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Cardinal urges defunding Planned Parenthood

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

  THE head of the United States bishops’ pro-life committee urged senators on August 3 to take the federal money that goes to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and instead fund women’s health care providers that do not promote abortion. “It has long been troubling to many Americans that the nation’s largest abortion network, performing over a third of ... Read More »

WYD ‘open to all’

Polish pilgrims with the WYD cross and icon

THE Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this ... Read More »

Swapping souls for life

SELF/LESS: Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Michelle Dockery. Directed by Tarsem Singh. Rated M (Violence, mature the,es and infrequent coarse language) 117 minutes By Kurt Jensen THE gunfire and car crashes that dominate the second hour of the soul-swapping thriller Self/less are sure signs that this ponderous property has run out of ideas. Yet director Tarsem ... Read More »

Protecting environment benefits poorest nations

THE president of the Philippine bishops’ conference called climate change a matter of social justice and said caring for Earth should not just be a goal to benefit this generation but also future generations. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan cited Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the climate change, as a call for “Catholics and Christians to be passionate ... Read More »

Terror turns into tedium

THE GALLOWS: Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford, Travis Cluff. Directed by Travis Cluff. Rated M (Supernatural themes and violence) 81 minutes. By John Mulderig AS if the average high school weren’t a scary enough venue already, “The Gallows” adds a ghost to the mix. Though little blood flows as this noose-toting spectre stalks the locker-lined halls, ... Read More »

Gaza is dangerous territory

ONE year after a war with Israel that turned daily life into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in the besieged Palestinian territory had deteriorated further. “Compared with a year ago, we’re worse off. Although a truce stopped the war, the blockade of Gaza by Israel has grown more intense. This has direct consequences for the ... Read More »

Nuke breakthrough

THE Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more breakthroughs were on the horizon on other issues. Holy See spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See”. “It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued ... Read More »

Tennessee shootings leave five dead

AN outpouring of sympathy and prayer washed over Tennessee for the victims of a July 16 shootings that left four Marines and the shooter dead. Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, whose diocese includes Chattanooga, encouraged all Catholics and people of faith to participate in a community prayer service at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Chattanooga held the ... Read More »

Little ones in show of virtue

MINIONS: Starring Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Rated PG (Mild animated violence) 91 minutes By John Mulderig FILLET it how you will, “Minions” is a rare treat. This bright 3D animated comedy traces the history of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence in the background ... Read More »

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