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SDG Reviews ‘Finding Dory’ (5833)

Pleasant, amusing and of course visually stunning, Pixar’s latest sequel earns laughs and even a few tears, but never approaches the emotional or creative heights of its classic original.

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“I suffer from short-term memory loss. … I forget things almost instantly. It runs in my family. At least I think it does … hmm. Where are they … ?”

In those brief lines — nimbly delivered by Ellen DeGeneres as the blue tang Dory, introducing herself to Albert Brooks’ Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo over a dozen years ago — are a potent blend of daring wit, restless invention and creative ruthlessness typical of Pixar in its prime.

Dory’s perpetual forgetfulness was at once a stroke of comic genius, a flourish of poignant character development, a crucial plot point and — fleetingly evoked by the unresolved tension of that passing question, trailing off before fading away — a hint...READ MORE

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Sadly, Partisanship Reigns Even in the Face of Disaster (2900)

Despite moments of silence, prayer vigils and resolutions to heal, the response to the Orlando massacre is a depressing illustration of an American public square in which even 50 deaths doesn’t get in the way of prosecuting one’s political agenda.

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Orlando Continues To Mourn The Mass Shooting At Gay Club That Killed 49.

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The Orlando massacre was certainly news, but not altogether new. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — 50 dead, including the killer. Yet it was not even the deadliest jihadist massacre of the last several months. There were 130 dead in Paris last November and 70 dead in Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

The Orlando terror attack garnered global attention because it was an escalation of terrorism in the American homeland, because it targeted a gay nightclub, and, it must be admitted, because of the propensity of the hyper-political culture of the United States to impose partisanship even on bodies heaped, bloody and bullet-ridden, on the dance floor.

The massacre was a great evil...READ MORE

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Amid Grief in Orlando, Catholics Listen, Counsel and Weep with Survivors and Loved Ones (1631)

The horrific aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando has seen an outpouring of the works of mercy from local Catholics and beyond.

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A woman prays at the Orlando prayer vigil at St. James Cathedral, June 13.

– Andrea Navarro / Diocese of Orlando.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Following the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people in Orlando, Catholics have tried to be the hands and feet of Christ in showing mercy to victims, their families, and loved ones.

“We’re in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And here we have individuals who are in tremendous need of mercy — the repose of the souls of those who are deceased, the family members, the friends, the tremendous shock that has occurred personally,” Gary Tester, executive of Catholic Charities Central Florida, told CNA.

The Diocese of Orlando’s response to the tragedy, he added, follows the words of Pope Francis, who “has called us to remember how important it is to simply love our neighbor.”...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Send Powerful Message of Mercy at Auschwitz for World Youth Day (1349)

The Holy Father’s decision to visit the Nazi death camp will connect youths’ Friday reflection on the Paschal Mystery with the horrific tragedy of the Shoah.

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The entrance to Auschwitz.

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KRAKOW — Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.

This year’s gathering in Krakow will feature the same World Youth Day elements — the speeches, Masses and prayer reflections — but it will also be unique with Pope Francis’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp as part of the July 25-31 itinerary in Poland.

Paul Jarzembowski, the World Youth Day USA Coordinator at the U.S. bishops’ conference, explained that the structure of the global gathering is intended to reflect the saving events of Triduum: the passion, death and resurrection...READ MORE

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Faith and the City: Opus Dei Assumes Responsibility for St. Agnes Church (7130)

Cardinal Dolan has invited the prelature to take over pastoral care and administration at the historic New York church, where Archbishop Fulton Sheen frequently celebrated Mass.

06/15/2016 Comments (8)
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NEW YORK PARISH. St. Agnes serves commuters and visitors alike at its location near Grand Central Terminal.

– Angelo Stagnaro

NEW YORK — No torture chambers. No grand conspiracy theories. No badly written prose. And definitely no albino monks running amok.

Just renewed piety and commitment to orthodoxy at St. Agnes Church: The prelature of Opus Dei has accepted Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s invitation to assume responsibility for the pastoral care and administration of St. Agnes — the well-known parish serving the area around New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

St. Agnes is probably best known as the church where Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen would often celebrate Mass. In fact, the block of 43rd Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue is officially known as Fulton Sheen Place.

In a statement, Cardinal...READ MORE

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Pope: When Jesus Healed Blind Man Who Cried Out to Him, It Was ‘an Encounter of Mercy’ (1438)

‘We must allow ourselves to be called by Jesus, to be healed by Jesus, forgiven by Jesus and to follow behind him,’ the Holy Father said June 15.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to close our hearts because we are “bothered” by their constant pleas for help.

Reflecting on the miracle in Chapter 18 of Luke’s Gospel, in which Jesus heals a blind man who cries out to him on the side of the road, Francis noted how the man had “a strong voice,” but the people around “rebuke him to keep quiet, as if he didn’t have the right to speak.”

“They don’t have compassion on him, but, rather, they are bothered by his cries,” the Pope said, asking: “How many times do we, when we see so many people in the street, needy people, sick and with nothing to eat,...READ MORE

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Bishop Robert Barron: Priests, in Vision of Pope Francis, Are Mercy Messengers (2992)

‘I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to renew the priesthood for our time,’ the auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles said recently during the Jubilee of Priests.

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ROME — During the recent Jubilee for Priests in Rome, Bishop Robert Barron sat down for an interview with CNA, where he discussed Pope Francis’ view on the meaning of the priesthood.

“In the vision of Pope Francis, (priests) are the key players in communicating the Divine Mercy to the world. He sees that as our primary mission,” Bishop Barron said June 3.

“I think (the Pope) sees the mercy emphasis as the best way to renew the priesthood for our time.”

Bishop Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, was invited to give a catechesis to the English-language participants during the June 1-3 Jubilee of Priests.

Before being appointed auxiliary...READ MORE

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In Case You Missed It: Young Nuns Are a Trend (6558)

There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey has found. The postulants’ average age is 27, while novices have an average age of 29. Temporary professed sisters have an average age of 32.

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WASHINGTON — There is a young and vital presence of religious sisters, novices and postulants in U.S. Catholic life, a new survey has found.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious has released its latest survey of its 120 member communities in 137 U.S. dioceses.

Mother Mary Agnes Donovan, council chairperson and superior general of the Sisters of Life, said the council is “blessed” to have both older and younger institutes in its membership.

“The presence of the well-established communities lends a wisdom and guiding presence to the newer communities,” she said. “I am sure that without the mentoring support and generosity of these superiors, communities such as ours would...READ MORE

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