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CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
April 7, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. Disney’s live-action adaptation of its beloved 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast” arrives in theaters amid a swirl of controversy over the updating of one of its characters into an openly gay man.
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Four-year ‘encuentro’ process begins in the U.S.

‘Encuentro’ aims to engage Hispanics with Church in U.S.
April 6, 2017  |  By RHINA GUIDOS, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON.  In Spanish, the word “encuentro” means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.
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March 3, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. Those seeking nothing more from a movie than sheer spectacle may be satisfied with director Zhang Yimou’s visually interesting but thoroughly implausible action adventure “The Great Wall” (PG-13, Universal).
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March 2, 2017  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

BALTIMORE. The Catholic Church in the United States is gearing up for the fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry, to be held in September 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The effort got a personal endorsement from Pope Francis during a Nov. 15 video message to the U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly in Baltimore.


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February 3, 2017  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. In chronicling the early history of McDonald’s, “The Founder” (PG-13, Weinstein) makes compelling food for thought, if not exactly a happy meal.
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Celebration of Life

Jubilant crowd gathers in Washington for annual March for Life
February 3, 2017  |  By CAROL ZIMMERMANN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON.  Tens of thousands of pro-lifers filled the grounds near the Washington Monument and marched up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 27 as both a protest of legalized abortion and a celebration of successful pro-life efforts across the country.


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Inauguration Day

Cardinal Dolan has a minute to read from Book of Wisdom at inauguration
January 20, 2017  |  By DENNIS SADOWSKI, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON.  New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the Scripture passage he chose to read at the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald J. Trump as president — Wisdom chapter 9 in which King Solomon prays for wisdom to lead Israel according to God’s will — was an easy one to make.


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January 20, 2017  |  By DAVID AGREN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MEXICO CITY. A Catholic priest has been found dead in northern Mexico, marking another attack on clergy in a country where the widespread violence of the past decade has not spared church leaders.


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January 20, 2017  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio. Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, whose name is almost synonymous with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, died Jan. 7 at Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in  Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. He was 85.
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December 2, 2016  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The same tropical setting that provided the backdrop for the 1949 musical “South Pacific” now lends its exotic flavor to the animated feature “Moana” (PG, Disney).


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Time of Mercy

Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues
November 18, 2016  |  By CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
VATICAN CITY. The Year of Mercy brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, but for Pope Francis, the idea always was that the celebration of God’s mercy would be local: have people experience God’s love in their parishes and send them out into the world to commit random acts of mercy.
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November 18, 2016  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” 

That statement is vividly realized in “Hacksaw Ridge” (R, Summit), which recounts the extraordinary heroism of Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) during the Battle of Okinawa in the closing days of World War II.


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