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Human spirit prevails against crushing odds

12 YEARS A SLAVE: Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson. Directed by Steve McQueen. 134 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong themes and violence) Reviewed by Joseph McAleer for Catholic News Service IF you thought Alex Haley’s Roots was the definitive take on antebellum slavery in the United States, prepare for a harsh wake-up call ... Read More »

Pope talks of wedded bliss

GREETING thousands of engaged couples on the feast of St Valentine, Pope Francis told them not to be afraid of building a permanent and loving relationship in a culture where everything is disposable and fleeting. The secrets to a loving and lasting union, he said, included treating each other with respect, kindness and gratitude, and never letting daily struggles and ... Read More »

Go to confession, don’t wait, pope urges

IF you haven’t been to confession recently, don’t wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness. “If a lot of time has passed, don’t lose even one more day. Go,” the pope said  on February1 9, promising that “the priest will be ... Read More »

Cardinal in tears as he recalls the disaster that hit his people

AN emotional Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila welcomed United States Catholic leaders reviewing Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, saying that the work to rebuild devastated communities can show the world a Church united in the service of people in need. With tears welling up as he described the utter destruction he saw during a visit to Tacloban soon after the November ... Read More »

Criminal invites himself in

LABOR DAY: Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith. Directed by Jason Reitman. 111 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes, sexual references) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service MANY of the elements that make one or another film objectionable are happily absent from the glossy romantic drama Labor Day. Violence is minimal; a single misuse of the Lord’s name ... Read More »

Don’t skip Sunday Mass, people need communion with God, pope urges

IT’S so important to go to Mass every Sunday because that’s where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to his father, church and each other, Pope Francis said. It’s also “important that children are well prepared for first Communion because … after baptism and confirmation it is the first step toward belonging strongly, really strongly, to Jesus ... Read More »

Church calls Syrians to favour negotiation

Violence in Syria

INTERNATIONAL leaders and representatives of various Syrian factions now engaged in peace talks must give “priority to negotiations over guns (and) to people over inordinate power”, the Holy See’s observer at the talks said. “Dialogue is the only way forward,” Holy See representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said in a speech to the UN-sponsored Geneva ... Read More »

Internet ‘a gift from God’, Pope says

Pope Francis looks up at the sky

Like the Good Samaritan, who stopped on the road to help a person in need, travellers along today’s communication highways should offer support to those they encounter there, Pope Francis said.“The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people,” he said in his message for World Communications Day.Modern means of communication, ... Read More »

Clancy’s star spy endures

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT: Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Costner, Gemma Chan. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 106 minutes. Rated M (Violence and infrequent coarse language) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service FEW fictional characters have proven as durable as novelist Tom Clancy’s brainy – and Catholic-educated – spy, Jack Ryan. Spread across more than a ... Read More »

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