It will take one million dots to create the image of Jesus, according to internationally renowned artist, David Ilan, who will be drawing each dot on the canvas.

What makes his artwork meaningful is that each dot in an Ilan drawing represents a real person. The drawing can only exist when people participate.

In Dots For Jesus, a mission to attract enough participants by midnight Christmas Eve, each dot represents a Christian. One dot = one believer.

Even before the first dot is drawn, it is being called “the ultimate portrait of Jesus.” It has also stirred up debate, with some asking, “Is it wrong for a Jewish artist to draw the ultimate portrait of Christ?”

As a Jew who was born in Israel, Ilan says he would never have predicted he would one day be the artist of a celebrated Christ portrait.

Elizabeth Carter, a worshipper at Church on the Way in Los Angeles, believes it’s better that the creator of the Christ portrait is not a Christian. “Why preach to the choir? It’s actually good that he’s Jewish, since he’s giving Christians a chance to tell him why we believe. As the drawing grows, so will his understanding. Jesus was a Jew from Israel, so what’s wrong with the artist being a Jew from Israel? He’s in good company!”

Each participant can attach a message to their dot answering the question: “Why Jesus?” Ilan sees himself as representing all non-Christians who are uninformed about Jesus Christ.

Another churchgoer, recording artist Chris Dane Owens, explained, “What excites me is that it starts with a blank slate on two levels. The Portrait begins as a blank canvas. But the artist, himself, is also a blank slate. He admits he knows very little about Jesus. By inviting Christians to teach him, it will shape his own beliefs. Every Christian should participate and make it their mission to spread the word. Spreading the word about this project is spreading the word about Jesus.”

To reserve your free dot, go to: www.DotsForJesus.com.

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New Catholic Children’s Book Series Launched by Ignatius Press and Magnificat

August 16, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO (MetroCatholic) — Ignatius Press and Magnificat have joined forces to launch a new line of beautifully illustrated, high quality, Catholic children’s books. These charming books will capture the imagination of children of various ages through delightful full-color illustrations, exciting stories from the Bible and lives of the saints, and simple yet powerful prayers.

Books for children of this quality are hard to come by - and when Ignatius Press discovered these books, published by Magnificat in France, they knew that they would be appreciated by parents in United States.

The first eight books of this series will be available in October 2010, featuring a variety of types of books for children of different ages. Three sturdy board books, “My First Prayers for My Family,” “My First Prayers for Christmas,” and “The Bible for Little Ones,” are geared towards young children. Two beautiful hardcover books, “John Mary Vianney: The Holy Cure of Ars” and “Bernadette: The Little Girl from Lourdes,” are perfect for older children and feature lovely watercolor illustrations and engaging text about these two treasured saints. Two other books, “The Adventures of Lupio, Volume 1: The Adventures and Other Stories,” and “The Illustrated Gospel for Children,” have fun, youthful but tasteful stories told in a comic book style. There is also the first volume in a series of coloring books entitled “Pictures from the Gospels: A Coloring Book.”

Ignatius Press is excited to partner with Magnificat, the publisher of the popular devotional, pocket size magazine that features daily Mass readings, meditations, and morning and evening prayers, to publish this new line of Catholic children’s books. Ignatius Press is well known as the primary English-language publisher of Pope Benedict XVI’s books. Ignatius also publishes several best-selling children’s catechisms, such as the popular “Faith and Life” series, and is a partner of Bethlehem Books. Their experience and success with other children’s products makes Ignatius Press confident that these new children’s books will have a wide appeal to Catholic families and children.

Anthony Ryan, Marketing Director for Ignatius Press, says, “Ignatius Press is honored and excited to be working with Magnificat to publish this new line of such high quality, beautifully designed Catholic books for children that have that wonderful combination of inspiring, informative text with such lovely artwork. Magnificat has earned a very high reputation in the USA since they launched their incredibly popular monthly worship aid, ‘Magnificat,’ and they have been publishing award-winning books in France for decades. We are very confident at Ignatius Press that this new collaboration with Magnificat will fill a real need for many more beautiful, outstanding Catholic books for children that will be greatly appreciated by the millions of Catholics, young and old, in North America.”

