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Wednesday 12 July 2017

John L. Allen Jr, Crux Now If all you had to go by in judging Catholic reaction to Pope Francis were press treatments and social media, you'd think it's an all-or-nothing war between devoted supporters and fanatical critics. In the trenches, however, what you find is a spirit of root enthusiasm and loyalty, tempered with a critical edge on specific points depending on what's most important to a particular person.Saturday, Romans awoke to find a provocative image staring out from their neighbourhood newsstands. On the cover of the latest issue of the magazine Millennium, published...

Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
Pope Francis has approved a fourth pathway to possible sainthood -- giving one's life in an heroic act of loving service to others.

In a new apostolic letter, the pope approved new norms allowing for candidates to be considered for sainthood because of the heroic way they freely risked their lives and died prematurely because of ‘an extreme act of charity.’

Summer camps for young people from Aleppo: ‘we feel are not alone’

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Josue Villalón, Aid to the Church in Need

It is six months now since the bombs stopped falling on the city of Aleppo in Syria. 

Although in the distance, at night time, you can still hear explosions in some still disputed zones on the outskirts of this large city which, before the war, was home to over 2 million people. 

The precise number of inhabitants at the present time is difficult to know with any certainty, since many people have fled to other parts of the country and others have even emigrated abroad, to nearby countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, or still further afield to Europe and America. 

Film review: The Beguiled

Monday 10 July 2017

Peter W. Sheehan, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting
This gothic drama, with touches of black humour, is based loosely on a 1966 novel, "The Beguiled" written by Thomas P. Cullinan. The film won Best Director Award for Sofia Coppola at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and tells the story of sheltered young women at a Southern Boarding School during the American Civil War.