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Students honor troops with flags and ‘soup’

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While students at area Catholic elementary schools enjoy a four-day weekend and look forward to a Christmas season with family, some took some time recently to help brighten the holidays for American military personnel.

Seventh-graders at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Wilmington worked with members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary to make pocket flags, while the third grade at Christ the Teacher School in Glasgow prepared “snowman soup.”

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St. Jude Church in Lewes celebrates its ‘extreme makeover’

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LEWES – The folks from the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” were in Sussex County a few months ago, building a new home and soup kitchen for a national audience.

A few miles away, St. Jude the Apostle Church was undergoing an extreme makeover of its own, and last weekend, parishioners gathered for a look at the final result.

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‘The Muppets’ launches holiday movie season

November 23rd, 2011 Posted in Featured, Movies

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Jim Henson’s singing, dancing, wise-cracking band of puppets returns to the big screen in “The Muppets” (Disney), an old-fashioned and genuinely funny homage to a simpler age of wholesome family films.

Refreshingly restrained when it comes to the toilet humor and rude behavior so often spoon-fed to young filmgoers these days, “The Muppets” will appeal to nostalgic baby boomers, even as it introduces a new generation to the decidedly low-tech felt figures for whom charm is a strong suit.

Gary (Jason Segel, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller) and his brother Walter (voice of Peter Linz) live in Smalltown, U.S.A. They’re good pals, despite the fact that Walter is decidedly different — in fact, he’s a Muppet. Together they watch TV reruns of “The Muppet Show,” which, as many viewers will remember, originally aired in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1981. Read more »

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Sunday Mass is the family meal for Catholics, cardinal says

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BOSTON — Describing Sunday Mass as the “family meal” for Catholics, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston called Catholics in his archdiocese to more frequent and more enthusiastic participation in weekly services.

“Jesus’ eager desire is to celebrate this thanksgiving meal with every one of us each Sunday,” the cardinal said in a 12-page pastoral letter dated Nov. 20, the feast of Christ the King. “We pray in many good and helpful ways but none equals the prayer that is the Sunday Mass.”

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Youth honor Christ with electronic ‘holy shoutout’

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INDIANAPOLIS — More than 2,000 years after his birth, Christ the King was honored in a historic way with a massive electronic “holy shoutout” via texts, emails and tweets sent simultaneously from cellphones Nov. 19 by 23,000 participants at the National Catholic Youth Conference and National Catholic Collegiate Conference.

It was a fun and faith-filled way for the Catholic youths and young adults to honor God and conclude the 31st biennial national conference, held Nov. 17-19 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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In Benin, pope asks church to care for ‘the poor, the weak, the outcast’

November 21st, 2011 Posted in Featured, International News Tags: , , , ,

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COTONOU, Benin — On a three-day visit to Benin, Pope Benedict XVI urged African Catholics to witness the hope of the Gospel in their daily lives and make the church a model of reconciliation for the entire continent.

In a particular way, the church must be “attentive to the cry of the poor, the weak, the outcast,” the pope said at a Mass Nov. 20 for more than 50,000 people who filled a stadium in Cotonou.

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Vatican paper says Bard of Avon was a secret Catholic

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VATICAN CITY — There is “little doubt” that William Shakespeare was a Catholic who was forced to hide his faith in Protestant England while leaving hints about his faith throughout his vast body of work, said an opinion piece in the Vatican newspaper.

Taking a cue from renewed speculation about Shakespeare’s true identity sparked by the film “Anonymous,” L’Osservatore Romano wrote, “There may be questions regarding his identity, but not his religious faith.”

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Sals edge St. Mark’s in overtime soccer title game

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BEAR – St. Mark’s had controlled the pace of play throughout much of Saturday’s state championship soccer game against Salesianum, and the Spartans appeared headed to their first title since 2001. The clock was stopped, as the referee was keeping track of extra time on the field at Caravel Academy. With a 2-1 lead, the Spartans remained aggressive, and their fans prepared to celebrate.

“Come on, blow the whistle,” St. Mark’s coach Dan Swasey said to himself on the sideline.

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In Benin, pope urges Africans to uphold family values

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COTONOU, Benin — Arriving in Benin for a three-day visit, Pope Benedict XVI urged the African continent to protect its ancient values in the face of spiritual and ethical erosion.

“The transition to modernity must be guided by sure criteria based on recognized virtues … firmly rooted in the dignity of the person, the importance of the family and respect for life,” the pope said after arriving Nov. 18 at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin International Airport in Cotonou.

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Church leaders wary of ‘World Heritage’ status for Bethlehem church

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JERUSALEM — Palestinians are hopeful that UNESCO will recognize the city of Bethlehem as the first Palestinian World Heritage Site, but Franciscans in charge of the city’s holy places say they do not want them included in the classification.

“We don’t want the (UNESCO) recognition for the holy places,” said a Franciscan source who asked not to be named. “We fear it could lead to nationalization of the shrines. The shrines are not tourist places, but are places of prayer and worship.”

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