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Does Jesus Have a Home in Hollywood? (5967)

The shocking display at last month’s Grammy Awards has some Christians answering No to that question, but Catholics in the industry say constructive engagement is needed more than ever.

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HOLLYWOOD — From witchcraft to “twerking,” the provocative fare on display at last month’s Grammy Awards has been described as downright evil.

Many Christians have taken the disturbing display as a clear indication that it’s high time to call it quits with Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

But in doing so, some Catholics say these religious believers would be abandoning one of society’s most influential institutions, already suffering from not encountering enough authentic Christian witness.

Hollywood and the entertainment industry’s impact on American culture and values, especially through movies, has been widely discussed. A University of Notre Dame study showed that films...READ MORE

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Bishop: Make Pope Francis’ ‘Pop-Culture Moment’ a Chance to Share the Faith (3526)

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., said Christians must take the curiosity sparked by the Holy Father as an opportunity ‘to speak, from the heart of a disciple, to suffering souls.’

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LINCOLN, Neb. —  A Rolling Stone magazine piece on Pope Francis was an attempt to “hijack” the papacy for secularist causes, but Catholics should be prepared to use the Pope’s “pop-culture moment” rather than become its “victim,” explained Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb.

“Pop culture is important and powerful. The sign value of Pope Francis’ pontificate is immense. And liable to misinterpretation,” he said in a Feb. 3 essay at the First Things website.

“But our task is to wed sign and substance. To use the newfound fascination of the world for the Holy Father for the quiet, personal conversations which lead to conversion,” he said. “To use piqued curiosity to speak, from the...READ MORE

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Looking at Armenia’s Fascinating Christian Past and Present (2931)

Independent Catholic filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti discusses her film 'Armenia’s Christians,' which airs this week on EWTN.

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Sevan Monastery, as seen in the documentary airing on EWTN

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Armenia is one of the oldest Christian countries in the world, and yet, surprisingly, little is known about the Eurasian state and its fascinating, rich Christian heritage.

To help uncover some of its riches, EWTN USA will be showing a film on Thursday, Feb. 6, that explores this long-Christian country with a history of grisly persecution but also great beauty.

Armenia’s Christians has been produced by Rome-based independent Catholic filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti, who has made a series of programs highlighting the need to preserve the Christian heritage in lands where Christians face persecution.

Valgiusti sat down with the Register on Jan. 31 to explain more about the program and...READ MORE

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Samurai’s Cause for Beatification Forwarded to Rome (6190)

Takayama Ukon suffered greatly for upholding the honor of Christ and his Church in 16th-century Japan.

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A 16th- to 17th-century depiction of a Mass offered in Japan.

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VATICAN CITY — Takayama Ukon, a 16th-century Japanese samurai who faced exile rather than give up his Catholic faith, is being considered for sainthood because of his fidelity to Christ and his Church.

The Japanese bishops’ conference submitted a 400-page application for the samurai’s beatification to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 2013.

Takayama’s life is an example of “great fidelity to the Christian vocation, persevering despite all difficulties,” Jesuit Father Anton Witwer, general postulator of the Society of Jesus, told CNA.

Takayama was born in 1552, three years after the Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier introduced Christianity to Japan. When he was 12, his...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Eucharist Keeps the Church Alive (4395)

The Holy Father said this sacrament “is the heart of Christian initiation and the Church’s fountain of life.”

02/05/2014 Comments (10)

VATICAN CITY -- During his Feb. 5 general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the significance of the sacrament of the Eucharist, explaining that it is a banquet that reminds us of the eternal life that is yet to come.

“The Eucharist configures us in a unique and profound way with Jesus,” the Pope noted, “renewing our heart, our existence and our relationship with him and with our brothers and gives us a foretaste of communion with the Father in the banquet of the King of heaven.”

Addressing the thousands gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for his weekly address, the Pope continued his catechesis on the sacraments of initiation, turning specifically to the Eucharist.

“Dear...READ MORE

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Communion and Liberation Refreshes Believers in the Church’s Mission (7445)

The Catholic movement’s inspirational charism was on prominent display last month, at the annual 'New York Encounter' organized by its U.S. members.

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NEW YORK — The diversity of Catholicism is reflected in her lay movements. From the infectious enthusiasm displayed by the Charismatic Renewal to the dedicated work of the Community of Sant’Egidio, many believers grow closer to God within transnational groups crosscutting parish structure. And last month in New York, one of the most dynamic of the recently founded movements, Communion and Liberation (CL), communicated its Christian message through the group’s annual "New York Encounter."

The 20th century saw a surge in Catholics organizing themselves to accomplish the Church’s mission.

Two early examples are the Militia of the Immaculata, founded in 1917 in Poland by St. Maximilian Kolbe,...READ MORE

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Mexico Cathedral to Receive Blessed John Paul II Relic (2075)

The reliquary, which will contain a vial of blood, will be housed in a life-size wax sculpture of John Paul II.

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MEXICO CITY — The Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mexico City will open its Holy Door on Feb. 9 to receive a first-class relic of Blessed John Paul II, as well as a painting and a skullcap used by the soon-to-be-canonized pope.

The ceremony will mark the beginning of the relic’s pilgrimage throughout the archdiocese in order to encourage the faithful to follow the April 27 canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII with deep devotion.

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will welcome the faithful before the Mass, after which a life-size wax sculpture of the “Pilgrim Pope” will be put on display.

The sculpture contains a reliquary in the form of a cross on its...READ MORE

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Queen Elizabeth to Meet With Pope Francis in April (2486)

It will be the British monarch’s fifth audience with a pope at the Vatican, following earlier meetings with Pius XII, John XXIII, and two meetings with John Paul II.

02/04/2014 Comments (5)

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3 and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced.

In a Feb. 4 press release, the monarchy said that the queen — who is the head of the Church of England — is traveling to Rome at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

After meeting with the politician in a private lunch at the presidential palace, “Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican,” the statement said.

According to the BBC, the queen had originally planned to visit Rome in 2013, but the visit was...READ MORE

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