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Adventure out of Egypt

MR PEABODY & SHERMAN (animation): Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Lauri Fraser, Stephen Colbert. Directed by Rob Minkoff. 97 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes and animated violence) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service BABY boomers old enough to recall an animated moose named Bullwinkle and his flying-squirrel sidekick, Rocky, will also likely remember the titular characters of Mr ... Read More »

Pope makes plea to Mafia members

SURROUNDED by survivors of innocent people killed by the Mafia, Pope Francis made an emotional appeal to Italian gangsters to give up their lives of crime and avoid eternal damnation. “Men and women of the Mafia, please change your lives, convert, stop doing evil,” the Pope said at a prayer vigil on March 21. “I ask on my knees and ... Read More »

Ukraine Catholics fearing oppression

OXFORD, England: A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said Church members were alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Fr Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because many residents of the town located in the eastern part of Crimea were ... Read More »

Teach your children well, always be by their side, Pope Francis urges

ON the feast of St Joseph, patron saint of the universal church and Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them. “I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They ... Read More »

Historical drama set before WWII

The Wind Rises: (Animation) Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hideaki Anno), John Krasinski (Hidetoshi Nishijima), Emily Blunt (Miori Takimoto). Directed by Hayao Miazaki. 126 minutes. Rated PG (Mild themes) Reviewed by Joseph McAleer for Catholic News Service MASTER Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki takes to the skies in what has been announced as his final animated film, The Wind Rises, an historical drama ... Read More »

Appetite for Friday abstinence returns

SEVERAL Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore and Bishop Michael Kennedy of Armidale are among bishops who said they supported Friday abstinence from meat – without sanction of sin – almost 30 years after it ... Read More »

Pope leading by his example

POPE Francis’ most frequent advice and exhortation to Catholics – from laypeople in parishes to bishops and cardinals – is “Go forth”. In Italian, the phrase is even snappier – “Avanti”. He’s been doing exactly that this Lent by paying a visit to the parish of Santa Maria dell’Orazione on the outskirts of Rome on March 16. Hundreds of people ... Read More »

Pope says Lent’s a time to change

LENT is a time to shed lazy, un-Christian habits and snap out of one’s apathy toward people harmed by violence, poverty and not having God in their lives, Pope Francis said. Lent is time to “change course, to recover the ability to respond to the reality of evil that always challenges us”, he said during his weekly general audience on ... Read More »

Suspense and action non-stop

NON-STOP: Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Scott McNairy, Anson Mount. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. 110 minutes. Rated M (Violence and infrequent coarse language) Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service TIRED of airport pat-downs? They’re nothing compared to the severe smackdowns administered by troubled air marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) as he slams his way through the ... Read More »

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