The Georgia Bulletin's Most Read Local Stories in 2011.

From the Catholic center moving OTP and shiny new iPads for students to a new bishop selected from among Atlanta priests, there were no shortage of events, people and stories covered by the “Georgia Bulletin” in 2011. Here are the seven most read stories on our website.

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  1. Georgia legislators passed a controversial law that cracks down on illegal immigration.

     

    A federal judge later issued an injunction prohibiting local police from checking the immigration status of suspects. The judge also halted a provision outlawing the transport of illegal immigrants.

     

    It required businesses to verify with a federal database that a person was eligible to work in the United States.  

  2. Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, a former pastor at the parishes of St. Philip Benizi and St. John Vianney in the Atlanta Archdiocese, became the 14th bishop of the Diocese of Savannah.

    A Conventual Franciscan priest, Bishop Hartmayer had served around Atlanta for 16 years. 

  3. Eighth grade students at six Catholic schools in the archdiocese started the new school year with new technology. 

     

    The students were given iPads to replace all their textbooks for the year. 

     

    The price tag for the new technology is being picked up by two private foundations, one founded by an alumnus of Immaculate Heart of Mary School. The grant, valued at approximately $250,000, paid for all the hardware, including 300 touch-screen tablet computers and other accessories.

  4. The headquarters of the Atlanta Archdiocese moved out of its home in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta to Smyrna.

     

    Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory made the move a priority because it allowed the different departments that serve the people of the archdiocese to be under one roof.  

  5. Atlanta’s only Catholic hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, was sold to Emory Healthcare.

     

    The hospital and related entities, Saint Joseph’s Translational Research Institute, Saint Joseph’s Medical Group, Saint Joseph’s Service Corp. and Saint Joseph’s East Georgia in Greensboro, are being sold to the new parent company

     

    The Sisters of Mercy established the hospital in 1880. Officials said the mission of the hospital would continue, although it will no longer be a Catholic affiliated.  

  6. Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama has been outspoken in his opposition to the new state immigration bill. He, along with other Georgia bishops, were unsuccessful in their work to defeat the legislation, known as HB87.

    Bishop Zarama said from his perspective as a pastor who works in multicultural and multilingual parishes, the law’s shadow aims “to make us afraid to keep serving our people . . . to make me afraid to spend time with them.“

    “That is awful,” he said.

  7. Radio personalities Greg and Jennifer Willits, who host “The Catholics Next Door” on SiriusXM satellite radio, filmed a pilot for a new TV series: a humorous Catholic sitcom reflecting family life and its rewards and struggles.

  8. Here's the pilot for the program from Youtube:
  9. Mass Confusion (an original sitcom from The CatholicTV® Network)
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