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					                                                                                                          NAT IONA L CAT HOL IC R EGIST ER , A PR I L 25, 2010

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                         India’s Guidelines                                                                          Notable Quotables                                                                                                            Women’s Studies Revamped
                         Leaders of the Indian bishops’ conference will                                              Excerpts from a series of essays from our website,                                                                           AVOW International Center will offer seminars in
                         discuss guidelines for handling allegations of clerical                                     NCRegister.com, in the days leading up to and                                                                                New York state designed to help Catholic women
                         sexual abuse and disciplining priests during an April                                       following Benedict XVI’s anniversary date of April 19.                                                                       “make a positive impact on our culture and society.”
                         25 meeting.                                                                                 Vatican, page 5                                                                                                              Education, page 13
                         World, page 4




                                                     Timeline of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontificate
                                                                             2005                                                             2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   June 13 Breaks protocol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to receive President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   George W. Bush at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Vatican with unprec-
                                                                             April 2 Pope John Paul II dies.                                  Jan. 25 The encyclical Deus Caritas Est is promulgated.                                                                              edented honors.
                                                                             April 8 Celebrates John Paul’s funeral, thought to be            March Begins to downsize the Curia by merging four                                                                                   June 28 Opens the
                                                                             the most-watched live event in the history of television.        pontifical councils into two and by beginning to assign                                                                               Pauline Year with vespers
                                                                             Virtually all Italy-based Web pages covering the event           multiple executive duties to individual bishops.                                                                                     at Rome’s Basilica of St.
                                                                             crash under heavy traffic.
                                                                                                                                              May 25-28 Stops by many of the places associated                                                                                     Paul Outside the Walls.
                                                                             April 18 Speaks of a “dictatorship of relativism” during         with the life of Pope John Paul II while visiting Poland.                                                                            July 13-21 Visits Aus-
                                                                             the homily at the Mass to begin the papal conclave.
                                                                                                                                              June 22 Names Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Secretary of                                                                                 tralia to participate in
                                                                             April 19 Elected 265th Pope.                                     State.                                                                                                                               World Youth Day. Makes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a historic full apology for
                                                                             April 21 Announces his e-mail address: benedictxvi@              July 8-9 Visits Spain for the Fifth World Meeting of                                                                                 child sex abuse on July
                                                                             vatican.va.                                                      Families.                                                                                                                            18 during a Mass with
                                                                             April 24 Celebrates his Papal Inauguration Mass.                 Sept. 9-14 More than half a million people participate                                                                               3,400 persons.
                                                                                                           May 9 Opens the beati-             in outdoor Masses during a trip to Germany.                                               Sept. 8 Sends a message to members of the social
                                                                                                           fication process for John           Sept. 12 Delivers “The Regensburg Adrress” entitled                                       networking site XT3.com — a first in papal history —
                                                                                                           Paul II.                           “Faith, Reason and the University.” The controversy the                                   and signs it “BXVI.”
                                                                                                           June 28 Approves the               speech causes leads to violence and vandalism around                                      Sept. 12-15 Travels to France to commemorate the
                                                                                                           Compendium of the                  the Muslim world.                                                                         150th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions.
                                                                                                           Catechism of the Catholic          Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Unprecedented security measures                                            Oct. 22 The first volume of Joseph Ratzinger’s “Com-
                                                                                                           Church for publication.            protect the Holy Father during a trip to Turkey, where                                    plete Works” is published in German.
                                                                                                           Aug. 18-21 Visits Germany          he prays silently alongside Grand Mufti Cagrici in Istan-
                                                                                                                                              bul’s Blue Mosque.                                                                        Oct. 26 Celebrates Mass to open the Synod on the
                                                                                                           for the 20th World Youth


                                                                                                                                             2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Word of God.
                                                                                                           Day in Cologne.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nov. 11 Receives a phone call from President Obama
                                                                                                           Oct. 23 Canonizes five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in thanks for his telegram of congratulations on his
                                                                                                           new saints at a Mass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        election.
                                                                                                           closing the Year of the


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2009
                                                                                                           Eucharist and the Synod of         Feb. 22 The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Sacra-
                                                                                                           Bishops on the Eucharist.          mentum Caritatis, on the Eucharist, is signed.

