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Film Can Aid the New Evangelization, Head of Vatican’s Council for Culture Says (2017)

Third annual Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival held in Rome.

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Andy Garcia won the 'Silver Fish' award for his portrayal of the leader of the Cristero army in For Greater Glory.

– ForGreaterGlory.com

VATICAN CITY — At the recent International Catholic Film Festival’s award ceremony in Rome, the head of the Vatican’s Council for Culture said movies can aid the task of evangelizing modern society.

At the July 5 awards event at the Vatican Museum’s Octagon Patio, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi noted that films are especially important for telling the world about Catholicism.

Catholics “have a great tradition behind us that represents the Christian faith and the themes and symbols of the biblical narratives — and also because they are one of the new means of communication,” he said.

“In one sense, a movie can seem like a biblical passage, which is made up of images and narration,”...READ MORE

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Nuns on the Bus' Media Stunt Detracts From Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom (17013)


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Sister Simone Campbell drums up support during a Nuns on the Bus tour stop in South Bend, Ind.

– Ann Carey photo

The recently completed “Nuns on the Bus” tour garnered a great deal of publicity for the sisters involved, who claimed they were making the trip to protest proposed federal budget cuts they say would hurt the poor. However, there were many more undercurrents to the nine-state, two-week trip than most people realize.

The giant banner on their bus proclaimed, “Sisters driving for faith, family and fairness,” and a gushing media noted that the sisters’ fans along the way greeted them like rock stars. However, it turns out that the sisters who organized the June 18-July 2 tour — from the sisters’ lobbying group Network — also were driving for their own agenda.

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Date the Fat Guys Ladies, The Mortal Sins of Immortal Souls, Too Much Stuff!, and Much More! (2790)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/13/2012 Comment

Date the Fat Guys, Ladies. Click on the link by Julie Robison to read more.

Date the Fat Guys, Ladies – Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

The Mortal Sins of Immortal Souls – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Too Much Stuff! – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Facing the People: Cardinal Burke’s Opinion by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture – Big Pulpit

The Last Ancient Patriarch of Jerusalem: Saint Sophronius – Robert Shaffern, Crisis Magazine

The Original Godless Terrorists – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

Catholic Educators and Their Problems with Making a "Profession of Faith" – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Will Someone Buy Melinda Gates Needs a Copy of the "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church"? – Carl...READ MORE

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Does the Church Hate Persons With Same-Sex Attraction? (10127)

Father Paul Check of Courage International puts the question of homosexuality in its proper context.

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Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International

– Courtesy of Courage

As the California Proposition 8 marriage case wends its way toward the U.S. Supreme Court, the Church is subjected to increasingly hostile attacks. The NewCivilRightsMovement.com, which reports on same-sex “marriage” issues, tells its readers, “The Catholic Church is the world’s single largest anti-gay hate group” and that Pope Benedict’s defense of the traditional family in January was “preposterous anti-gay hate speech.”

In such a verbally violent climate, how can Catholics explain the Church’s teachings of love, marriage and life? In search of answers, we recently spoke with Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International, a 30-year-old Church apostolate ministering to...READ MORE

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The Golden Age Cometh, Catholic Checkers!, Vatican Excommunicates Communist Bishop, and Much More! (2180)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/12/2012 Comment

The Golden Age Cometh. Click on the link by Fr. C. John McCloskey III to read more.

The Golden Age Cometh – Fr. C. John McCloskey III, The Catholic Thing

Catholic Checkers! – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Vatican Excommunicates Red Chinese Bishop of Harbin – Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Did Our Lord Ever Laugh? by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog – Big Pulpit

Vatican’s New Media Man Needs Curia’s Total Unflinching Support – Russell Shaw, OSV Daily Take

A Mission from God (Mark 6:7-13) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Prometheus and the Cross – Christopher S. Morrissey, Catholic World Report

SNAP: ‘Grateful’ That Man Who Hurt Elderly Accused Priest Is Free – David F. Pierre Jr, TheMediaReport.com


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SDG Reviews 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' (6502)

The sub-zero heroes are back … for fourths.

07/12/2012 Comments (15)

Ice Age: Continental Drift is more like a Happy Meal than a movie. It’s another serving of exactly the same product that millions of families have been served before and will come back to again and again. Its brand-name familiarity and reassuring sameness are its stock in trade. Nothing is different except for the toys: Last time it was dinosaurs; this time it’s pirates. It’s more resolutely like the three previous Ice Age movies than they are like themselves.

Oh, the pros and cons of each film shift about. The original is the only one that really works: a nice exercise in shtick, with some real heart amid the clunkier bits, and the crowd-pleasing wordless slapstick of Scrat the...READ MORE

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Historian: Media's Charges of Bishops’ ‘Partisanship’ Is Misrepresentative (1489)

There’s no ‘left’ or ‘right,’ in the Catholic social doctrine, Matthew Bunson says.

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Matthew Bunson

– St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

DENVER — Critics who accuse the U.S. bishops of “partisanship” have misunderstood their motives by viewing religious questions in secular terms, supporters of the Catholic hierarchy say.

“The media has no quibble at all when the bishops issue a statement questioning some aspects of Paul Ryan’s budget, or when they express their support of recent decisions on the part of the Obama administration relating to immigration,” Church historian Matthew Bunson said. “It’s only when the bishops decide to exercise their authority in areas the media disagrees with” — such as the marriage, sexuality or theological orthodoxy — “that the bishops are suddenly ‘reactionary.’”

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John Paul I, Paul VI Beatifications Possible During Year of Faith (15162)

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Pope John Paul I

ROME, Italy — A former head of the Vatican’s congregation on saints’ causes said Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith.

Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper Corriere delle Alpi June 25.

After the beatification of John Paul II in May of 2011, Pope Benedict’s possible beatifications of John Paul I and Paul VI would be the first time in history that a Pope has beatified three of his predecessors.

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