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Holy Fatherly advice

By Laura Ieraci POPE Francis has urged separated parents to “never, never, never take a child hostage” by speaking ill of the other parent. Speaking during his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 20, the Pope said he recognised that being separated was “a trial” but added that “children must not be the ones to carry the weight ... Read More »

Star cast in fading light

DANNY COLLINS: Starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Dan Fogelman. Rated M (Mature themes, coarse language, drug use and nudity) By Kurt Jensen A FLAT, vaguely fact-based blend of comedy and drama, “Danny Collins” has nothing new to say about the corrosive effects of fame and vast wealth. As for the saccharine dialogue ... Read More »

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

By Rhina Guidos SOME thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians. “Blessed Romero is another brilliant ... Read More »

Martyred for love

By Rhina Guidos IF there’s a place in need of salvation at this moment, it’s this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it prepared to mark one of the biggest events in its history – yesterday’s (May 23) beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero – El Salvador, which in Spanish means “the saviour”, is in the midst of one ... Read More »

US Trappist monks say beer brewing enhances American monastic life

By Chaz Muth THE whoosh of the beer tap opening, the gentle glug of the golden brew pouring into the goblet and the sizzle of the foaming mousse are joyous sounds to Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo’s ears as he prepares to savour the signature ale created in his monastery’s brewery. The monk – swathed in his trademark black-and-white habit – ... Read More »

Heroes lose their way

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Joss Whedon. Rated M (Action violence). 141 minutes By John Mulderig THE seemingly ever-expanding media universe centred on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Occasional flashes of wit relieve the endless ... Read More »

Pope gives coaches a game plan for life lessons

COACHES need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. Like any good educator, a good coach or trainer was extremely important in helping kids develop into mature, well-balanced and well-rounded adults, he said. Instilled with solid values and Christian faith, athletes can help prevent sports from becoming distorted by “pressure ... Read More »

Force of faith

New Swiss Guards march after their swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz WEARING armour and carrying mediaeval-era weaponry – halberds and swords – is not enough. Pope Francis told Swiss Guards they should always be armed with a pocket-edition of the Gospel and a rosary. In addition to serving and protecting the pope, a Swiss Guard “is a Christian with genuine faith”, he told members of the corps on ... Read More »

‘Christ among us’

By Paul Jeffrey BEHIND the blue-helmeted United Nations soldiers ringing the periphery, their tanks and heavy weapons pointed outward, Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano’s parish is a tightly packed maze of tents and tarpaulins filled with people hiding from war. Fr Bassano is the only priest amid the 25,000 civilians who live inside the civilian protection area of the UN base ... Read More »

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