July 7, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Stylish and energetic, the high-octane crime drama “Baby Driver” (R, TriStar) blends pop music, dizzying car chases and some dark humor to impressive effect.

While the film’s basic values are sound, however, late plot developments involve a quantity of bloodletting that will seem excessive to many moviegoers.


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July 7, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Two weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer — and eager to give herself in service to others.
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July 7, 2017  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
The old man with the typewriter would like a word with us texters and tweeters: Don’t be a blockhead.
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Year after year, Totus Tuus program helps draw kids to Christ

Totus Tuus combines fun, faith formation
July 7, 2017  |  By KATARINA IVANCIK
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Diocese of Colorado Springs is once again hosting the Totus Tuus program, which is taking place at 19 parishes around the diocese this summer. The program is broken into two age groups — a day program for elementary-age kids and a night program for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. This year, there are nine college students and seminarians leading Totus Tuus.
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July 7, 2017  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. The American Chesterton Society will hold its 36th annual conference at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) July 27-29. The theme of the conference is “The Tyranny of the Learned.”
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Father Mitch Pacwa to speak at upcoming conference

Conference will offer perspectives on Fatima
July 7, 2017  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. For 20 years, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society Conference has been a fixture on the first weekend of August in Colorado Springs. Speakers from all over the world address the conference, and each year they provide a global perspective of the Catholic faith which seems to sum up the spiritual movements of the past century.
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Convocation 2017

Combination pep rally, retreat inspires Catholic leaders
July 7, 2017  |  By CAROL ZIMMERMANN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
ORLANDO, Fla. From July 1-4 the main floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando was transformed into a huge parish hall with places for worship, prayer, discussion, and even coffee and doughnuts during the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” At the convocation 3,500 church leaders — men and women religious, bishops and laypeople — gathered to set a new course for the U.S. Catholic Church.
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June 16, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Dan Burke, executive director of the National Catholic Register and founder of the Avila Foundation, will give a presentation based on his book, “Into the Deep: Finding Peace Through Prayer” on July 15 at Holy Apostles Parish from 8 a.m.-noon. Cost is $25 per person, which includes a book and voucher for a mini-course on prayer. To register, visit www.spiritualdirection.com/events
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June 16, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK.  Close to eight decades ago, William Moulton Marston — whose name seems more suited to a stodgy novelist than a writer of comic books — created Wonder Woman. In the years since, the character has, of course, become a staple for DC Comics.
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June 16, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
Lists are everywhere in what I have been reading lately.  From “The Best Books of Summer” to “15 Ways to Improve Personal Finances,” there is no shortage of ideas this time of year of ways to spend our time and enhance our lives.  In the spirit of those lists, I thought I would do my own this month around ways to integrate charity into daily routine.  Many of you will find you are already engaged in one or more of these activities.  Not everything is for everyone, but hopefully it will give some ideas, spur some thought, and maybe even conversation.
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