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Love brings redemption

ALOHA: Starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin. Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated PG (Mild themes and coarse language) 105 minutes By John McCarthy HAWAII’S allure as a tropical paradise derives from its pristine beaches, fragrant flora, colourful mythology and air of laid-back hospitality. But the islands are also defined by their history as ... Read More »

Hearts must turn toward peace

TO overcome fear, discrimination and conflict, people must have a deep desire to open themselves up to God and his mercy, and work actively for peace every day, Pope Francis said. God’s plan for creation is peace, “which always meets opposition from humanity and the devil,” he said during a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 6. The ... Read More »

Family movie with hope

TOMORROWLAND: Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Raffey Cassidy. Directed by Brad Bird. Rated PG (Mild science fiction, violence and coarse language) 130 minutes By Joseph McAleer AGAINST all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an ... Read More »

Monks record sacred music that is ‘part of air we breathe’, says one

By Abbey Jaroma ONCE again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family. In Norcia, Italy, about 112km north-east of Rome, there is an international community of monks who operate a craft brewery and spend hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine ... Read More »

Winds of change

Windmill at sunset

By Cindy Wooden CONSUMERS want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, the chief executive officer of the multinational Unilever said. Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Rexona and Omo, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that “the cost of inaction (on climate change) is ... Read More »

Holy Fatherly advice

By Laura Ieraci POPE Francis has urged separated parents to “never, never, never take a child hostage” by speaking ill of the other parent. Speaking during his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 20, the Pope said he recognised that being separated was “a trial” but added that “children must not be the ones to carry the weight ... Read More »

Star cast in fading light

DANNY COLLINS: Starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Dan Fogelman. Rated M (Mature themes, coarse language, drug use and nudity) By Kurt Jensen A FLAT, vaguely fact-based blend of comedy and drama, “Danny Collins” has nothing new to say about the corrosive effects of fame and vast wealth. As for the saccharine dialogue ... Read More »

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

By Rhina Guidos SOME thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians. “Blessed Romero is another brilliant ... Read More »

Martyred for love

By Rhina Guidos IF there’s a place in need of salvation at this moment, it’s this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it prepared to mark one of the biggest events in its history – yesterday’s (May 23) beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero – El Salvador, which in Spanish means “the saviour”, is in the midst of one ... Read More »

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