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Chance to deepen faith and prayer life

JESUS AND MARY: IN PRAISE OF THEIR GLORIOUS NAMESFr Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR; Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Huntington, Indiana; 2012.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn FATHER Benedict Groeschel, founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, spent much of his life as a street priest working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly troubled and homeless youth. As well ... Read More »

Bill’s a ‘saintly character’

ST VINCENT: Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Naomi Watts, Scott Adsit. Directed by Ted Melfi. Rated M (Mature themes, violence, sex scene and coarse language). Running time: 102 minutes By John Mulderig AN unlikely babysitter also serves as an unusual image of sanctity in the fundamentally endearing drama St Vincent. While writer-director Ted Melfi’s feature debut has a broadly appealing message, aspects ... Read More »


THE Catholic Leader is giving away five copies of the powerful film Beyond Sight on DVD, thanks to Heritage Films. Beyond Sight documents the inspiring true story of blind surfer Derek Rabelo as he sets out on a three-year journey of mental, physical and spiritual training to ride Pipeline, Hawaii – described as “one of the most dangerous waves in ... Read More »


The winner of The Catholic Leader’s Paddington competition is R Winning of Frenchville, QLD. The prize pack includes a family (four tickets) in-season pass to see Paddington in cinemas, a watch, stationery pack, placemat and drawstring bag, thanks to STUDIOCANAL. Adapted from Michael Bond’s popular children’s book series, Paddington sees the beloved literature classic come to life on the big screen ... Read More »

Win – Son of God DVD

The winners of The Catholic Leader’s movie competition are: G Collins of Tingalpa, QLD B Mason of Mundingburra, QLD S Bosanac of Kingsgrove, NSW N Fernandes of Moggill, QLD T Kelly of Boondall, QLD Winners will receive a copy of Son of God on DVD, thanks to Heritage Films. Son of God is described as a “powerful and inspirational feature film” depicting the ... Read More »

Impressive work of faith and scholarship

Attend Unto Reading By Br Brian Grenier CFC; Price $15 Reviewed by Terry Oberg “IN the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all,” the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner declared in the early 1980s. It may not be presuming too much to think that this time has come. It ... Read More »

A sad, bilious journey

BIRDMAN: Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. 119 mins. Rated: MA15+ (Strong coarse language)  TALKY, pretentious and filled with existential angst when the characters aren’t preoccupied with spitting curses, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is visually dazzling. Morally, though, it’s dead weight. This black ... Read More »

Desiring a deeper love of Christ and neighbour

My Dear Young Friends. St John Paul Speaks to Teens on Life, Love and Courage. John Vitek, Editor. St Maryís Press, Christian Brothers Publications. 2014. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn THIS small book offers 52 messages delivered in different times and circumstances by St John Paul II during his pontificate to youth at both pre-World Youth Day gatherings and Youth Day ... Read More »

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