When the books are available in October 2010, there will be several ways to purchase them. Ignatius Press will distribute the books to the general trade, through their catalogues and online at www.ignatius.com

Magnificat will also be selling their books exclusively to their subscriber base.

Review copies of the books will be available in October. Anthony Ryan is available to give interviews which will provide a preview of this new series. For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)867-4180 or [email protected]

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Thank Him for Every Second

March 19, 2010

Little Elm, TX (MetroCatholic) - My sons Joel and Michael and my daughter Amanda will bury their maternal grandmother today.

Amanda was married this past November and Joel will be married next month. Michael, who will be 20 next month, moved to Texas and into my house this past Christmas.

Grief is something we all experience, and although there are psychological studies which show particular patterns or “stages” which affect us all, we respond differently and to varying degrees.

Things have been going well with Michael, and we have been particularly proud of how quickly he assimilated into the routines of our household. That said, Michael usually doesn’t feel comfortable expressing himself verbally. Of course this makes it difficult on occasion for me to accurately gauge his progress.

In the early hours of the morning this past Wednesday, Michael blogged about what was on his mind. With a few brief sentences, Michael helped me to see (once again) that God is control and has His hand on my family. Thank you Lord…again.

While the Lord comes down to take our family and friends. Know that life on Earth is temporary, our life in Heaven is timeless and is forever filled with happiness It is our job to keep living life remembering those we have lost but also not to let it hold us back. Be happy, for when He comes to you and ask if your time on Earth was pleasant you can tell Him that it was wonderful and thank Him for every second.

Michael Paul Vogt

Time: 1:35A.M. Date: March 17, 2010

Alice in Wonderland (Review)

March 8, 2010

The prospect of being led through Lewis Carroll’s looking-glass by director Tim Burton is liable to fill Catholic moviegoers with a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

While eagerly anticipating how the talented Burton will render the world imagined in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass, And What Alice Found There” (1872), one also fears Burton might overwhelm Carroll’s literary touchstones with his macabre sensibility.

Very loosely inspired by, but not recklessly departing from, those two influential books, “Alice in Wonderland” (Disney) — which mixes animation and live action — is neither an occasion for dread nor a cause for elation. Presented in 3-D, the movie’s aesthetic impact is lessened by the lack of a coherent style and visuals that never take your breath away.
On the plus side, it’s not as dark or unsettling an entertainment as might be expected from the filmmaker behind the unrelentingly bloody “Sweeney Todd,” the morose “Corpse Bride” or the ghoulish animated feature “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Even so, the youngest audience members are likely be frightened at times; and the potential exists for viewers of all ages to be flummoxed by certain passages. Such is the nature of Carroll’s nonsense classic. But — besides being a visual hodgepodge and not especially dazzling to the eye — the movie also underwhelms by obscuring the verbal whimsy. Though there are humorous bits, the fairy tale’s gobbledygook charm has been muted in favor of an adventure story line centering on a brave, grown-up heroine.

In contrast to Burton and his technical collaborators not being able to find their footing designwise, screenwriter Linda Woolverton succeeds in fashioning a proto-feminist story, albeit one that generally retains Carroll’s Christian outlook. The first step Woolverton took toward that end was making Alice (Mia Wasikowska) a 19-year-old. Prior to tumbling down the rabbit hole, Alice is shown being pressured into an arranged marriage with an aristocrat. Fleeing the garden party where the engagement is to be announced, she arrives in a subterranean realm called Underland, a truly strange environment yet one familiar from the recurring dreams she’s had since she was a child.

There, Alice encounters Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, in his seventh collaboration with Burton), and various frazzled fauna such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse and the Blue Caterpillar. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) is in power, having feuded with her sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). Aided by the Knave (Crispin Glover), this childish despot has enslaved the animals and visited a chaotic blight upon Underland.

Alice is compelled to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror by vanquishing a dragon called the Jabberwocky. Much as the Pevensie children are in the two recent “Chronicles of Narnia” movies, she is a savior figure with latent martial skills. Alice is also an intellectual rebel who challenges convention, all the while concerned about her own mental stability, given the bizarre experiences she’s having.

