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‘Catholic Forum’ show to recall one of its founders

July 23rd, 2016 Posted in Entertainment Tags: ,

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The late Dorothy Arthur, one of the founders of “Catholic Forum,” the radio program-podcast produced by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington since 1939, will be remembered on the show’s Aug. 7 broadcast.

The program, heard Sunday mornings on WDEL AM and FM in Wilmington; WAAI FM in Hurlock, Md.; and by podcast, has a diverse schedule of topics to finish up the summer season.

The following is a list of “Catholic Forum” topics and guests through August.

  • July 24: Author Julie Cragon will discuss her book, “Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces.”
  • July 31: Local author Michele Chynoweth will discuss her latest novel, “The Runaway Prophet,” a modern-day thriller based on the Bible’s Book of Jonah.
  • Aug. 7: Listeners will hear a tribute to A. Dorothy Arthur, one of the founders of “Catholic Forum” in 1939, who passed away last month at the age of 95. The tribute will include an interview that was recorded in 2014.
  • Aug. 14: “Catholic Forum” presents Michael Davidson and Margaret Consiglio from the Cathedral of St. Peter, who will discuss the historic church as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

• Aug. 21: Dr. Lou De Angelo, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wilmington, will discuss Catholic schools in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore as students and parents prepare to begin the school year.

  • Aug. 28: Author and Mother Teresa expert Susan Conroy will discuss the life and legacy of the saintly woman who will be canonized on Sept. 4 in Rome.

Available on air, online and on demand, Catholic Forum airs Sunday mornings at 9:05 on WAAI 100.9FM and on www.1009purecountry.com; and at 10:05 on WDEL 101.7FM and 1150AM and www.wdel.com.

 

The program is available as a podcast at http://catholicforumradio.libsyn.com/ and by searching “Catholic Forum Radio” on iTunes©.

 

 

 

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Viewpoint: Screens can’t save us

May 18th, 2016 Posted in Entertainment Tags: ,

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Alarming rise of media addiction is leaving human beings alone with their own devices

 

Let’s go back in time, way back, before Thomas Edison figured out how to harness electricity to make a lightbulb.

In those very-long-ago days, people of means entertained themselves in their parlors with music. Some people had pianos. Others could play instruments to accompany themselves or others singing along.

Those who chafed at performing at the drop of a hat for friends and relatives must have breathed a sigh of relief with the development of the phonograph, then a cumbersome box one had to crank like the motorcars of the era to get to play. Read more »

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New ‘Star Wars’ villains not evil enough, says Vatican movie critic

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke box office records and restored a new hope in the franchise to the delight of fans worldwide with a few exceptions, including the Vatican’s newspaper.
Emilio Ranzato, author and frequent movie critic for L’Osservatore Romano, wrote Dec. 18 that the first installment of the sequel trilogy was “confusing and vague,” but he reserved his harshest criticism for the film’s new villains. Read more »

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Soup kitchen sister wins on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’

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CHICAGO — It looked like prayer and the Lord were on Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres’ side as she won a special Thanksgiving competition on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” which aired Nov. 9.

On the show, Sister Alicia, 30, a Franciscan of the Eucharist of Chicago who ministers at Chicago’s Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, competed against three other chefs who, like herself, work in soup kitchens. Read more »

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Chef: Here’s one career that isn’t stuck in the kitchen

November 14th, 2015 Posted in Entertainment Tags: , , ,

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Lidia Bastianich also appears on TV, writes cookbooks, markets pasta and sauces and cooks for popes

 

Lidia Bastianich, even at age 68, is working like crazy.

She’s on her fifth public television cooking series, “Lidia’s Kitchen,” and on Dec. 11, will have a Christmas special on PBS. She has also written 13 books, most of them cookbooks, has a line of commercial cookware, separate lines of sauces and made-in-Italy pastas, and a string of restaurants in New York City, Chicago, Kansas City (Mo.), and even Brazil.

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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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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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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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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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