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SDG Reviews 'Gravity' (9715)

Sandra Bullock shines in Alfonso Cuarón’s mesmerizing action thriller in space, a rare Hollywood spectacle with a touch of spiritual awareness.

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We see so many big-budget science-fiction spectacles —  so many painstakingly realized fantasy worlds and lavishly rendered alien landscapes and environments, inhabited by extravagantly imagined extraterrestrial species, with fantastic spacecraft and starships traveling through hyperspace and all manner of wormholes, nebulae and so forth.

Yet simple weightlessness, though no more exotic than the space shuttle, remains among the most fascinating, captivating effects in any Hollywood production of recent years.

It’s an effect put to mesmerizing use by Alfonso Cuarón in his action thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts on a space walk that goes terribly...READ MORE

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Putting Families First at Top of Pope’s Curia Reform Agenda (2087)

Making the bureaucracy more responsive to the pastoral needs of families is the upcoming session's theme, said the Vatican’s chief spokesman.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, S.J.

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VATICAN CITY — Halfway through their meetings, Pope Francis and his council of cardinals have addressed many different themes, but the formation and care of families is a top priority in upcoming discussions.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi revealed in an Oct. 2 press briefing that, so far, the council has reflected on the ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the upcoming Synod of Bishops.

But Father Lombardi said that the pastoral care of families is the next major point of discussion in upcoming sessions.

The council of eight cardinals began their first session of meetings Tuesday, and they are due to finish on Thursday.

During the briefing, Father Lombardi...READ MORE

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Ave Maria University Reduces Tuition for New Students (3104)

President Jim Towey said the decision aims to help Catholic families and young people reduce their debt-load.

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Lee Leblanc

Ave Maria University campus

– Lee Leblanc

NAPLES, Fla. — Anxious to ease financial pressures on parents and students, Ave Maria University has revealed that it is reducing its annual undergraduate tuition for new students by $5,000, starting next year.

“I think that all Catholic colleges and universities should do soul-searching these days about what they’re charging,” Jim Towey, president of Ave Maria University, told CNA.

“The fact is, it’s impoverishing a lot of families to have a high debt load. The parents are finding themselves having to mortgage their lives,” he said. “Students are graduating with their future so heavily burdened by high debt that we all have to ask whether this is just and sustainable.”

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Hunt for a Red October (6638)

Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans hope announcer Vin Scully calls as many postseason games as possible.

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Vin Scully has been announcing Dodgers baseball games since 1950, when they were still in Brooklyn.

– Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Legendary announcer Vin Scully has called Dodgers’ games for an amazing 64 years, the longest-announcing tenure in Major League Baseball history. Dodgers’ fans were excited to hear in August that Scully will be returning for his 65th season next year, but they presently hope to extend this season as far as possible.

Blue Dodgers’ uniforms aside, such an extension could be called a red October, because of Scully’s ruddy hair. The Bronx native has become so closely associated with the Dodgers that no visual of him is necessary. A single word spoken by the 85-year-old immediately brings to mind the face — and the head — that are trademarks of Dodgers baseball.

Scully’s illustrious career...READ MORE

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Bishops Urge Humility, Care in Resolving Government Shutdown (2189)

In a letter to Congress, they call for ‘wise bipartisan leadership and moral clarity’ in resolving the political impasse over a new federal spending plan.

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U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON — Reacting to the federal government shutdown, the U.S. bishops cited Pope Francis’ advice to leaders that they cannot govern well “without loving the people and without humility.”

“Do I love my people in order to serve them better? Am I humble, and do I listen to everybody, to diverse opinions, in order to choose the best path?” the Pope asked government leaders in his homily at a Sept. 16 daily Mass. “If you don’t ask those questions, your governance will not be good.”

The bishops included these words in their Sept. 30 letter to members of Congress about the federal budget impasse. The bishops called on Congress for “wise bipartisan leadership and moral clarity” to create...READ MORE

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The Heart of Bergoglio; The Pope's Critics; Rupture vs. Change and Much More! (5120)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Heart of Bergoglio. Follow the link by Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing website to read more.

The Heart of Bergoglio by Robert Royal of The Catholic Thing website - BigPulpit.com

Too Many Women, Too Many Pills: Books, Movies, Music - Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

The Head-Slapping Criticism of Pope Francis - Stacy Trasancos PhD

Pope Francis: Rupture vs. Change - Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, Coming Home

The La Repubblica Pope Francis Interview Roundup of Links – BigPulpit.com

Will Pope Appoint New CDW Prefect Hostile to B16s Reforms? – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Pope Francis’s Love-based Argument for God’s Existence - J. Jaoblonski, Ignitum Today

The Immortal Sign: The Power of the Sign of the Cross – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Love Conquers All – Donald R. McClarey JD,...READ MORE

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The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies (9846)

Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.

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VATICAN CITY — Scientists are developing medical techniques aimed at reducing rare hereditary disorders but which will result in a baby technically having “three parents.” The fertility treatment, known as mitochondrial transfer, tries to replace a faulty part of a mother‘s egg with healthy material from a donor, creating a “genetically modified child” with three biological parents.

Scientists are also experimenting with “pronuclear transfer” — a method of cloning from an IVF embryo. Bioethicists point out this would mean a child would be the offspring of parents who would, in effect, be destroyed embryos.

Although the techniques are currently prohibited in the United States, some...READ MORE

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Francis Preaches on St. Thérèse: Charity Without Humility Is Sterile (4924)

The Holy Father encouraged Christians to imitate the charity of the ‘“Little Flower’” and attract others to Christ by their witness.

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Pope Francis.

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VATICAN CITY — On the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the newly formed council of cardinals would emulate her virtues in their upcoming meetings.

The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who are meeting through Thursday to discuss reforming the Curia.

In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that the cardinals’' meetings will help them all to become more humble and to trust in God, so that the Church is able to give a beautiful witness to the world.

Reflecting on the Gospel of the day, in which the apostles sought to call down fire upon those who did not accept...READ MORE

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