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Wait for Love, Jane Austen Says (5588)

Arts & Letters: The Novels of Jane Austen

05/30/2010 Comments (2)
Bethany House Publishers

– Bethany House Publishers

“To you I shall say, as I have often said before: Do not be in a hurry. The right man will come at last.”

That’s what Jane Austen told her niece Fanny Knight in a letter.

Well said, Jane!

Waiting for the right man is the theme of all of her novels. She has provided us with great examples of true heroines: women who wait for true love — and work on becoming better women while they wait for Mr. Right.

Through her witty plotlines, Jane Austen gives us deep insights on courtship and marriage. She champions marriages that foster the development of love, such as those of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and Jane and Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

That’s not to say there’s no courtship strife....READ MORE

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Military Kids and the Faith (4088)

Life Teen Links Up With Evangelical Group to Help ‘Third Culture Kids’

05/28/2010 Comments (2)
Evelyn Rennich, MCYM staff

– Evelyn Rennich, MCYM staff

WASHINGTON — They’re known as “third culture kids,” sons and daughters of military personnel who move from base to base, never quite being part of the wider world.

Problems often experienced by teenagers are exacerbated by the life experiences of military kids.

“These teens are a subculture within a bigger youth culture,” said Randy Raus, president of Life Teen, an international Catholic ministry. “They don’t know from day to day if their parent will come home. They move frequently and become very resilient very quickly. They suffer from increased pressure that many teens in the U.S. just don’t feel.”

Now there is a Catholic outreach to this group, a partnership between the...READ MORE

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A Magical Knife Turns Back Time … (6915)

Review: Video Game-Turned-Movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Isn’t Memorable

05/27/2010 Comments (15)
Disney

ANCIENT ACTION HERO. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, an orphaned street rat whose courage and derring-do in a marketplace dustup impresses the noble king in The Prince of Persia.

– Disney

Are there five less inspiring words in the English language than “based on a video game”? You never know, of course. “Based on a theme-park attraction” sounds, in theory, like it would be worse, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer beat the odds with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, so anything is possible.

Bruckheimer’s latest Disney production, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, is based on a long-running video game franchise. Lightning has not struck twice. Not even a distant roll of thunder or a shadow of a storm cloud, except in the Jerry Bruckheimer Films logo at the start of the film.

No one expects it to be art. When a movie is called Prince of...READ MORE

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Immigration Integration (4859)

Bishops Educate, Advocate for Humane Treatment of Illegal Immigrants

05/27/2010 Comments (18)
CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

OUTRAGED. Protesters hold their hands up in prayer May 1 during a demonstration against Arizona's tough new immigration law outside the state Capitol in Phoenix. Demonstrators at rallies across the nation criticized the law, which makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.

– CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

WASHINGTON — No matter where Americans stand on illegal immigration, the U.S. bishops hope they will first look at the people involved as individuals who need to be treated humanely.

“We aim to educate Catholics on this issue,” the need to recognize that illegal immigrants are people first deserving of the dignity God gives everyone, said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services Office.

The pastoral education effort of Catholics comes as Congress again considers an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy, including a controversial legalization for millions of illegal immigrants. The bishops,...READ MORE

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Nationwide Shift in Pastoral Outreach (2934)

Archbishop Wenski a Sign of the Times

05/26/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Jacque Brunds, The Florida Catholic

PRESS CONFERENCE. Archbishop Thomas Wenski gestures during an April 20 press conference in Orlando, Fla., held to announced his appointment as the fourth archbishop of Miami. The new archbishop, head of the Orlando Diocese since 2004, succeeds Archbishop John C. Favalora, 74, who has been in Miami since 1994.

– CNS photo/Jacque Brunds, The Florida Catholic

MIAMI — Once, Hispanics gathered at the fringes of the Catholic Church in the United States, and dioceses struggled to locate a Spanish-speaking priest to celebrate the sacraments.

Now, the headlines greeting the appointments of Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Fla., to the Miami Archdiocese and Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio to the Los Angeles Archdiocese underscore a critical shift in priorities as outreach to Hispanics emerges as a central concern for the U.S. hierarchy and the Vatican.

The enthusiastic response to the appointment of Archbishop Wenski, 59 — a Florida native and a product of South Florida’s fully bilingual seminary program — provides an opportunity to examine the...READ MORE

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Kagan’s Paper Trail (or Lack Thereof) (4142)

Supreme Court Nominee Is Likely to Impact Same-Sex Unions, Abortion and Religious Freedom

05/25/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Jason Reed. Reuters

GETTING TO KNOW YOU. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid greets Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington May 12. If confirmed by the Senate, Kagan would be the fourth woman to sit on the court and the first justice in 38 years to reach it without first serving as a judge. See would also become the third Jewish member of the court; the other six are Catholics.

– CNS photo/Jason Reed. Reuters

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan may provide activists with a vote to create a constitutional right to same-sex “marriage,” expand abortion rights and restrict religion’s role in public life.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings June 28 on her nomination by President Obama to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The Democrat-controlled Senate will likely confirm her.

Uncertainty has arisen about her interpretations of the U.S. Constitution because she has never served as a judge and lacks a trail of rulings to examine.

However, indications from her role as solicitor general for Obama and previous roles in the Clinton administration and...READ MORE

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Obama at Notre Dame: 1 Year Later (4221)

05/24/2010 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS. Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, and U.S. President Obama applaud during the commencement ceremony at the university in Notre Dame, Ind., in late May 2009. Obama was the commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.

– CNS photo/Jason Reed, Reuters

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defending the decision last year to invite President Obama to speak at commencement, the University of Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, spoke of his hopes for a sort of exchange.

“The president’s visit to Notre Dame can help lead to broader engagement on issues of importance to the country and of deep significance to Catholics,” Father Jenkins wrote at the time. “Ultimately, I hope that the conversations and the good will that come from this day will contribute to closer relations between Catholics and public officials who make decisions on matters of human life and human dignity.”

Whether the Obama administration and its policies, particularly those on the...READ MORE

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Why I Write (3519)

05/22/2010 Comments (4)

Anthony DeStefano always wanted to write a children’s book. He set to work on it 30 years ago in his high-school creative writing class under the tutelage of Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt. The 16-year-old budding writer won a few awards, and then put the book in a drawer.

He went on to become a successful author, newspaper columnist and businessman before meeting a young priest named Father Frank Pavone. The meeting not only changed his career path, but his destiny. A lapsed Catholic, DeStefano met with Father Pavone and returned to practicing the faith. The pair went on to build Priests for Life into a pro-life powerhouse with worldwide influence.

DeStefano’s latest book is This...READ MORE

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