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Stepping out for equality

SELMA: Starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Rated M (Violence and coarse language) 127 minutes By John Mulderig ARRIVING on screens almost precisely 50 years after the events it portrays unfolded, director Ava DuVernay’s fact-based drama Selma compellingly recreates a crucial battle in the long struggle for African-American equality. Adult subject ... Read More »

Perfect way to be ‘immersed’ in God’s Word

GOD’S WORD 2015 – DAILY REFLECTIONSAlberione Good News Centre, Bangalore, India. Distributed by St Paulís Publications, Australia. 2014.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has challenged the Catholic people to become a more biblical Church, “a people immersed in the Word of God”. One way to facilitate immersion in the Word of God is daily reading of ... Read More »

Forgiveness overlooked

UNBROKEN: Starring Jack OíConnell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Miyavi, Jai Courtney. Directed by Angelina Jolie. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). 137 minutes By John Mulderig POSITIVE values permeate the inspirational fact-based drama Unbroken. Despite its admirable qualities, however, the film also represents something of a missed opportunity. That’s because, in bringing Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling account of one United States ... Read More »

Strategies for facing parish challenges

REBUILT: THE STORY OF A CATHOLIC PARISH. AWAKENING THE FAITHFUL. REACHING THE LOST. MAKING CHURCH MATTERMichael White and Tom Corcoran; Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana; 2013.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn CARDINAL Timothy Dolan in writing the foreword to this inspiring book asserts that it is one of the most important books written for parish ministry in the present generation. ... Read More »

Annie gets a makeover

ANNIE: Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale. Directed by Will Gluck. Rated PG (Mild themes) 118 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in Annie. It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical – which previously became a 1982 film – about the little orphan with big ... Read More »


The winner of The Catholic Leader’s Prima Luce CD competition is I Larme of Moorooka, QLD. Members of Prima Luce chatted to The Catholic Leader about the process of making their second album, their musical influences and mission to “resurrect sacred music”. Read their story in the January 11 edition of The Catholic Leader or online. Read More »

Historical novel for your must read list

OUR LOVE WAS ON THE WING: FROM ATHENRY TO BOTANY BAYBy Jim Carey and Mizpah Closkey Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC THE Irish folk ballad, “The Fields of Athenry” (words and music by Pete St John), is set during the Great Irish Famine (1845-50). A popular anthem for Irish sporting enthusiasts, it laments the plight of a fictional character ... Read More »

Refreshingly original but not an easy read

SHORT STORIES BY JESUS: THE ENIGMATIC PARABLES OF A CONTROVERSIAL RABBIBy Amy-Jill Levine; HarperOne; $39.99 (hardback) Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC AMY-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and affiliated professor at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge University, will be known to some readers as the co-editor of ... Read More »

Perfect film for families

PADDINGTON: Starring Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington. Directed by Paul King. Rated G. 95 minutes  By Veronica Kopinski IT’S rare that a touted “family” film can create the right balance and live up to its genre classification by genuinely entertaining both children and adults alike. But Paddington, ... Read More »

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