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Home Video Picks & Passes 05.28.17

Babies (2010) — PICK Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) — PICK Good Morning (1959) — PICK I Am Not Your Negro (2016) — PICK There’s something for almost everyone in recent home video releases. For the whole family: Thomas Balmès’...

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Mary’s Fatima Messages to the Shepherd Children

May 13 “Please don’t be afraid of me. I’m not going to harm you.” “I come from heaven.” “I want you to return here on the 13th of each month for the next six months, and at the very same hour. Later I shall tell you who I am and what it is...

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Letters to the Editor 05.28.17

Lost in Translation Pertinent to “Why Do Catholics Love Lent?” (page one, March 19 issue): I, too, share Father Raymond J. de Souza’s sadness about the labeling of our Sundays as “ordinary time,” but I believe this can be easily corrected. The...

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Pro-Lifers Need Not Apply

News item: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez declared late last month that every party member and official should be “pro-choice,” which is the politically correct way to say “for abortion on demand.” This is not only bad news for...

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Fatima’s Littlest Saints of Mercy: A Pilgrimage With the Pope

FATIMA, Portugal — One hundred years ago, three children stood in a field as Mary, Mother of God, appeared to them “brighter than the sun” and instructed them to say the Rosary every day, “to bring peace to the world and an end to the war” that...

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Matchmaking Online: Married Couple Aids Dating Scene Via Catholic Website in Austria

VIENNA — The first Catholic dating website in Austria has grown rapidly since it went online in 2005, helping around 1,000 members to get married and expanding to nine countries. Called Kathtreff, the website was founded by Martin Kugler and his...

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‘Incubator Tech’: The Brave New World of Babies

Eight baby lambs born extremely premature have successfully developed for four weeks in “Biobags” of temperature-controlled sterile fluid — a revolutionary innovation in the world of neonatal intensive care that produced superior results to all...

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SDG Reviews ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Even skeptics of the franchise must admit, I think, that the Pirates of the Caribbean films have generally aimed higher and been smarter than might have been expected. The 2003 original, subtitled The Curse of the Black Pearl, was an unexpected...

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Courage Teaches Joy of True Friendship to a Lonely Culture

Last November, I was invited to the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, to speak to priests and others in parish and diocesan ministry. I got up early on the morning of the event to visit the site of Pulse Orlando, the “LGBT” nightclub where a gunman...

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A Year After ‘Amoris Laetitia’: Marriage-Ministry Reform Sees First Fruits

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — When Jamie Onica and Shawn Tryon celebrate the sacrament of matrimony in September, the couple will have prepared for marriage via the kind of parish-based accompaniment that Pope Francis called for in Amoris Laetitia. “It’s...