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SDG Reviews 'The Secret World of Arrietty' (7201)

There’s a world of wonder under the floorboards in this gentle, wholesome family-film delight.

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– Disney

The Secret World of Arrietty just might change the way you look at the world around you — right around you. A wide-eyed sense of discovery and revelation permeates the film, and what it reveals is ... the mystery and wonder of an ordinary home.

Written by animation master Hayao Miyazaki and helmed by animator and first-time director Yonebayashi Hiromasa, The Secret World of Arrietty follows in the footsteps of ultra-gentle Studio Ghibli family fare like Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Ghibli films are renowned for painterly animation rich in authentic detail—yet seldom if ever has a Ghibli film, or any film, looked quite so closely and lovingly at the trappings of...READ MORE

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UPDATE: U.S. Bishops to White House: 'Recission of Mandate Only Solution' (2984)

White House touts positive feedback from Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities

02/13/2012 Comment

President Barack Obama is joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during his announcement of an 'accommodation' of his health-care rule requiring religious employers to provide women free access to contraception.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

UPDATE: On Feb. 12, the White House Blog posted “What They Are Saying: Preventive Health Care and Religious Institutions,” which included positive statements from several Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Charities USA.

“Catholic Charities USA welcomes the administration’s attempt to meet the concerns of the religious community, and we look forward to reviewing the final language. We are hopeful that this is a step in the right direction and are committed to continuing our work to ensure that our religious institutions will continue to be granted the freedom to remain faithful to our beliefs, while also being committed to providing access to...READ MORE

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Winter Wonders, Scripture Stories (917)

Feb. 12 issue children's book picks: winter, Valentine's Day and Scripture reads.

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– Shutterstock

The winter is a perfect time for kids to sip cocoa and nestle up with their favorite reads. Here are some suggestions that make for a wintry mix of titles for this time of year: a few books set in the chilly, winter weather, a few to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, and a couple of timeless titles to warm children’s spiritual hearts, too.

I Am Small

Written and illustrated by Emma Dodd

Scholastic, 2010

22 pages, $8.99

A baby penguin looks around and sees that he is very small compared to the big, fast-paced world around him. In his littleness, he notices that crowds are large, winds are cold, oceans are deep, and mountains are steep. But he doesn’t mind — because he knows that he is always loved...READ MORE

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Pope: 'This Is the Victory of Christ, Which Is Our Deep Healing' (1687)

Benedict XVI reflects on Jesus' healing of the leper and 154th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes' first appearance to St. Bernadette.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Jesus Christ’s healing of the leper in the Gospel of Mark encapsulates the whole history of salvation, said Pope Benedict XVI in his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 12.

When Jesus met the leper, he came into contact with a form of illness “considered at that time the most serious, enough to render a person ‘impure’ and to exclude (him) from the society,” the Pope explained to pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

There was even special legislation that reserved to Jewish priests “the task of declaring the person leprous; that is, impure,” he said. It was the job of the Jewish priests to decide if and when to re-admit the sufferer to society after he had been deemed...READ MORE

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Equipping Men for the Spiritual Battle (9033)

The co-host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock discusses his plan to prepare men for life’s most important moments.

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Co-host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock Doug Barry is also the founder and director of the Catholic apostolate Radix and the Nebraska-based Camp Gargano.

He spoke recently with Register senior writer Tim Drake.

Where are you from originally? Tell me about your family growing up.

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb. I’m the youngest of five children. My father was a traffic manager at a book company. My mother was primarily a stay-at-home mother. I went to Catholic grade school and graduated in 1983 from public school. I was interested in art and drama. I’m a poster child for lukewarm Catholics. I was raised in a Catholic family and went to Mass every Sunday, but my heart was never 100%...READ MORE

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Don't Listen to Sin (2614)

User's Guide to Sunday, Feb. 12

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Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).


Sunday, Feb. 12, 10pm Eastern: EWTN Theology Roundtable: Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Especially in an election year, it is important to understand what the Church teaches about the principles of life in our communities and nation.

Monday-Friday, 6:30pm Eastern: “Men, Women and the Mystery of Love,” a series in five parts. Edward Sri looks at the Church’s teaching on marriage and sexuality.


Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11;1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1; Mark 1:40-45

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We all know about the reputation of lepers, even apart from the Bible. When Catholics voted for the...READ MORE

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Missing Rungs on the Economic Ladder (2274)

Feb. 12 issue column

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When Blessed John Paul II visited the United States in 1999, he noted that the whole world looked to America as a land of hope, where people could, with little more than determination and a strong work ethic, discover their own dreams.

However, The New York Times recently reported on studies that show it is harder to rise up the economic ladder in the United States than in other countries like Canada and Denmark. The reasons for this are, unfortunately, all too familiar.

For one thing, better-paying jobs tend to go to the more highly educated. However, getting a higher education has become an increasingly more expensive proposition, with undergrads, not to mention graduate students,...READ MORE

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Nun Maintains Polish Ties Through 100-Year Family Correspondence (4682)

Letters' legacy reflects faith and family. Feb. 12 issue feature.

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Courtesy Sister Nancy Strillacci

Sister Nancy Strillacci visits with her Polish family.

– Courtesy Sister Nancy Strillacci

When 18-year-old Rose Wnek left her family in southern Poland to come to America in 1913, she didn’t know at the time that she would never see them again. Nevertheless, the young immigrant kept up ties to her homeland through a correspondence that has spanned two world wars and communism and a Polish Pope’s papacy — and continues nearly a century later through her granddaughter, Sister Nancy Strillacci, and her Polish cousins.

Sister Nancy, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has roots in both Poland and Italy, but she’s especially familiar with her Grandmother Rose’s family, who lives more than 4,000 miles away in the area of Kicznia, Poland. For the past 25 years, she...READ MORE

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