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Old-fashioned tale fights hard to retain credibility

Pompeii: Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. 104 minutes. Rated M (Violence) Reviewed by Joseph McAleer, for Catholic News Service “STILL more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore,” wrote the Roman author Pliny the Younger on the day after the cataclysmic ... Read More »

Life of humble service awaiting new cardinals

CELEBRATING Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honour but of humble service and sacrifice. “A cardinal enters the Church of Rome, not a royal court,” the Pope said in his homily on February 23, during morning ... Read More »

Ukraine weeping after deadly days

Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia called for “fervent prayers” that God would keep the people of Ukraine strong as they mourn the loss of life in the ongoing strife in that country and that Mary “would extend her protective mantle” over them. “Throughout the world, people are watching in horror at the surreal scenes of violence and brutality ... Read More »

Monumental cast wasted

THE MONUMENTS MEN: Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville. Directed by George Clooney.110 minutes. Rated M. Reviewed by John Mulderig for Catholic News Service WESTERN civilisation owes an incalculable debt to the real-life figures behind the fact-based Second World War drama The Monuments Men. Yet, despite honourable intentions and a cast ... Read More »

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 »

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