June 2, 2017  |  By JEN KOOP
What can be said that conveys the inscrutable transcendence of a pilgrimage to Lourdes? I’m somewhat at a loss, but I’ll try, because although such a journey is not without pain and disappointment, it is the nearest thing to heaven in all the experiences of my lifetime. And such good news must be shared.
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June 2, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK.  Iconic and eccentric buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) hoists the black flag for a fifth time in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (PG-13, Disney). The result is a flashy but ultimately unsatisfying journey for the theme park ride-based franchise that first set sail in 2003.
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June 2, 2017  |  By DAN SPADARO
The human body reveals that we are made for a heaven. Our bodies teach us things about intimate human relationships as well as our ultimate destiny. Human bodies are capable of creating new life, nurturing new life and thus fostering close family bonds, in and through the body. These are very basic human realities, but they also point towards how we are made in the image of God. We are ultimately made from and for family. Family structure is an image of God.
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June 2, 2017  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, journeys by sea, etc., it makes for stimulating reading indeed. But I love it especially because it shows us the excitement of being a follower of Jesus. Long before there were parishes and dioceses and the Vatican and other institutional structures, there was this band of brothers and sisters who were so overwhelmed and energized by the fact of the resurrection that they went careening around the world and to their deaths with the message of Jesus.
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June 2, 2017  |  By RUSTY KERN
MANITOU SPRINGS. Members of a vibrant and determined community turned out on a stormy evening May 18 to celebrate the accomplishment of preserving Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and to see Chuck Smith, parishioner and retired architect, receive an award from the Manitou Historic Preservation Society. Other parish leaders were also honored at the event.
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June 2, 2017  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Spring is a time when the sacramental life of the Church is particularly evident. These are the days when we celebrate First Holy Communions, confirmations, ordinations and marriages. It is to the last of these sacraments that I devote my thoughts today.
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June 2, 2017  |  By EXCMO. y RVDMO. MONS. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
La primavera es un tiempo en que la vida sacramental de la Iglesia se vuelve particularmente visible.  En estos días celebramos las primeras comuniones, las confirmaciones, las ordenaciones y los matrimonios.  Es a este último sacramento que dedico mis pensamientos hoy.
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May 19, 2017  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.
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Child Saints

Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints
May 19, 2017  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
FATIMA, Portugal. Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.
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