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Music is the ‘bright spot’

JERSEY BOYS: Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, Steven R. Schirripa. Directed by Clint Eastwood. 134 minutes. Rated M (Frequent coarse language) By John P. McCarthy SUCCESS on the stage does not easily translate into success on screen, particularly for a musical. And yet if the tunes are enjoyable, all is not lost. That’s ... Read More »

Divine Mercy is focus of official logo, prayer of World Youth Day 2016

WYD 2016 logo

THE official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled in the event’s host city – Krakow, Poland –by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The Vatican released the information on the same day, July 3. The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are the merciful, for ... Read More »

Pope urges complete ban on producing, using land mines

Landmine victim

LANDMINES wound innocent civilians, “prolong war and nurture fear” long after conflicts have ended, Pope Francis told delegates working on the full implementation of an international treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel mines. “Reduce the stockpile of weapons! Ban weapons that have no reason for existing in human society and instead invest in education, healthcare, saving our planet ... Read More »

Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

Israeli funeral

POPE Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found on June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the Pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon on July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally ... Read More »

Social ills are result of political, not just moral failures, Pope says

Pope Francis

MANY of today’s social ills are driven by a lack of adequate social policies and government support, not just selfishness and moral degradation, Pope Francis said. And, he added, standing up for the poor and disenfranchised was not a sign of being a communist, but was the mark of a true Christian. “The communists stole our cause. Rallying for the ... Read More »

Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite tough conditions

Iraqi child

THOUSANDS of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighbouring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda told Catholic News Service about “90 per cent of the families are returning to the villages of Qaraqosh and Karamlish and environs ... Read More »

Pope: People drawn to caring shepherd, not moralists, the power-hungry

Pope Francis waves

PEOPLE were drawn to Jesus because he was a good shepherd – not a moralist, not power-hungry, not a revolutionary and not a hermit, Pope Francis said. Jesus “wasn’t embarrassed about talking to sinners, he went to find them” and he felt joy going out, getting close to the people, listening to their problems and offering them healing, the Pope ... Read More »

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

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By Francis X. Rocca for Catholic News Service THE working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris”, published by the Vatican on June 26, is supposed ... Read More »

Synod to review state of family to be followed by another next year

family

REPRESENTATIVES of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican from October 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops’ conferences, the heads ... Read More »

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