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EWTN to air documentary on Father Balducelli, Jan. 29

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The good news is EWTN will broadcast “A Man for Others: The Life of Father Roberto Balducelli,” on Jan. 29.

However, the Catholic cable channel will show the documentary at 5 a.m. Thursday, so Father Roberto admirers will have to set their DVRs to record the hour-and-a-half program, if they don’t think they’ll be awake before dawn.

Fr. Roberto Balducelli

Fr. Roberto Balducelli

EWTN reportedly first scheduled the program for a Sunday afternoon, but bumped that time for a rebroadcast of the Jan. 22 March for Life.

In its schedule, EWTN describes “A Man for Others,” this way:

“The life and work of Italian immigrant priest Father Roberto Balducelli of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, who had been an inspiration to everyone who knew him, from victims he aided during World War II to the local Italian community.”

“A Man for Others” is directed by Nina Juliano, who grew up as a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua in Wilmington and attended Padua Academy.

Juliano included an interview with Father Balducelli in a previous piece she directed “The Essence of the Spirit,” an hourlong film that profiles a Philadelphia priest and nun, in addition to Father Balducelli.

When Juliano talked to The Dialog in 2013, she said her film centering on Father Balducelli might include an interview with Father Balducelli’s sister, Maria.

An Oblate priest for 77 years, Father Balducelli, a native of Italy, served as a priest and pastor of St. Anthony’s for 77 years. He died in August 2013 at 100.

 

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App brings God into digital environment, creates ‘space’ for meditation

October 16th, 2014 Posted in Entertainment Tags:

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amid the imposed and often fast-paced routine of everyday life, an app is giving people a reason to quiet their minds through light meditation and prayer.

PeaceQuest is an immersive 3-D app designed to take users on a spiritual journey and allow them to establish a deeper connection with God and with themselves. Read more »

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Actor describes faith journey, commitment to serving nation’s veterans

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Catholic News Service

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — His knowing smile and everyman disposition are instantly recognizable on screen.

Those qualities were not lost on some 2,000 Knights of Columbus, their families and church leaders who were delighted by a surprise encounter with actor Gary Sinise during the fraternal organization’s Aug. 5-7 convention in Orlando.

He spoke at the States Dinner Aug. 5 about his love for wounded veterans and a new collaboration between the Knights and his own charitable foundation. Read more »

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Second movie of Hobbit trilogy picks up speed

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Catholic News Service

It seems unlikely that Pope Francis will decide to shatter yet another papal precedent by visiting a multiplex anytime soon. Should he do so, however, he’d probably approve of the underlying themes in director Peter Jackson’s lively sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Just as the pontiff himself has done, Jackson’s second installment in a trilogy of films based on Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel warns against the corrupting influence of wealth and power. Read more »

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Two holiday movies: One a Christmas story, the other a fairy tale

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• ‘Black Nativity’ is a rousing holiday musical drama 

If you’re tempted to bewail the absence of Christ from Christmas these days, you’ll find the Lord right where he belongs, front and center, receiving praise and worship, in the rousing musical drama “Black Nativity.”

In fact, redemption-centered Christian faith pervades the picture to a degree rarely seen in a mainstream movie.

That’s just as well, since the urban setting of this adaptation and updating of poet Langston Hughes’ 1961 song-play surrounds its characters with a host of ills from which to be saved. A case in point: the poverty besetting Baltimore single mother Naima Cobb (Jennifer Hudson). Read more »

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‘12 Years a Slave’ a history depicted with brutal honesty

November 25th, 2013 Posted in Entertainment, Movies Tags: ,

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If you thought Alex Haley’s “Roots” was the definitive take on antebellum slavery in the United States, prepare for a harsh wake-up call with “12 Years a Slave.”

Unlike Haley’s 1976 book, which became a landmark TV miniseries, this film focuses on man’s inhumanity to man, portraying it with brutal honesty and a degree of violence that is almost intolerable. Read more »

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ among mature adolescents

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Catholic News Service

The time has come, it seems, to return to Panem, the dystopian North American nation that provides the setting for the satisfying action sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” just as it did for the 2012 first installment in the series.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence star in the movie “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults.

Should they decide to make the return trip, moviegoers will find that, in adapting the second volume in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of novels, director Francis Lawrence has decreased the intensity of the violence on screen. And his film’s moral center is solid. Read more »

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