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‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ (5275)

FILM REVIEW: Feast for the Eyes Starving for a Better Script

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'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2'

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One of the nicer surprises on the big screen these last few years was the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Unlike certain animated features that strive for a kind of photo-naturalistic realism, Cloudy, which concerned a young inventor named Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) whose ability to make food out of almost nothing quickly gets out of hand, was delightfully cartoony and consistently inventive to boot.

What’s more, the film had positive things to say about father-son relationships, the value of intelligence (for boys and girls alike) and the dangers posed by pollution and the industrialization of food — all without being too on the nose about it, and all without...READ MORE

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New Chinese-English Bible Marks Major Evangelization Breakthrough (4436)

The new Bible will help spread the faith among those curious about Christianity and wanting to learn English.

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An open Bible

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WASHINGTON — A new edition of the Old Testament in both English and traditional Chinese is a valuable tool for Chinese Catholics and represents a new possibility for evangelization, say leaders in the community.

Carolyn Ng, director of religious education for the Our Lady of China Pastoral Mission in the Archdiocese of Washington, told CNA that she is “overjoyed” about the new translation, and  she is “very happy there is such a tool for evangelization as well as use among Catholics.”

She stated that the complete parallel translation will help baptized Catholics be able to participate more fully in the Chinese Catholic community, whether English or Chinese is their first language.


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Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Gives Egyptʼs Christians Hope for Future (3519)

A Sept. 23 court order banning the Islamist group and ordering its assets confiscated is good news for religious minorities, according to Christian spokesmen.

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Egyptian security officers stand at a military checkpoint at the Supreme Constitutional Court building on the Nile River corniche in the Maadi district in Cairo, Egypt.

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CAIRO — Pushed to the edge of endurance, Egyptʼs persecuted Christians have started to see some relief from Islamist persecution, as Egyptʼs security forces and law courts crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its violent activities.

Ever since a popular uprising backed by Egyptʼs military toppled the government of President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, the Muslim Brotherhood has seethed at their fall from power. And they have directed much of their rage at Egyptʼs Coptic Christian minority, which accounts for 10% of Egyptʼs 84 million people.

However, the tide of persecution endured by the Copts may be turning. While military and police operations regain security over the country, a...READ MORE

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Five Appointments Made to Pope's Liturgical Celebrations Office (6274)

The office plans the ceremonies of papal liturgies.

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Pope Frances celebrates Easter morning Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 31.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Sept. 26 that five men have been appointed as consultants to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

The office plans the ceremonies of papal liturgies and is headed by the papal master of ceremonies, currently Msgr. Guido Marini.

Those appointed are Father Silvano Maggiani, Father Corrado Maggioni, Father Giuseppe Midili, Msgr. Angelo Lameri and Archimandrite Father Manuel Nin.

Father Maggiani is a professor of liturgy at the Marianum Pontifical faculty and at the St. Anselm Pontifical Athenaeum, and Father Maggioni is an office head at the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Father Midili, a Carmelite, is director of the...READ MORE

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You May Weep, Families and Infertility, It's Not Career Versus Family Anymore and More! (4214)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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You May Weep by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

You May Weep by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf - BigPulpit.com

Families and Infertility - Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

It’s Not Career Versus Family Anymore - Christina M. Weber, Ignitum Today

The Purpose of Catholic Education and the Role of the State - Joe Carter, PowerBlog

Pope Francis Excommunicates Dissident Aussie Priest – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Examining Scouting Choices, A Letter from My Husband - Collin Wahlund, A Star of Hope

Rubricism, Juridicalism, & Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Boycott Pakistan’s Cricket Team for Persecution of Christians - Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

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Mora’s Miracle: The Costa Rican Woman Who Was Healed Through John Paul II’s Intercession (18065)

Floribeth Mora Diaz recounts the amazing story of her medically inexplicable recovery in 2011 from an inoperable brain aneurism.

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Floribeth Mora Diaz.

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Floribeth Mora Diaz was told by doctors in 2011 that she had an inoperable brain aneurysm. The Costa Rican woman prayed for Blessed John Paul II’s intercession for a cure while watching a broadcast of the former Pope’s beatification on May 1, 2011. Immediately, she began to feel better. Later, doctors couldn’t explain her rapid recovery. They saw no traces of her once life-threatening aneurysm.

Mora sent her story to the Vatican for review in the cause for Pope John Paul’s sainthood.

On July 5, Pope Francis approved Mora’s miracle and thus paved the way for Blessed John Paul II’s canonization. Cardinals will meet in a consistory Sept. 30 in Rome to set the date for John Paul II’s...READ MORE

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Pius XII Knew He Would Be Misunderstood Over the Holocaust, Theologian Says (5008)

Both the German resistance movement and Poland’s bishops told Pius XII that direct action would make things worse for the Jews.

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Aug. 16, 1943, cover of Time magazine featuring Pope Pius XII.

VATICAN CITY — A priest who knew Pius XII personally and had access to “every strip of paper” in the Vatican Archives says the Pope believed he did the right thing during the Holocaust, despite knowing he would be questioned.

Father Peter Gumpel, 90, a former professor at the Gregorian University in Rome for 25 years, was simultaneously appointed as a theological consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and as assistant postulator general.

He said he was personally acquainted with Pope Pius XII and has met every pope since then, with the exception of John Paul I.

The work that Father Gumpel was assigned as a theological consultant was to “examine everything” related...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke’s Advice to Nancy Pelosi: Back Off Holy Communion (28760)

The prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura also shared his views on Pope Francis, Fatima and the threat of U.S. government persecution of Catholics.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

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WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s repeated public support for abortion is a “grave sin” that means she should not be admitted to holy Communion, out of concern for her spiritual state, said Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Cardinal Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court of appeal other than the Pope, explained that Canon 915 of canon law “must be applied” in Pelosi’s case. That canon states that people who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” should not be admitted to Communion.

“This is a person who, obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still...READ MORE

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