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SDG Reviews 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (7569)

Sci-fi reboot is smart and exciting, but is it a nihilistic fantasy?

08/05/2011 Comments (21)
20th Century Fox

– 20th Century Fox

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a smartly made, effective movie — but what sort of movie is it, exactly?

An origin story, oh yes, like so many others this summer, including X-Men: First Class, Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger. Like First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel/reboot to an existing cinematic franchise; and, like both First Class and Captain America — the best popcorn action movies of the summer — Rise tells a well-crafted back story about biologically enhanced beings.

In a number of respects, Rise of the Planet of the Apes plays as a sort of mirror image of Captain America. Instead of a research project intended to create an army of...READ MORE

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Famine in Africa, Keep Praying for Souls, How to be a Good Confessor, and much more! (3035)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/05/2011 Comment

Heartbreak and Hunger in Somalia. Click on Marry DeTurris Poust link to read this terrible tragedy.

Heartbreak and Hunger in Somalia - Marry DeTurris Poust, Our Sunday Visitor

. . . News.va: Famine in Somalia spreads to three more areas . . .

Kenyan Bishops Launch Emergency Fund to Assist in Famine - Agenzia Fides

African Famine: Inhuman to Remain Indifferent - News.va/L’Osservatore Romano

The Archbishop Who Organized Two WYD’s - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa

. . . World Youth Day Madrid: A Day That Will Make History . . .

Never Give Up! Keep Praying & Working for Souls! - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

How to be a Good Confessor - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

The Question of Government Size & Scope - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/In...READ MORE

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Madrid 'Is Abuzz' With World Youth Day Excitement (2672)

Papal nuncio says the faith fest is exactly what young people — and Spain — needs.

08/04/2011 Comments (1)

ROME (CNA) — When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Spain for World Youth Day mid-August, he will find a country gripped by economic crisis. Despite that, the papal nuncio to Madrid says Spanish enthusiasm for the papal visit is undiminished.

“Spain is waiting for the Holy Father with great desire and hope that he will also assist a recovery on a spiritual level,” said Archbishop Renzo Fratini to Vatican Radio Aug. 4, adding that in Madrid itself “there is great expectation, and the whole city is abuzz.” 

Spanish unemployment is currently the highest in the industrialized world, with nearly half of all young people unable to find work.

Spain “is going through a crisis of values and...READ MORE

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'CNN Hero' Feeds Children in Drought-Stricken Kenya (2966)

Catholic faith inspires Mary's Meals to put food on the table.

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via CNA/credit Mary's Meals

– via CNA/credit Mary's Meals

ARGYLL, Scotland (CNA/EWTN News) — Over 6,000 children in drought-stricken east Africa will receive a daily meal from this week onward. It is all thanks to a charity founded by a Catholic aid worker who was recently declared a “CNN Hero” and awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for his work.

“The situation in east Africa has become increasingly desperate, with failed rains leading to dire food and water shortages. What was already a crisis has become an emergency,” Magnus MacFarlane Barrow, chief executive of Mary’s Meals, told CNA from the charity’s headquarters in Argyll, Scotland. 

The initiative will focus on the Turkana area of northern Kenya. It is just one...READ MORE

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Dealing With Debt — and Stewardship (4172)

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Sen. John Beohner, R-Ohio and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., chat at a recent dinner in Washington.

– Reuters

“This coming month and every month to come, more or less, this government will spend $300 billion a month. That’s a lot of money. It’s more than any government has ever spent in the history of man,” Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said in a closing speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, before August recess.

The speech came at the end of the Treasury-declared Aug. 2 deadline debt-ceiling debate in the Senate and helped put the whole fight in some context.

“$180 billion of that $300 billion is money that we collect from the people of our country through taxes and fees and other ways,” Rubio, a freshman senator, continued. “But we borrow $120 billion a month to pay our $300...READ MORE

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Jefferson and Aquinas Meet, True Happiness, Handy Map of Hell, and much more! (2889)

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08/04/2011 Comment

An imagined encounter between St. Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Jefferson. Click on Fr. J. Augustine Di Noia O.P.'s link and learn what happens.

Why are Prominent Pro-Lifers Swimming the Tiber? - Kevin Birnbaum, Our Sunday Visitor

Thomas Jefferson & Thomas Aquinas: An Imagined Encounter - Fr. J. Augustine Di Noia OP, First Things

Doing Good, and Avoiding Evil - Stephen Phelan, HLI America

The Secret of True Happiness - Father Christopher Jamison, Catholic Herald

A Handy Map Of Hell - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking’s Ramblings - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Nice Fornication - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Dear Critics: Don’t Blame Vatican for Doctrines You Don’t Like - Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

Syria: Father Paolo Dall’Oglio Says...READ MORE

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Following a Path of Faith to Shrine of Christ's Passion (3920)

Indiana couple builds shrine on grandfather's farmland.

08/04/2011 Comments (3)

Frank and Shirley Schilling

Frank and Shirley Schilling were successful business owners looking to support their local parish when they bought land for St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Ind., 11 years ago. The Schillings wanted parishioners to have easy access to the nearby Marian Wayside Shrine, built by Frank Schilling’s grandfather.

But they couldn’t have guessed that their plot of land would become the site of an even larger shrine, The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Nor could they have predicted the shrine’s draw, with an estimated quarter-million visitors projected to visit this year alone.

Its popularity may have something to do with the attention to detail in the 18 narrated scenes of life-sized...READ MORE

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Best in the West: Thomas Aquinas College, Family-Centered Economy, Faith at Work, and much more! (2812)

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08/04/2011 Comment

Thomas Aquinas College Earns Princeton Review’s Best Academic Rating. Click on the Cardinal Newman Society's Campus Notes blog to learn more about this deeply orthodox Catholic college.

Thomas Aquinas College Earns Princeton Review’s Best Academic Rating - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

. . . Cal Catholic Daily: Princeton Review’s “Best of the West”: Thomas Aquinas College . . .

The Family-Centered Economy - Allan Carlson, MercatorNet

Is Facebook Pro-Life? “I’m Expecting” Status Added For Parents - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Witnessing your Faith at Work - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

Evangelical Convert: Richard Maffeo - Why I’m Catholic

The First—and Last—‘European’? - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

The Finding of St. Stephen’s Relics - Catholic Lane

Pope Recommends Summer Reading for Faithful - News.va/Vatican Radio

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