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August 16, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. As residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mourned the loss of 31 people in mass shootings Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, the Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school.


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Survey shows majority of Catholics don’t believe in Real Presence

Pew survey reveals lack of knowledge of Church’s teaching on transubstantiation
August 16, 2019  |  By MARK PATTISON, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.


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August 16, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (PG, Fox 2000), an otherwise benign drama about a man and his dog, adapted from the novel by Garth Stein, is marred by a treatment of reincarnation that prevents endorsement of it for impressionable viewers.


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August 2, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Advances in moviemaking technology allow a story that could only previously be told as a cartoon to be enacted, so to speak, by animals. And so we get “The Lion King” (PG, Disney).


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July 5, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK.  Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4” (G, Disney)? So good that, by the time the closing credits roll, moviegoers will likely feel more emotional connection to an animated spork than they have to the vast majority of live-action human characters they’ve ever seen on screen.


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July 5, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Seminarian Jason Paul Marshall from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe who lost his life in a bus crash in Colorado was “a humble man who deeply cared for others,” said Archbishop John Wester in a June 25 statement.

“Jason was a splendid and exemplary seminarian,” the archbishop said. “He always brightened our spirits and had a positive outlook on life. We will miss him very, very much. May he rest in peace.”


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June 21, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. Lessons about overcoming fear and helping those in need are featured in “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (Universal).

Given that they come amid generally amusing antics that unfold at a lively pace, returning director Chris Renaud’s follow-up to his 2016 original rates as an entertaining cartoon suitable for all but the youngest kids.


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June 7, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, JOHN MULDERIG

NEW YORK. Though the magical tale of Aladdin is centuries old, it’s probably best known to contemporary audiences through two relatively recent products of pop culture: the 1992 animated film with Robin Williams and the Broadway musical derived from it, which continues a run that began in 2014.

With “Aladdin” (PG, Disney), director and co-writer Guy Ritchie serves up a spirited live-action take on the same material. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable musical fantasy that’s suitable for a wide range of age groups.


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May 17, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. By turns lyrical and moving, “Tolkien” (PG-13, Fox Searchlight) is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist’s youth that succeeds on a number of levels. This may not be the biography that every fan of Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is looking for, and it may not even fully accomplish what its makers set out to achieve. But, if nothing else, it does tell the story of the young Tolkien and his times.
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April 5, 2019  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK. The hard-hitting, fact-based drama “Unplanned” (R, Pure Flix) dares its viewers to confront the reality of what happens when a baby is aborted.

That’s an effective strategy on the part of co-writers and directors Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, not least because the peculiar institution of our day thrives on  concealment, muddled thinking and Orwellian euphemisms. But it also means that this emotionally unsparing film is not for the casual moviegoer of any age.


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A Time to Heal: Colorado dioceses, attorney general launch initiatives to address abuse

Colorado dioceses will undergo independent records review
March 1, 2019  |  By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, THE COLORADO CATHOLIC HERALD
DENVER. Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila, on behalf of the bishops of Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses, joined Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser at a news conference Feb. 19 to announce several measures to address child sex abuse, including an independent review of records on abuse claims from the three dioceses.
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February 1, 2019  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in “The Kid Who Would Be King” (PG, Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world.
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December 7, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13, Warner Bros.) is sharper and more engaging, though defects remain.The sequel is suitable for a wide audience since the mayhem is free of gore and the basic values congruent with scriptural ones. At least for those paying careful attention, however, a single line of dialogue may raise parental concerns.
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November 16, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has proven a remarkably rich bit of source material since its initial publication in 1816.
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October 19, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
NEW YORK. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” (GVN) is a powerful dramatization of the Philadelphia police investigation and state prosecution that finally ended the infamous, decades-long career of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
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