                                                                             Dec. 22 Explains his vision for the interpretation of            May 9-13 Visits Brazil to address CELAM, the Latin
                                                                             Vatican II — a “hermeneutic of continuity” — in an ad-           American Bishops’ Council.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jan. 5 Listed by Newsweek as No. 37 on the list of the
                                                                             dress to the Roman Curia.                                        May 15 The Pope’s book Jesus of Nazareth hits stores                                      world’s most influential people.
                                                                                                                                              in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jan. 23 Launches a Vatican channel on YouTube.
                                                                                                                                              May 27 Signs a letter to Chinese Catholics to show his
                                                                                                                                              support and encourage growth in unity.                                                    Jan. 24 Lifts the excommunication of four Lefebvrist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bishops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feb. 1 Patriarch Kirill is elected to head the Russian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Orthodox Church, bringing new hope for improved rela-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tions between Rome and Moscow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        March 12 An intensely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        personal letter defend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing his handling of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lefebvrist schism is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        released.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        March 16 Announces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that a Year for Priests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        will be celebrated from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        June 19, 2009, to June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19, 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        March 17-23 Travels to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cameroon and Angola.
                                                                                                                                              June 9 Receives President George W. Bush in audience
                                                                                                                                              at the Vatican.                                                                           May 8-15 Visits Jordan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Israel and the Palestin-
                                                                                                                                              July 7 The “motu proprio” letter Summorum Pontifi-                                         ian Territories, where
                                                                                                                                              cum, expanding the use of the Extraordinary Form of                                       he condemns Holocaust
                                                                                                                                              the Roman Missal, is promulgated.                                                         denials and calls for
                                                                                                                                              July 13 Announces that the Vatican will become the                                        cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis.
                                                                                                                                              world’s first “carbon-neutral” state by planting a forest                                  May 20 The Ryan Report on clerical sex abuse in Ire-
                                                         FROM IGNATIUS PRESS                                                                  in Hungary to offset its carbon emissions and installing
                                                                                                                                              solar panels on Paul VI Hall.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        land is published.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        June 21 Visits the tomb of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni
                                                                                                                                              Sept. 7-9 Visits Austria.                                                                 Rotondo in southern Italy.
                                                                 Ignatius Press is proud to publish some of the                               Oct. 13 Receives a letter from 138 Muslim scholars                                        July 7 The encyclical Caritas in Veritate, on problems
                                                                 very best in contemporary fiction as well as                                  from 43 countries on dialogue between Christianity and                                    related to global development, is promulgated.
                                                                 reprints of classic Catholic novels.                                         Islam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        July 10 Receives President Barack Obama in audience
                                                                                                                                              Oct. 28 Beatifies 498 martyrs from the Spanish Civil                                       at the Vatican and confers privately with him for half an
                                                                 To see more best-selling works, go online to                                 War in a ceremony at the Vatican, setting an all-time                                     hour.
                                                                                                                                              record for a single ceremony.
                                                                 www.ignatius.com or call 1-800-651-1531 and                                                                                                                            July 17 Falls and breaks his wrist while on vacation.
                                                                 ask for a free copy of our catalog.                                          Nov. 30 The encyclical Spe Salvi, on the virtue of hope,                                  Spends six weeks in a cast.
                                                                                                                                              is promulgated.



