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Jesus Returns to the Big Screen in ‘Son of God’ (14504)

History Channel miniseries spins off feature film, which opens in theaters today.

02/28/2014 Comments (29)

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The producers behind Son of God are attempting something that hasn’t been tried for years, even decades — and I’m not just referring to the fact that their film is an explicitly Christian adaptation of the Gospels that is getting a wide release from a major distributor.

Son of God is adapted from the History Channel miniseries The Bible, which got huge ratings last year and has since become one of the bestselling TV-based DVDs ever — so this film may mark the first time since the rise of home video that filmmakers have repackaged a TV show for the big screen and asked an audience to pay to see it all over again.

Son of God does include a few minutes of new footage, and it moves some...READ MORE

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Pope to Mother of Train-Crash Victim: I Weep for You (2589)

The Holy Father sent a letter of condolence to the mother of a victim who died in a horrific 2012 train crash in Buenos Aires.

02/28/2014 Comment
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– Elise Harris/CNA

BUENOS AIRES — Pope Francis sent a letter offering his continued condolences to the mother of one of the victims of a 2012 Argentina train crash that killed dozens of people and injured hundreds more.

According to the Argentina Catholic Information Agency (AICA), the letter was read during a recent ceremony at the station where the accident occurred, marking the anniversary of the tragedy.

The accident took place Feb. 22, 2012, when the brakes failed on a train arriving at a Buenos Aires train station, causing it to crash into the platform.

The eight-car train was carrying more than 1,200 passengers. Fifty-two people died, and 702 were injured in the accident.

“That day grieved us all …...READ MORE

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Pope: Inconsistency of Actions Causes Church Scandal (4676)

In his daily homily, the Holy Father emphasizes that a faithful person ‘thinks like a Christian, feels like a Christian and acts like a Christian.’

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– Walter Sanchez Silva/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily Feb. 27, Pope Francis spoke of the harm done when Christians don’t practice what they preach, noting that this incoherence leads others away from the Church and often brings scandal.

“When there is no Christian coherency, and you live with this incoherence, you’re giving scandal. And the Christians that are not coherent are giving scandal,” the Pope said at Mass.

Speaking to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Holy Father began his reflections by drawing attention to a person to whom he administered the sacrament of confirmation during the Mass, observing that they had “manifested the desire to be a Christian.”


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Judge Strikes Down Texas’ Marriage Definition Amid Criticism (2533)

Gov. Rick Perry responds that the decision ‘is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box.’

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AUSTIN, Texas — The state of Texas is appealing a ruling from a federal judge that could impose same-sex “marriage” in the state, as supporters of Texas’ marriage amendment argue that the ruling violates the rights of the state and its citizens.

“We’ve seen a rash of these rulings in recent weeks, all making the same errors about binding Supreme Court precedents relevant to marriage and all issued by activist judges bound and determined to redefine marriage in defiance of thousands of years of human experience,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said Feb. 26.

The statute does not prohibit private ceremonies, but recognizes marriage as a union of a man and a...READ MORE

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Formerly Troubled Basketball Player Now Thriving on God’s Team (8955)

Florida priest Father Richard Pagano finds joy in conversion and evangelization.

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Father Richard Pagano

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At one time, Father Richard Pagano believed lasting happiness was to be found playing basketball. The point guard, who played hoops at a New Jersey community college, thought running down the court, escaping defenders and maneuvering past a much taller center for a finger-roll basket was the greatest thrill in life.

Many knee injuries later, Father Pagano started to see things differently. He gave up his desire for worldly glory and replaced it with one for God’s glory. After his dramatic conversion, he discerned a call to the priesthood and entered St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., in 2008. He was ordained on May 18, 2013, at the historic Cathedral-Basilica of...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Families to Pray for October Bishops’ Synod (2154)

This year’s synod at the Vatican will discuss the theme of ‘pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.’

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Pope Francis greets a family of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 4, 2013.

– Kyle Burkhart/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In a letter written to families, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of family life in the Church, stating their prayers are crucial for the upcoming synod that is dedicated to the unique challenges they face.

“I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task,” the Pope requested of families in his Feb. 25 letter, adding that “your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church.”

Announced by the Vatican last autumn, this year’s Synod of Bishops is slated to take place Oct. 5-19 and will explore the theme of “pastoral challenges of...READ MORE

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Trappist Monks’ Spirituality Praised as Key to Business Success (4188)

Business could learn from the culture of ‘service and selflessness’ that makes the Trappists so successful in their ventures, says entrepreneur and corporate executive August Turak.

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WASHINGTON — A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in their business ventures, but in all of their pursuits, said a businessman closely acquainted with the order.

Trappist monks build a culture of “service and selflessness” in their monasteries, which explains “why the monks are so successful, not just in their business practices but in everything that they do,” said August Turak at a recent address to young professionals at the Catholic Information Center in Washington.

“There’s no such thing for the monks as balancing your personal life and your spiritual life: It's all one,” he explained.

Turak is a businessman who...READ MORE

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12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith, The Limits of Life, The Mother of All Virtues and Much More! (4665)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/27/2014 Comment

12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith. Follow the link by Stephen Beale of Catholic Exchange to read more.

12 Latin Words that Shaped the Faith by Stephen Beale of Catholic Exchange – BigPulpit.com

The Limits of Life: Biology & the Philosophy of Nature – William E. Carroll

Does The New York Times Think Religious Freedom Violates the First Amendment? – God & Caesar

Bishops Should Deny Communion to Pro-Aborts - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Mother of All Virtues – Stacy Trasancos PhD

52 “Catholic Groups” Self-Identify as Needing Good Catechesis – Quartermaster of the Barque

How Do the Two Become One? – The Alexanders, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Death of the Sarum Rite – Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

Discovering the Love of God through Marriage – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand...READ MORE

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