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9/11 and the Echo of Terror (3463)

COMMENTARY: As we mark the 15th anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, it is worth also remembering that the timing of the attacks was part of the jihadists’ plans.

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FEMA photograph by Andrea Booher via 911 Memorial Instagram

American flag at Ground Zero

– FEMA photograph by Andrea Booher via 911 Memorial Instagram

Mark Twain is supposed to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it echoes.” As Americans commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, it is worth also remembering that the timing of the attacks on that particular date was part of the jihadists’ plans.

Westerners often forget that the battle with militant Islam has been going on for centuries. While the Islamic religion began in the seventh century as a peaceful, spiritual movement, it soon developed a militant dimension, as the Prophet Muhammad began using military force, first in self-defense and then for conquest. The conquests continued as the Muslim forces pressed westward into...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Sully’ (4184)

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood revisit the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ in a moving celebration of grace under pressure, not only in a sudden crisis, but also amid the glare of ensuing attention and scrutiny.

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Many actors come to own the roles they play so completely that once you see them, you can’t imagine anyone else in the part. Tom Hanks plays roles in which you can’t imagine anyone else even before you see him: Capt. Richard Phillips, Walt Disney, James B. Donovan (Bridge of Spies) and now Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the hero pilot of the January 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson.”

Seven years ago, when the white-headed, mustachioed pilot’s self-deprecating but calmly assured bearing under the sudden barrage of media attention made him an instantly beloved national hero, if you had asked me who could play Sully in the inevitable movie version, I would have said “Tom Hanks, in 10 years.”...READ MORE

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Watch EWTN? Head to Alabama to Meet Everyone (1236)

The life and legacy of Mother Angelica will be the focus of EWTN Global Catholic Network’s family celebration in Birmingham Sept. 17-18.

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Mother Angelica

– EWTN photo

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The life and legacy of Mother Angelica will be the focus of EWTN Global Catholic Network’s family celebration in Birmingham Sept. 17-18.

“This year’s EWTN Family Celebration is our first since the death of Mother Angelica and provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary life of Mother and what she meant to her EWTN family and to the world,” said EWTN Chairman Michael Warsaw.

The free event will take place at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.

On Saturday evening, there will be a recording of EWTN’s Family Talk Live with Father Joseph Mary Wolfe and Warsaw.

“We will share our memories and answer audience questions about the...READ MORE

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Adult Stem-Cell Transplants: A Journey of Faith Backed by Science (3365)

Ethical research has produced treatments that are miracles of modern science — but the transplant process itself is a journey of faith in God, say recipients.

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Cancer-survivor Cindy Schroeder and her family

– StemCellResearchFacts.org

SALINA, Kan. — A cascade of tears overcame Cindy Schroeder when her doctor sat down with her and gave her the diagnosis that shattered her world: cancer. But with a husband and a family to take care of — including two daughters not even in high school — Schroeder rallied to ask her doctor, “What do we do next?”

Thankfully, he had an answer for her that gave her what she needed — hope.

“He said we need to look into an adult stem-cell transplant,” Schroeder told the Register, recalling that doctor’s office conversation.

Schroeder had a diagnosis of a deadly blood cancer, multiple myeloma. The disease had ravaged her body — as the doctors discovered, it had spread to her lungs and kidneys —...READ MORE

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In Memoriam: Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) (2945)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The longtime conservative Catholic activist, who is credited with organizing the grassroots campaign that defeated the Equal Rights Amendment, died Sept. 5 at the age of 92.

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2007 photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Phyllis Schlafly died on Sept. 5 at the age of 92.

– 2007 photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

ST. LOUIS — When Andrew Schlafly embraced the conservative movement in adulthood, he asked his mother, Phyllis, to explain what made her own activism so successful.  

Enjoy the political battle was her basic response.

“She said, ‘Be like an Irish cop who gets into the fray, fights the bad guys and enjoys the fight,’” Andrew Schlafly told the Register. “She told me, ‘It isn’t enough to fight for what’s right. You have to enjoy it. Then you will have staying power.’”

Phyllis Schlafly died on Sept. 5 at the age of 92. And if further evidence of her staying power were needed, conservative activists who lauded her tireless campaign to stop a flawed Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and to...READ MORE

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Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters (13499)

From the archives: Following the death of Leonard Nimoy, the Register’s film critic reflects on the significance of the franchise — and one of its defining characters.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published in March 2015. It is reprinted today on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's television debut.

I think my earliest memory of Star Trek is of an episode I watched at my grandparents’ house, a rerun of “Arena” — the original series episode pitting William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk against a hissing, reptilian alien captain of a race called the Gorn.

To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying, slow and inhuman and incalculable behind a rigid, inexpressive mask. (A few years ago, I showed “Arena” to my kids, and there was much hooting and merriment at the first...READ MORE

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Young Maronite Catholics Visit the Land of Their Spiritual Ancestors (1768)

The Maronite Academy in Lebanon annually brings in young people from around the world to discover their heritage and mission.

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A group of Maronite Catholic youth visiting Lebanon from around the world to participate in the 2016 Maronite Academy in August, gather outside the entrance to the convent of Saint Maron in Annaya, where the tomb of St. Charbel is located.

– Maronite Academy

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A group of 45 Maronite Catholic youth of Lebanese descent came from all over the world to learn about their heritage and explore the land of their ancestors.

As participants in the Maronite Academy — an initiative of the Maronite Foundation in the World — youth from 20 countries experienced Lebanon’s historic, religious and cultural sites during the fourth annual program in August.

“I’m just very thankful that we’re given the opportunity to have something like this presented to us: to go to all the churches, to learn more about the saints,” said 32-year-old Sharon Kayrooz, an accountant from Queensland, Australia, of her two-week visit to Lebanon.

In north Lebanon, for...READ MORE

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Beware of Believing in False Images of the Messiah, Says Pope Francis (4366)

The Holy Father taught Christians they need to embrace the entirety of Jesus Christ if they wish to experience his merciful love.

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Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis warned Christians against making Jesus into the person they want him to be, and thus creating obstacles to a true relationship with Christ and his mercy.

“The admonition of Jesus is always present: even today man constructs images of God that prevent him from enjoying his real presence,” the Pope said during the Sept. 7 general audience.

“Some carve out a 'do it yourself' faith that reduces God in the limited space of their own desires and their own beliefs,” he said. “But this faith is not conversion to the Lord that is revealed, in fact, it prevents him from arousing our life and our conscience.”

In his catechesis, Pope Francis named several...READ MORE

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