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Reese Witherspoon Believes New Lost Boys of Sudan Film Inspires Christian Hope (2971)

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’ (1484)

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 (2264)

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! (3810)

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

Padre Pio’s Stigmata - Father Dwight...READ MORE

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South African Cardinal: ‘My Greatest Worry Is Unrealistic Expectations’ (3749)

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier rejects the ‘media-driven false hope’ that Pope Francis intends to overturn key Church teachings related to marriage.

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Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa

– Twitter/CardinalNapier

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, South Africa, is a member of the ordinary council of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that begins on Sunday and lasts until Oct. 19.

In this interview with the Register, the cardinal discusses his hopes, concerns and expectations for the meeting that will discuss the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”


What are your hopes and fears for this synod?

Let me begin with my fears. Perhaps “worries” is a better word. My greatest worry is unrealistic expectations, one of which is the media-driven false hope that Pope Francis is going to overturn, single-handedly, a most...READ MORE

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Teen Student’s Murder Tests Newly Ordained Priest (5133)

San Francisco seminary’s curriculum prepares young priests to serve a rough world.

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Father Mark Doherty speaks with parishioners outside the rectory of St. Peter Church in San Francisco.

– Michael Liliedahl

SAN FRANCISCO — On Sept. 3, Father Mark Doherty answered his cellphone after celebrating 7am Mass at St. Peter’s Church in San Francisco’s gritty Mission district.

“The vice principal of the parish school told me that the relative of a student had been killed, and I was needed,” Father Doherty told the Register, recalling the first time he had learned about the murder of Rashawn Williams, 14.

Newly ordained to Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Doherty arrived at St. Peter’s in July, and Williams was a freshman football player at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School.

But despite his limited experience with priestly duties, Father Doherty quickly acted on the tragic news of the...READ MORE

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Pope: Listen to Your Guardian Angel (9755)

The Holy Father spoke of our heavenly 'traveling companions' on their Oct. 2 feast day.

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– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY -- In his homily for the feast of the Guardian Angels, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily Mass on Oct. 2 to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companions.”

The doctrine of the angels, the Holy Father stressed, is not imaginary, but “reality.” He cited what Jesus said: “I send an angel before you to protect you, to accompany you along the path, so that you do not make mistakes.”

According to the Tradition of the Church, each of us has a guardian angel who protects us and helps make us aware of things, the Pope said at the Santa Marta residence. Oftentimes, we have the feeling that “I should do this; this is not right; be careful.” This, he said, “is...READ MORE

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Political Will for Peace Lacks in Holy Land, Says U.S. Bishop (1161)

Residents of Israel and Palestine still desire peace, and coexistence is possible, observed a delegation of U.S. bishops to the Holy Land.

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Courtesy Israeli Ministry of Tourism

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

– Courtesy Israeli Ministry of Tourism

WASHINGTON — Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there, said the leader of a recent bishops’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

“It does not seem that there have been any bad, difficult or ruptured relationships between the Muslims and the Christians in the Holy Land. I don’t think that has been an ongoing issue so much,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, said. “I think, at this point in time, perhaps the biggest problems are political in nature.”

Bishop Pates, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, led a delegation of 18 bishops on a “prayer pilgrimage for peace” to the...READ MORE

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