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By Dan Merica, CNN
From the Blog:
CNN: Israel’s backers step up efforts to win African-American support
Inside a former Seventh-day Adventist church, there were the beginnings of what some hope is a budding relationship between American blacks and Jews, with a major assist from some Christian Zionists.
CNN: On Sunday, Catholic Mass won’t sound the same
If you’re Catholic, mass this Sunday will sound different for the first time in nearly half a century. You’ll hear it in the prayers of both the people and the priests.
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@CNNBelief’s follow of the day: @sojourners provides a constant, insightful look into how faith and social justice work together both inside and outside places of worship.
Vatican Radio: Pope Benedict XVI on climate change: a credible response is needed
Pope Benedict XVI appealed for the success of a UN climate change conference that is opening tomorrow in Durban, South Africa.
BBC: Islamist PJD party wins Morocco poll
Morocco's moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) has won the most seats in Friday's parliamentary elections, final results confirm. The interior ministry said the PJD took 107 out of 395 seats, giving it the right to lead a government.
The Daily Best: Evangelicals Flocking Toward Newt Gingrich
Like many evangelicals in Iowa, Steve Deace, an influential conservative radio host, is wrestling with the possibility that Newt Gingrich may be the most viable standard bearer for family-values voters in the next election. It’s a conundrum, he says, that many others are also grappling with. "Maybe the guy in the race that would make the best president is on his third marriage," he says. "How do we reconcile that?"
Religion News Service: Workplace religious complaints double in last decade
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics show that religious discrimination complaints in workplace settings have more than doubled from a little over a decade ago, resulting in roughly $10 million in settlements. Last year, nearly 3,800 were filed.
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These efforts were “money thrown at the wind, firstly, because Judas is not the most respected biblical figure among our people, and secondly, it would be better if they used this money to pay off their national debt and stop conducting an ineffective and costly foreign policy."
Vladamir Putin on what he says is a concerted effort by Western powers to give money to other nations in order to create political discontent in Russia.
the second most popular person in America, just behind Abraham Lincoln, a recent Public Policy Polling survey found. Ninety one percent of Americans view Lincoln favorably, and Jesus weighs in at 90 percent.
Reactions to the first new translation of Roman Catholic Mass in over 40 years, which officially debuted Sunday, were decidedly mixed. Here's a sampling from Twitter:
Happy New Missal Translation Advent Sunday!
I love the new translation!
I preached about the new missal yesterday – on the process that led it, its flawed wording &theology and got great feedback
It seems to me the only way to solve the Missal debate is to go back to the Latin 🙂
The new translation of the Roman #missal makes for a funny awkward #mass. Priest & parish laughing as we all missed new lines. #catholicism
How did you do with the new 3rd Missal today?
The new liturgical texts of the Mass will help us to be alert and watchful in preparing to celebrate Our Lord's birth at Christmas.
Getting mixed reviews from tweeps re new Mass. Most on our feed dislike but getting a few positive reviews.
Reading blogs and news reports, it seemed that awkwardness reigned for both fans and critics of the new Missal:
Influential Catholic blog Whispers in the Loggia put it this way:
...maybe it's not too surprising that the early reax are running the gamut, from servers' complaints over the weight of the new Missal, to congregations that laughed and smiled their way through the expected bumps of the changes, to a priest of some three decades who - saying that he was "very nervous" going in - wrote of "feeling like a slave to the book." "But worse," he added, "at least for the first time, I forgot to pray. When I finished the consecration of the 'chalice' I felt cold."
National Catholic Register blogger Tim Drake writes that the new Mass translation tripped up parishioners and priests alike:
The most noticeable faux pas were the automatic instincts of the congregants to say “And also with you” at the very beginning of Mass, and at the very end. In the beginning of Mass, our priest smiled at the discordant responses and said, “Let’s try that again.”
For more on the new Missal translation:
Washington Post: Catholic Mass changes don’t upset faithful
Ask any Catholic, or better yet, just greet her with “The Lord be with you.” Nine times out of 10, the memorized, instinctive response is: “And also with you.” As of Sunday, that answer is wrong.
St. Peter’s List: 10 News Articles on the New Translation
Grievous faults, spirits, and parishioners pronouncing consubstantial, the new translation of the mass is here in all its divine and human elements. The following is but a brief sampling of the media’s reaction.
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