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SDG Reviews 'Mirror Mirror' (8198)

Tarsem Singh’s visually stunning Snow White movie is a revisionist fairy tale that blends sweetness with occasional rude humor.

03/30/2012 Comments (28)
Mirror Mirror Facebook page

The Queen (Julia Roberts) and Snow White (Lily Collins) bring fairy-tale world to life in Mirror Mirror.

– Mirror Mirror Facebook page

What’s the last movie you saw that created an imaginary world that was actually beautiful, bursting with color and beauty and inspiration? A world that reminded you of the feeling you had as a child the first time you saw Dorothy open that door on the Technicolor world of Oz? A world you would actually like to enter and walk around in?

So many movie fantasy worlds these days, from Wrath of the Titans to John Carter, from Harry Potter to Red Riding Hood, are dominated by somber earth tones and chilly computer animation. Ironically, two of the most colorfully imaginative exceptions, James Cameron’s Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, were monster box-office hits. Yet “dark,”...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Welcomes 2 Thomas More College Students Into the Church (2146)

On March 28, within the historic surrounding of the Vatican’s Church of St. Anne, two 19-year-olds were received into the Church.

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Thomas More College Facebook

– Thomas More College Facebook

Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, described the beauty of receiving two young Americans in Rome into the Catholic Church.

“Today we are privileged to witness in a most beautiful manifestation the work of God’s grace flowing from the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus through the mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” said Cardinal Burke in his homily March 28.

Jonathan Wasserman, 19, from Kansas City, Mo., and 19-year-old Kristina Landry from Ellington, Conn., are both students at Thomas More College in New Hampshire. As part of their four-year liberal arts course they have been studying in Rome for the past three months.

On March 28, within the historic...READ MORE

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John Senior, Hilaire Belloc, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Priest in the Funny Hat, and much more! (2380)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/30/2012 Comment

Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales & Bad Child’s Book of Beasts (and John Senior). Click on the link by James Vogel to read and be enriched.

Hilaire Belloc, Cautionary Tales & Bad Child’s Book of Beasts (and John Senior) - James Vogel, Crisis Magazine

Update on the C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien Film Project - Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

The Priest in the Funny Hat - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Bible: Using Creative Illustrated Pop Art - Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

New Catholic Resources From Logos - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & the Machine

The Sapiential Character of Sacramental Reconciliation - Fr. Richard L. Schamber, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Alaska’s Catholic Bloggers Inspired By Pope - Rashae Ophus Johnson, Catholic Anchor

Help this Group which Helps Priests in Need, A Lenten Almsgiving Choice -...READ MORE

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Vanderbilt Catholic Group Will Leave Campus Over University Policy (6785)

The group says it will become an off-campus ministry following implementation of policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic.

03/29/2012 Comments (25)
Vanderbilt University Facebook

– Vanderbilt University Facebook

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic.

“The discriminatory nondiscrimination policy at Vanderbilt University has forced our hand,” Vanderbilt Catholic chaplain Father John Sims Baker said in a March 26 statement.

“Our purpose has always been to share the Gospel and proudly to proclaim our Catholic faith. What other reason could there be for a Catholic organization at Vanderbilt?” he asked. “How can we say it is not important that a Catholic lead a Catholic organization?”

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5 Ways for Successful Online Activism, Developing a Strong Catholic Identity is Crucial, and more! (2142)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/29/2012 Comment

Five Ways to Help Catholics Stop Failing at Online Activism. Click on the link by Thomas Peters to read more.

Five Ways to Help Catholics Stop Failing at Online Activism - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Archbishop Michael Miller: Developing Strong Catholic Identity is Crucial - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Awkwardness of Free-Thinking - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Recognizing Seven Diversion Tactics in Philosophy & Theology - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Loving the Rapist’s Child - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Swag Now Available! - Fr. Z’s Blog

Why Christian Produced Movies Are...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict's Pilgrimage to Cuba: Actions Risk Drowning Words (4093)

Regime wanted the benefits of a papal visit, but it seems unwilling to let go of its control over the masses.

03/29/2012 Comments (8)
L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in Plaza de la Revolución 'José Martí' on March 28 in Havana, Cuba. A building in the background displays an image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

– L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — As Pope Benedict XVI departed from Havana, Cuba, March 28 in a turbulent rainstorm, the glowering sky seemed a sadly fitting tribute to a visit marred by violence.

Throughout his three-day pilgrimage, the Holy Father’s goal of preaching the Gospel to an embattled people was grossly undermined by the heavy-handed tactics of government security agents who forcibly prevented many people from hearing the Holy Father’s message.

More than 150 Cuban human-rights activists were detained, typically sequestered in police stations, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to prevent them for expressing opposition to the Castro regime, according to Amnesty International.

At least one protester at...READ MORE

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Challenging Islam, Catholic Apps: iPieta, Baptist Convert: Steve Ray, Jesus from Texas, and more! (4387)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/29/2012 Comment

Challenging Islam. Click on the link by Fr. Michael P. Orsi to read and learn more.

Challenging Islam - Fr. Michael P. Orsi, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Catholic Apps: iPieta - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Baptist Convert: Steve Ray - Why I’m Catholic

If Jesus Was From Texas. . . - The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

Gregorian Chant Used in Pope’s Mexico Mass - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

The Rise and Fall of a Great Catholic Literary Revival - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Teresa Musco -Stigmatic, Mystic & Victim Soul - Mystics of the Church

The Differences the Pill has Made - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver/The Catholic Difference

Philadelphia Sex Abuse Accuser Has Lengthy Criminal Record & a History of Filing False...READ MORE

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Pope Leaves Cuba With Call to Renew Faith, Build Up Society (2126)

03/28/2012 Comments (2)
EWTN/CNA World Catholic News

Pope Benedict XVI seen giving his farewell address from Havana March 28.

– EWTN/CNA World Catholic News

HAVANA, Cuba—As he concluded his historic trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the people of the island nation to “look again to the faith of your elders” and to “draw from that faith the strength to build a better future.”

By allowing the “most noble values” of the Cuban soul to blossom, the country can create “the basis for building a society of broad vision, renewed and reconciled,” he said as he prepared to leave for Rome.

During a March 28 farewell ceremony at José Martí International Airport, the Pope urged the nation to “trust in the Lord’s promises” and be open to the Gospel “so as to authentically renew your personal and social life.”

Looking to the future, the Holy Father...READ MORE

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