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of the Rev. Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician, and the broad strokes of Rev. Dodgson’s High Anglican faith are discernable in the film. Most prominently, well before Alice — clad in armor and blond locks flowing — appears to fell the Jabberwocky, parallels to St. Joan of Arc are unavoidable. In addition to the French warrior, Alice can be interpreted as the female equivalent of England’s dragon-slaying patron, St. George. Her story comes to a more pleasant earthly end than either martyr’s did, however. At the conclusion of “Alice in Wonderland,” she is depicted as an intrepid explorer with an innovative, entrepreneurial streak.

Along with the overhauled plot, the movie’s Disney imprimatur may account for Burton’s restraint. For example, he refrains from teasing out any drug references or otherwise indulging in the more surreal, avant-garde qualities that have drawn many artists to “Alice in Wonderland” over the years.
The film contains many elements of fantasy action and violence that might scare young children, including a skewered animal eyeball, human characters striking one another, images of mild animal cruelty, some discussion of beheadings, as well as a character smoking a water pipe and one instance of light profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.


Movies have been evaluated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Office for Film and Broadcasting according to artistic merit and moral suitability. The reviews include the USCCB rating, the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and a brief synopsis of the movie.

The reviews can be heard by calling 1-800-311-4CCC. The movie review line is updated each Friday and includes information about six theater releases and a Family Video of the Week. For a full review of recent films, check your local Catholic diocesan newspaper.->The classifications are as follows:

  • A-I — general patronage;
  • A-II — adults and adolescents;
  • A-III — adults;
  • A-IV**
  • L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. L replaces the previous classification, A-IV.
  • O — morally offensive.

** Discontinued classification. All archived movies that were originally in the A-IV category are now classified as L.



March 3, 2010

VATICAN CITY, 2 MAR 2010 (VIS) - The annual meeting of the Joint Committee for Dialogue of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the Permanent Committee of al-Azhar for Dialogue among the Monotheistic Religions, was held in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo on 23 and 24 February.

At the end of the meeting Sheikh Muhammad Abd al-Aziz Wasil, “wakil” (representative in juridical issues) of al-Azhar and president of the Permanent Committee for Dialogue, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, signed a joint declaration.

The declaration explains how “the participants were received by Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, grand imam of al-Azhar, whom Cardinal Tauran thanked for having condemned the acts of violence in which six Christians and a Muslim policeman died in Naga Hamadi, Egypt, during the Orthodox Christmas, and for having expressed solidarity with the victims’ families and reaffirmed the equality of rights and duties of all citizens, regardless of their religious confession. For his part, Sheikh Tantawi said he only did what he thought his duty in the face of those tragic events”.

During its meeting the joint committee examined the theme: “The phenomenon of confessional violence: understanding the phenomenon and its causes, and proposing solutions with particular reference to the role of religions in this field”.

At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed on the following recommendations: “to pay greater attention to the fact that the manipulation of religion for political or other ends can be a source of violence; to avoid discrimination on the basis of religious identity; to open hearts to mutual forgiveness and reconciliation, which is a necessary condition for peaceful and fruitful coexistence”.

They also called “for similarities to be recognised and differences respected as the prerequisite of a culture of dialogue, based on shared values; for both sides again to commit themselves to recognising and respecting the dignity of each human being, without distinction of ethnicity or religion; for religious discrimination in all fields to be opposed (just laws should guarantee fundamental equality); for ideals of justice, solidarity and co-operation to be promoted in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous life for everyone”.

The participants likewise undertook “to oppose with determination any act that tends to create tension, division and conflict in societies; to promote a culture of mutual respect and dialogue through education in families, schools, churches and mosques, spreading a spirit of fraternity between all persons and the community; to oppose attacks against religions by social communications media, especially satellite channels, considering the dangerous effects these transmissions can have on social cohesion and peace among religious communities”.

Finally, the members of the joint committee called for steps to be taken “to ensure that the preaching of religious leaders, as well as school education and textbooks, do not contains declarations or references to historical events that, directly or indirectly, may arouse violent reactions among the followers of different religions”.

The joint committee also announced that its next meeting will be held in Rome on 23 and 24 February 2011.

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