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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

All creatures great and small, including some long-dead humans, spring to life when the sun goes down in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”, the third film in the popular franchise.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

| John Mulderig | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite its fairy-tale roots, and Christmas Day release date, “Into the Woods” is an inappropriate choice for youthful moviegoers.

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Annie

Annie

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in “Annie.” It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical — which previously became a 1982 film — about the little orphan with big dreams.

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2014 Heisman Trophy winner says everything he does is for God’s ‘glory’

2014 Heisman Trophy winner says everything he does is for God’s ‘glory’

| Ed Langlois | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The winner of college football’s 2014 Heisman Trophy attended Hawaii’s only all-boys Catholic high school, the successor to the school St. Damien of Molokai briefly attended in preparation for his ordination in Honolulu.

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Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace said acts of torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report “violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong.”

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U.S. & World News briefs – December 18, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – December 18, 2014

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

- Kerry asks Vatican for help in relocating Guantanamo detainees
– Pope to create new cardinals
– Sydney archbishop: Despite reports, no link between celibacy, abuse

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‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his joy over the historic turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations as the two countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties after half a century. The pope credited the breakthrough to the consistent, constant efforts of the nations’ ambassadors and the “noble” task of diplomacy.

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Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

| Cindy Wooden | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

‘God moment’ leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

| Dan Russo | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 14, 2012, the day a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Kylie DeWees was badly shaken by the news.

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Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

| Cristina Muller | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tucked behind the Austrian capital’s well known Museumsquartier — a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums — is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

| John Mulderig | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though it ends with the giving of the Commandments on Mount Sinai, at an intimidating running time of over two-and-a-half hours, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” may strike many as recalling more directly the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness by which the fidelity of the Hebrews was thereafter put to the test.

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