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SDG Reviews ‘12 Years a Slave’ (13416)

A brilliant, disturbing new film exposes the untold story of slavery’s ‘Reverse Underground Railroad.’

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12 Years a Slave made me angry, and grateful, in ways I didn’t always anticipate.

The film, directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, has been compared to Schindler’s List, a comparison that, in some ways, does it a disservice. The protagonist of Schindler’s List was a German with a conscience; Jewish characters were in the background. Like The Butler earlier this year (also from a black director, Lee Daniels), 12 Years a Slave focuses solidly on black characters in a story that includes decent white characters as well as monstrous ones, but no white hero per se.

Perhaps you’re already thinking this is a movie that I think you should see, rather than a movie you would want to see....READ MORE

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Non-Catholics at Mass: What To Do; Dangers to the Vocation of Women; Scrupulosity and Much More! (7236)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Non-Catholics at Mass: What To Do. Follow the link by Deacon Jerry & Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Non-Catholics at Mass: What To Do by Deacon Jerry & Kathy Schiffer – BigPulpit.com

Dangers to the Vocation of Women - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Scrupulosity: A Little Bit of Hell - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

I’m Dreaming of a Toyless Christmas - Erika Marie, Catholic Mom

What’s Pope Francis’s Consecration Got to Do With Me? – Anabelle Hazard Esq, Ignitum Today

How Do You Heal a Broken Heart? - Michelle, Catholic Sistas

Being Christian & Being Pro-life Look the Same – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Buckfast Abbey: 20th Century Geometric Patterned Art . . . - David Clayton, By Way of Beauty

Do You See Miracles? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Role of Beauty in the...READ MORE

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Pope to Auction Harley Davidson Motorcycle to Benefit Homeless (86723)

The sale of the motorcycle will fund the renovation of Caritas’ Don Luigi di Liegro Hostel and Soup Kitchen at Rome’s Termini station.

10/16/2013 Comments (14)
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A contingent of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders were among the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Pope's Sunday Angelus on June 16.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has donated his Harley Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen that serves Rome’s homeless.

“It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this,” Msgr.  Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome, said at an Oct. 12 press conference.

The sale of the motorcycle will fund the renovation of Caritas’ Don Luigi di Liegro Hostel and Soup Kitchen at Rome’s Termini station. The two projects have operated since 1987 to help relieve the suffering of about 1,000 people every day, Caritas Rome reports.


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Government Allows Contract Priest to Celebrate Mass on Naval Base (8457)

One day after a lawsuit was filed in federal court challenging the suspension of Sunday Mass at the base, Justice Department attorneys said the priest could return.

10/16/2013 Comments (18)
Courtesy the Thomas More Law Center

The chapel at the King's Bay Naval Submarine Base.

– Courtesy the Thomas More Law Center

ST. MARYS, Ga. — On Oct. 1, Father Ray Leonard was slated to begin providing Catholic services at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia.

But after the government shutdown, the Catholic priest, who had contracted with the U.S. Department of Defense to celebrate Mass and provide sacramental preparation for the 300 Catholic families on the base, was told he would not be able to provide such services — not even as a volunteer.

Father Leonard contacted the Thomas More Law Center, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based public interest group. And on Oct. 14, legal counsel Erin Mersino filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C., that challenged the policy, which was based on...READ MORE

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Archbishop: Pope Francis’ Decision to Focus Synod on the Family Is ‘Providential’ (4192)

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said the event is an ‘extraordinary sign of affection’ of the Holy Father.

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

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VATICAN CITY — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, said it was “providential” that Pope Francis has decided to devote the next Synod of Bishops to the family.

Archbishop Paglia said that this synod “is an extraordinary sign of affection of Pope Francis for families,” coming in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the 1980 Synod of Bishops also focused on the family, which produced John Paul II's 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World).

On Oct. 8, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has convened the Synod of Bishops for Oct. 5-19, 2014, on the theme “The Pastoral...READ MORE

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Ordinariate Use Unites Anglican Tradition to Catholic Church (5021)

A Mass on Oct. 10, the day after the memorial of Anglican convert Blessed John Henry Newman, was the first liturgy to officially integrate traditional Anglican prayers into the Roman rite.

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LONDON — The introduction of a new ordinariate-use liturgy for groups of former Anglicans is uniting some of their old traditions to the fullness of the Catholic Church.

The Vatican office responsible for adapting parts of the Anglican liturgy for use in the Catholic Church “has had the task of the scribe, trained for the Kingdom of heaven, the householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old,” said Msgr. Andrew Burnham.

The monsignor serves as assistant to the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“We have had to examine just what it is in the Anglican liturgical books that can and should be brought fully into the life of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Historian: Catholic Church Played Pivotal Role in Rescue of Roman Jews (10988)

A new book contends that the Church was the ‘only organizing force’ committed to saving Jews in Rome during World War II.

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VATICAN CITY — The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome’s Jews during World War II, according to a Jewish historian and columnist of L’Osservatore Romano.

In a recently published book, Portico d’Ottavia, 13, Anna Foa describes the only raid against Jews committed by Nazis in Rome. The book is named for the address of the Oct. 16, 1943, raid.

Foa said Oct. 10 that “Nazis entered in the courtyard and knocked on everyone’s doors. They captured 30 people, one-third of the inhabitants of the house.”

She also explained that “Nazis had a list of the Jews living in that courtyard. The list was drafted based on the census of Jews made in...READ MORE

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Covering All the Bases With World Series Champion Jeff Suppan (6750)

The 2006 NLCS MVP discusses the MLB playoffs, family, prayer and Catholic media.

10/16/2013 Comments (4)
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Jeff Suppan delivers a pitch in the 2006 World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

– Dan Donovan/St. Louis Cardinals

With only four teams left in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is heading into the climax of its season, and Jeff Suppan knows exactly what the players are going through.

Suppan initially looked upon the playoffs with awe and trepidation, but, eventually, he gained a more accurate view of the dynamics at play. This helped to bring about a 2006 World Series Championship for him and the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Now that Suppan has been away from professional baseball for over a year, he spends most of his time in southern California with his wife, Dana, and their two small children, ages 2 and 4. He makes the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads before putting them in bed, and...READ MORE

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