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Heroes lose their way

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Joss Whedon. Rated M (Action violence). 141 minutes By John Mulderig THE seemingly ever-expanding media universe centred on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Occasional flashes of wit relieve the endless ... Read More »

Pope gives coaches a game plan for life lessons

COACHES need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. Like any good educator, a good coach or trainer was extremely important in helping kids develop into mature, well-balanced and well-rounded adults, he said. Instilled with solid values and Christian faith, athletes can help prevent sports from becoming distorted by “pressure ... Read More »

Force of faith

New Swiss Guards march after their swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican May 6. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz WEARING armour and carrying mediaeval-era weaponry – halberds and swords – is not enough. Pope Francis told Swiss Guards they should always be armed with a pocket-edition of the Gospel and a rosary. In addition to serving and protecting the pope, a Swiss Guard “is a Christian with genuine faith”, he told members of the corps on ... Read More »

‘Christ among us’

By Paul Jeffrey BEHIND the blue-helmeted United Nations soldiers ringing the periphery, their tanks and heavy weapons pointed outward, Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano’s parish is a tightly packed maze of tents and tarpaulins filled with people hiding from war. Fr Bassano is the only priest amid the 25,000 civilians who live inside the civilian protection area of the UN base ... Read More »

Mission to forgive

Mercy symbol: The logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens on December 8 and runs until November 20, 2016. Photo: CNS/courtesy of Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation

By Carol Glatz THE Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, Archbishop Rino Fisichella said. The year-long extraordinary jubilee also will include several individual ... Read More »

Against all odds

WOMAN IN GOLD: Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl. Directed by Simon Curtis. Rated M (Infrequent coarse language) 109 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE so-called “last prisoners of World War II” await justice and release in “Woman in Gold”. The elegant lady of the title and three other captives profiled in director Simon Curtis’ film aren’t, in fact, human ... Read More »

Age with an odd twist

Daughter and mother: Flemming (Ellen Burstyn, left) with her mother Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) in a scene from The Age of Adaline; and (inset) Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively form a romance.

THE AGE OF ADALINE: Starring, Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Rated M (Mature themes and sexual references). 113 minutes. By John Mulderig GLOSSY proceedings follow on a silly premise in the serviceable romantic drama “The Age of Adaline”. Viewers willing to swallow its whopper of an opening hypothesis will be ... Read More »

Church is made of real martyrs

WITH so many women and men being killed because of their faith in Christ, the Church today is a church of martyrs, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. And, in a message to the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, he also urged the world’s leaders to hear the cry of all the Christians who were victims of violence, ... Read More »

A film bereft of laughter

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2. Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Ver·stegui, Daniella Alonso. Directed by Andy Fickman. 94 minutes. Rated PG (Mild violence). By Kurt Jensen THE stout bromides of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 only serve to make its thin plot and deliberate artlessness more glaring. Kevin James, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Bakay, returns as the earnest, ... Read More »

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