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Oh, what a holiday treat

HOME: Starring (Voices of) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Tim Johnson. Rated PG (Mild threat) 90 minutesBy John Mulderig PARENTS looking for acceptable holiday entertainment for the kids will probably be satisfied with the lightweight animated adventure “Home”. Whether viewers young or old will remember anything about this merely passable picture for too long, however, is ... Read More »

Bend low

TO enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down”, Pope Francis said in his Easter message. “Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands pilgrims in St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday (April 5). At the end of ... Read More »

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Pope Francis

FOR a “good Easter”, Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must “enter into the mystery” of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus’ feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said. During his general audience yesterday (April 1), he also recalled the “true martyrs” of today, men and women who “offer their ... Read More »

Family bonds endure in tale

THE BOOK OF LIFE: Starring (voices of) Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Rated PG (Mild themes and animated violence) 95 minutes. By Joseph McAleer WHO knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, November 2, is the backdrop for ... Read More »

Christian leaders call for end to ‘profound evil’ of the death penalty

Death penalty

HUNDREDS of Christian religious leaders of various churches signed onto a Holy Week call to end the death penalty in the United States. “Torture and execution is always a profound evil, made even more abhorrent when sanctioned by the government in the name of justice when other means of protecting society are available,” said the statement released yesterday (March 31). ... Read More »

‘Message of mercy’

A NEW airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016. “It’s still 16 months to go, but the planning is well advanced,” Monsignor Bronislaw Fidelus, a co-organiser of the event scheduled for July 26-Augast ... Read More »

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, Pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Palm Sunday

FROM modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily”, following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel. In overcoming the daily temptations of power and pride, the Pope said at Palm Sunday Mass, Christians can look to those who, “in silence and hiddenness, sacrifice ... Read More »

New life for Cinderella

CINDERELLA: Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated G (Very mild themes) 113 minutes  By Joseph McAleer CINDERELLA injects vibrant new life into a venerable fairytale. The result is an exuberant live-action retelling of the oft-filmed fable, the most famous screen version of which is Disney’s classic 1950 animated feature. Opting for ... Read More »

Aid groups stretched to help 120,000 displaced in southern Philippines

Makeshift training rifles

CATHOLIC relief workers and religious communities are aiding thousands of people displaced by military manoeuvres designed to root out a Muslim rebel faction on Mindanao. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said on March 20 that more than 120,000 residents fled their homes in towns throughout Maguindanao province on the island in the Muslim-majority southern Philippines. The commission said ... Read More »

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