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Cat in a hat and sword rated A-1 is No. 1 at box office

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Featured Tags: ,

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An exceptionally intelligent and energetic script that includes a moral lesson propels “Puss in Boots,” a 3-D animated children’s feature that provides the back story of the fairy tale character as portrayed in the “Shrek” films.

Without being condescending and without adding snarky in-jokes likely to fly over the little ones’ heads, director Chris Miller and screenwriter Tom Wheeler combine imagery from fairy tales with a plot that makes Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) a mischievous bandit.

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Marian pilgrims stay in the diocese this year

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The Marian pilgrims of the diocese, who have been traveling to Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception every two years, stayed closer to home Oct. 22 by taking a faith journey to New Castle.

There, about 150 people, some of whom had never seen the statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace at Holy Spirit Church before, attended a 1 p.m. holy hour with a talk by Father Leonard Klein, director of Pro-Life Activities and administrator of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick Churches; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Malooly, and a recitation of the rosary at the Queen of Peace statue.

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Pope condemns use of religion to promote violence

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ASSISI, Italy — Taking 300 religious leaders with him on pilgrimage to Assisi, Pope Benedict XVI said people who are suspicious of religion cannot be blamed for questioning God’s existence when they see believers use religion to justify violence.

“All their struggling and questioning is, in part, an appeal to believers to purify their faith so that God, the true God, becomes accessible,” the pope said Oct. 27 during an interfaith gathering in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.

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Respect the lives of 7 billion people

October 26th, 2011 Posted in Featured Tags: , , ,

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A baby gestures minutes after being born at a hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Oct. 21. The world’s population will reach 7 billion Oct. 31, according to projections by the United Nations, which said the global milestone presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the planet.

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Bishop awards Medals of Merit

October 26th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: , , ,

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Bishop Malooly presented the 2011 Medals of Merit to the following parishioners of the diocese during an Oct. 16 Mass at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington.

Carl and Lynne Ewing, St. Dennis, Galena, Md.; William McGowan, Our Lady of Lourdes, Laurel; Kurt Riehl Jr., Our Mother of Sorrows, Centreville, Md,; Charles Gondek, St. Paul, Delaware City; Marianne O’Rourke, Church of the Holy Child, Wilmington; Peg Callahan, Immaculate Conception, Elkton, Md,; Daniel and Stephanie Carducci, Good Shepherd, Port Deposit, Md.; Daniel DiGuglielmo, St. Edmond, Rehoboth Beach;

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Pope asks Christians to help world’s migrants

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VATICAN CITY — Christians need to offer migrants special care, ranging from prayer and concrete aid to promoting policies that uphold immigrants’ rights and dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Modern migration represents “an unprecedented mingling of individuals and peoples, with new problems not only from the human standpoint but also from ethical, religious and spiritual ones,” he said.

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Vatican officials see agreement in church teaching, ‘Occupy’ movement

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VATICAN CITY — Catholic social teaching and the Occupy Wall Street movement agree that the economy should be at the service of the human person and that strong action must be taken to reduce the growing gap between rich and poor, Vatican officials said.

“The basic sentiment” behind the protests is in line with Catholic social teaching and the new document on global finance issued Oct. 24 by Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, council president.

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Vatican agency calls for a global system to regulate markets

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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican document called for the gradual creation of a world political authority with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.”

The document said the current global financial crisis has revealed “selfishness, collective greed and the hoarding of goods on a great scale.” A supranational authority, it said, is needed to place the common good at the center of international economic activity.

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Vatican: Gadhafi’s death ends harsh regime

October 21st, 2011 Posted in Featured, International News, Vatican News Tags: , , , ,

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Catholic News Service

VATCAN CITY — The Vatican said the death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi marked the end of a “harsh and oppressive regime” that was based on power instead of human dignity.

It expressed hope that the bloodshed would end in the North African country, and that the new Libyan government would open a rebuilding phase based on “a spirit of inclusion” and social justice.

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St. Thomas More Academy honors Bishop Saltarelli

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MAGNOLIA – For several years as St. Thomas More Academy struggled to find its footing as the newest Catholic high school in the diocese, and the only one in Delaware south of the canal, Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli stood firmly in the school’s corner. On Oct. 17, the school honored the memory of the late bishop during its Founders Day observances.

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