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The risen Jesus, not money or power, is the source of life, pope says

April 23rd, 2014 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status — none of which can give life and joy, Pope Francis said.

Christians need to examine their lives with the question the angel asked the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body of the buried Jesus: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” the pope said.

At his weekly general audience April 23, Pope Francis had the tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square repeat the angel’s Easter question three times. Read more »

Rome official hopeful that Benedict will attend canonizations

April 23rd, 2014 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27, said Msgr. Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

“Never before have there been two popes canonized and two popes living,” he said at a news conference in Rome April 23 to discuss final plans and preparations for pilgrims. “You can imagine their emotions!” Read more »

Spartans hold off archrival Sals, 3-2, remain undefeated

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WILMINGTON – Calvin Scott’s two-run single in the second inning gave St. Mark’s a lead it would not relinquish in the Spartans’ 3-2 win over rival Salesianum Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington.

The true stars on the night, however, were St. Mark’s pitchers Tom Spagnolo and Billy Phillips, who combined to hold the Sals to four hits on the evening while striking out 12. Spagnolo went five innings, while Phillips picked up a two-inning save. With the win, St. Mark’s – the state’s top-ranked team – improves to 9-0, while Salesianum falls to 4-4. Read more »

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High school seniors to be honored by Bishop Malooly

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Eighty high school seniors – 10 from each of the eight Catholic high schools in the diocese – will receive the St. Francis de Sales Award medal from Bishop Malooly at a ceremony April 30 at Holy Family Church in Newark. The medal featuers St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Diocese of Wilmington, and the inscription, “Diocese of Wilmington – Outstanding Catholic School Senior.”

The award recognizes the young men and women for excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship. Read more »

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‘Transcendence’ uploads Johnny Depp, downloads confusion

April 22nd, 2014 Posted in Movies Tags: , ,

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Despite its lofty title, the muddled sci-fi drama “Transcendence” sinks rather than rises.

Among the burdens weighing it down are a host of misguided notions, either embedded in the action or expressed in the dialogue, that might be menacing to the impressionable if they were any more coherent.

Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany star in a scene from the movie “Transcendence.” Catholic News Service classification, A-III — adults. Motion Picture Association of America rating, PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

Consider the premise on which the whole film rests: Fatally wounded in an assassination bid by a band of Luddite extremists called RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology), Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the world’s leading expert on artificial intelligence, manages to upload his entire consciousness to a super-computer before dying.

Will is aided in this project by his devoted wife and respected colleague, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), as well as by his best friend, Max Waters (Paul Bettany), another esteemed tech guru.

Max begins to have his doubts about the wisdom of what they’ve done soon after the transfer is complete. But Evelyn is a true believer, grateful that Will survives, if only through his voice and as an image on the screen.

The next step is for cyber-Will to go online and acquire all the factual knowledge available throughout the Internet. His head thus swelled, however,physically deceased but intellectually flourishing, Will begins to veer between benevolence and megalomania.

Since Will’s murder was part of a larger conspiracy that claimed several other victims, the FBI is on the case in the person of Agent Buchanan (Cillian Murphy). Buchanan teams with another of Will’s pals, outstanding researcher Joseph Tagger (Morgan Freeman), to hunt RIFT and its leader, disenchanted lab assistant Bree (Kate Mara).

Once the threat to society’s future posed by Will’s outsized ambition becomes apparent, though, Buchanan and Tagger begin to wonder whom they should really be trying to stop.

Philosophical confusion reigns in director Wally Pfister’s meandering movie, beginning with the implicit idea that all human mental functions are purely physical and ending with virtual reality somehow permeating the world of nature. And there’s a dollop of irreverently expressed disbelief in the divine to go along with all the other off-kilter concepts.

Early on, an as-yet-unfelled Will is seen giving a lecture to a generally rapt audience. But question time finds him challenged by a RIFT type who’s also obviously meant to come across as some kind of religious fanatic. When the latter asks if he isn’t trying to create his own God by imparting self-awareness to computers, Will answers smugly: “Isn’t that what man has always done?”

Still, mature viewers are likely to be too bored by the slack proceedings to be much misled by the fast-and-loose or downright nutty concepts underlying them.