                                                                                                                                              2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sept. 26-28 Visits the Czech Republic, one of the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        atheistic countries in the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nov. 4 Signs the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coetibus on personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering
                                                                                                                                              Jan. 17 A planned visit to Rome’s public La Sapienza                                      into full communion with the Catholic Church.
                                                                                                                                              University is canceled when 67 faculty members pro-                                       Nov. 26 The Murphy Report, analyzing bishops’
                                                                                                                                              test that the Pope is “hostile” to science. The protest is                                handling of clerical sex abuse allegations in Ireland, is
                                                                                                                                              condemned by most Italian politicians and academics.                                      published.
                                                                                                                                              Feb. 5 Modifies the prayer for the Jewish people prayed                                    Dec. 19 Awards the title “Servant of God” to Popes
    THEOPHILOS                              THE LOSER LETTERS                       THE LAST CRUSADER                                         in the Good Friday liturgy.
    A Novel by Michael D. O’Brien           A Comic Tale of Life,                   A Novel about                                                                                                                                       John Paul II and Pius XII, recognizing their heroic virtue.
                                                                                                                                              March 19 An audio message from Osama bin Laden                                            2009 2.2 million people attend public audiences and
    S   t. Luke addressed his Gospel
        and Acts of the Apostles to an
                                            Death and Atheism
                                            Mary Eberstadt
                                                                                    Don Juan of Austria
                                                                                    Louis de Wohl
                                                                                                                                              claiming that the Pope “has played a large, lengthy                                       liturgical celebrations at the Vatican.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2010
                                                                                                                                              role” in a “new Crusade” against Islam is posted on a
    unknown man named Theophi-
    los. In this novel, Theophilos is
    the skeptical but beloved adop-
                                            A    wickedly witty satire, The
                                                 Loser Letters chronicles the
                                            conversion of a young adult
                                                                                    D    on Juan, one of history’s
                                                                                         most triumphant, inspiring
                                                                                    heroes, is reborn in this opulent
                                                                                                                                              militant website.
                                                                                                                                              April 15-20 During his visit to the United States, he is
                                                                                                                                              received at the White House on his 81st birthday, meets
    tive father of Luke. Challenged         Christian to atheism. A. F. Chris-      novel. De Wohl paints in brilliant                        with sex abuse victims from the Boston Archdiocese,                                       Jan. 17 Visits the synagogue of Rome.
    by the startling accounts of the        tian’s open letters to the “spokes-     color vivid scenes at the Court                           addresses the United Nations General Assembly, visits
    “Christos” received from Luke           men of the New Atheism” ex-             of King Philip, Juan’s campaign                           Ground Zero, and celebrates Mass at Nationals Park and                                    March 20 A pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland
    and concerned for the zealous                                                                                                             Yankee Stadium.                                                                           on the abuse crisis is published.
                                            plain her reasons for rejecting         against barbaric Moriscos in An-
    young man’s fate, Theophilos,           God and the logical consequenc-         dalusia, and the amazing climat-
    a Greek physician and agnos-            es of that choice. Along the way        ic victory at Lepanto where he
    tic, embarks on a search to bring       she offers pithy advice to famous       saved the Christian world from
    Luke home. Thus begins an epic          atheists such as Richard Dawkins        Islamic dominance. A novel of
    journey taking him deep into the        and Christopher Hitchens, in the        high adventure that brings to life
    war between nations and em-             hope of helping them win over           the turbulent 16th century with
    pires, truth and myth, good and         more Christians.                        its wickedness and piety, sins of
    evil, and unexpected dimensions           “As a Christian humorist, Mary        pride and conquest, its seething
    of his very self.                        Eberstadt is the rightful heir and     heresies, and its great faith.
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    tured, lush and convincing. O’Brien’s   heroine in The Loser Letters is the     Chesterton’s ‘last knight of Europe’
      prose is hauntingly provocative,      legitimate child (or perhaps grand-        is transformed into de Wohl’s
           lyrical, and compelling.”              child) of ‘the patient’ in         ‘last crusader’ . . . exhilarating!”
            — David Lyle Jeffrey                  The Screwtape Letters.”                     — Joseph Pearce
                                                      — P.J. O’Rourke
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