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Alleviating Anger in Aggressive Athletes (2068)

Humility and prayer are keys to self-control in a violent sport, say former NFL players and a sports psychologist.

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Former NFL star Danny Abramowicz of Crossing the Goal.

NEW YORK — Much media attention has recently been focused on off-field violence — some proven, some alleged — involving NFL players.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of domestic violence. A video showing former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his wife, then his fiancée, was released to the public, and Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse.

With these stories simultaneously in the public eye, the conclusion is sometimes drawn that being a professional football player makes one more likely to be involved in off-the-field violence, especially of the domestic sort. However,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis, the Synod and the Declining Italian Family (2182)

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It’s fitting that the Catholic Church is meeting in Rome for its Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The reason for the location is obvious — the Vatican being physically where it is. But the location is especially appropriate given the decline of the family in Italy. Of course, Italy is hardly alone. What I’m going to say here could be said about almost any Western-European country, but I’d like to focus my thoughts on Italy, based on study and recent experience.

One of the most compelling statistics on the decline of the Italian family was reported several years ago by George Weigel in his excellent The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God. Weigel...READ MORE

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‘Digital Missionaries’ Must Bring Faith to Facebook and Beyond, Says Media Expert (2090)

Scot Landry, executive director of Catholic Voices USA, has a new book calling on parishes and parishioners to reach out to people on the peripheries of the online world.

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Growing the Church through New Media: Transforming Parish Communications by Scot Landry.

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BOSTON — A Catholic presence in social media is critical in reaching out to those who are lost or distanced from the Church, said Catholic executive and media expert Scot Landry.

“New media is a great place of encounter,” Landry, the executive director of Catholic Voices USA, told CNA.

“Pope Francis is calling the Church to reach out to those who are lost in any way. One of the best ways for us to do that today is through being present in new and social media, in ways that allow us to befriend others, establish and deepen relationships, listen to them and accompany them on their journey.”

In addition to helping the Archdiocese of Boston grow its new-media ministry, Landry has served as a...READ MORE

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Synod on the Family: Ratzinger-Kasper Rivalry Revisited (17602)

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Cardinal Walter Kasper speaks with a Catholic News Agency correspondent at St. Peter’s Square in April 2011.

– Ernesto Gygax/CNA

While Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium is in Rome for the synod on the family, I hope that he has a chance to visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The retired prelates may wish to reminisce about synods past, especially the 1985 extraordinary assembly on the 20th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.

St. John Paul had called the special synod in January 1985 to assess how Vatican II had been received in the life of the Church, examining both achievements and failures. In 1985, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was still in his first years as John Paul’s doctrinal lieutenant, and Cardinal Danneels was the boy wonder of the College of Cardinals, having recently been made a...READ MORE

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Reese Witherspoon Believes New Lost Boys of Sudan Film Inspires Christian Hope (2542)

The Academy Award-winning actress of Legally Blonde fame stars in the Good Lie alongside Sudanese actors, including a former child-soldier from the decades-long civil war.

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Reese Witherspoon (l) plays Carrie Davis in The Good Lie, out Oct. 3.

– Motive Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in a new film about the Lost Boys of Sudan, which the former Legally Blonde star said features strong Christian messages of faith in God and perseverance in the face of hardship.  

“It is true, in lots and lots of Hollywood scripts in my career: It is rare that you get the opportunity to make a film about something that has a great Christian message,” Witherspoon told CNA.

“Do these people in Hollywood not think that there’s an incredible majority percentage of America [that] is [made up of] Christian communities?” she added with a laugh.

Based on true stories of Sudanese refugees, The Good Lie opens nationwide Oct. 3 and...READ MORE

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‘Deacons, Carry Out Your Ministry in Joy’ (1202)

Serve with generosity of heart and love of Christ, Cardinal Donald Wuerl told ordinandi Oct. 2 in Rome.

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HOLY ORDERS. Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 new deacons Oct. 2 in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

– Bohumil Petrik/Catholic News Agency

ROME -- This week, Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always be open to God and to live their new ministry with joy.

“Dear deacons, never cease to be open to the call. Each day, renew your resolve to say, 'Yes, Lord. Here I am, Lord; send me,'” the cardinal told the new deacons during their Oct. 2 ordination Mass.

“Your commitment to service will take the form of the many tasks you will be asked to do,” he explained. “May you always find joy in the attitude, 'Lord, whatever it takes, that is what I offer you and your Church.'”

Cardinal Wuerl, who serves as archbishop of Washington, opened his...READ MORE

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Solomon’s Song Comes to the Big Screen (1765)

Edgy Movie Shows Effects of Sin and the Power of Love

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The Song movie poster

– Samuel Goldwyn Films

With the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family beginning this weekend, the timing for City on a Hill Production’s first feature-length film, The Song (which opened Sept. 26) — a movie about the joys and sorrows of marriage and family life — seems inspired.

“The beauty of the faithful love of husband and wife is showcased in a moving portrayal of a man and woman who fall in love and conquer the world’s challenges,” Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said about the film in an endorsement.

“This movie … leads the viewer to yearn for a faithful love of such deep and lasting beauty and helps us appreciate the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper Says Other Cardinals Pushing Pope Francis Around, Ancient Monastery Found and More! (3544)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Walter Cardinal Kasper Accuses Other Cardinals of Attacking Pope Francis via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

Walter Cardinal Kasper Accuses Other Cardinals of Attacking Pope Francis via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

Six Reasons to Take Your Family to Daily Mass Often – Susanna Spencer, ChurchPOP

How to Fight the Prosperity Gospel – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Sirach for Social Media – Fathers for Good, Catholic Lane

Did Pope Francis Push the Envelope Attending Marriages of Cohabiting Couples? by Catherine Ruth Pakaluk of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Ancient Monastery Discovered In Israel – Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine via Patheos

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Responds and I’m Glad I Stayed Quiet – Shaun McAfee

Secularists Jump In – Fr. Z’s Blog

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