The film contains complex themes, atheism, some violence and gore, a brief nongraphic marital bedroom scene as well as a couple of uses of profanity and of crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III, adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13,parents strongly cautioned.

 

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Cesspool of ‘A Haunted House 2’ gest deeper

April 22nd, 2014 Posted in Movies Tags: , ,

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A year ago, we summed up the first “A Haunted House” as “pornographic when not being scatological.” In “A Haunted House 2,” obscene imagery, like an invading virus, has taken over even more territory.

Graphic depictions of body functions return along with the sex acts and racial stereotypes that characterized the original. It’s all supposed to be pulled together as a comedy by the frantic mugging of Marlon Wayans who stars in — and with Rick Alvarez co-wrote — this mess, directed by Michael Tiddes.

We said the first installment “joylessly splashes around in a sewer with a wide range of perverse images.” This time around, the cesspool has only gotten deeper.

The film contains a sacrilegious portrayal of Catholic clergy, drug use, explicit sexual acts, at least one of them aberrant, upper female and rear male nudity, crude sexual banter, constant profanity, frequent racial slurs and pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive.

 

 

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Boys pick up with busy slate in baseball, lacrosse

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The week in boys sports kicks off with some great action in baseball and lacrosse, starting this afternoon. Read more »

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Girls teams return to action after short Easter break

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The week after the Easter holiday finds some great games on the girls’ sports schedules. Read more »

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Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.

Pope Francis walks past flowers as he leaves after celebrating Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

“Remember this week to pick up the Gospels, find the chapters about the Resurrection and read them, a passage from those chapters each day. This would do us good,” the pope said April 21, Easter Monday. At midday on the Italian holiday, the pope led the recitation of the “Regina Coeli,” the Marian prayer used from Easter to Pentecost.

With thousands of visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stood in the window of the papal apartment he chose not to live in and urged those in the square to let their Easter joy be evident in the way they think and interact with others.

“Let us allow the joyful awe of Easter Sunday radiate in our thoughts, gazes, attitudes, gestures and words,” he said before leading the prayer.

Telling the crowd that they could wish each other Happy Easter all week long, “as if it were just one day, the great day the Lord has made,” he said Christians can learn Easter joy from Mary and the other women who mourned Jesus’ death and were transformed with joy at his rising from the dead.

“Think of the joy of Mary, the mother of Jesus,” he said. “Just as her pain was intimate, so much that her soul was pierced, so, too, her joy was intimate and profound and the disciples could draw from it” like drawing water from a spring.

From Good Friday to Easter morning, Pope Francis said, “she never lost hope. We have contemplated the suffering mother, but at the same time, the mother full of hope. That is why she is the mother of all disciples, the mother of the church and the mother of hope.”

Easter joy is not something fake, he said. “It comes from inside, from a heart immersed in the source of joy.”

Recognizing that with the resurrection, Jesus conquered death and promises eternal life to those who believe, the pope said, Christians are able to shine “a ray of the light of the Risen One on different human situations: on happy occasions, making them more beautiful and preserving them from selfishness; and on sad situations, bringing serenity and hope.”

 

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City parishes celebrate Easter Vigil together

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Parishioners from four Wilmington parishes gathered at St. Elizabeth Church April 19 for the Easter Vigil Mass.

Bishop Malooly prepares the Paschal Candle as Deacon Ken Pullium assists during the Service of Light at the start of the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Elizabeth Church,April 19. At left are Father Leonard Klein, Cathedral of St. Peter administrator and pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Churches’ and Father Norman Carroll pastor of St. Elizabeth’s..Christ Our King Parish was also represented by Father Joseph T. Brennan, who joined with his fellow city pastors in concelebrating the Mass. wwwDonBlakePhotography.com

Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant for the Easter liturgy for Cathedral of St. Peter, St. Elizabeth, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick parishes. Concelebrants included Father Norman Carroll, St. Elizabeth’s pastor; as well as Father Leonrd Klein, administrator of Cathedral of St. Peter and pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick, and Oblate Father Joseph T. Brennan, pastor of Christ Our King Church.

 

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