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April 26, 2015
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A shepherd who smelled like his sheep – Chicago faithful pay final respects to Cardinal George

Chicago, Ill., April 25 (CNA/EWTN News) .- As Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was laid to rest Thursday, religious and lay members of the archdiocese revered him as a caring shepherd who wouldn’t let cancer get in the way of his ministry.
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For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own
Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"



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For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF., April 25 (CNA) .- A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well.

“It was going to be a very, very difficult film to produce, but at the same time we were in love with the story which is about believing in the impossible,” said Eduardo Verastegui, one of the film’s producers and stars, known for his role in the 2006 movie Bella.

From the beginning of the film, the town runt, Pepper Busbee (Jakob Salvati), and his dad, James (Michael Rapaport), share a special bond, but it’s tested when older brother London (David Henrie) gets rejected by the Army for being flat-footed, and their dad has to go to war instead.

With thousands of miles between them, Pepper, the “Little Boy,” relies more than ever on his and his dad’s motto during their imaginary adventures.

“Do you believe we can do this?” his dad asks, to which Little Boy always responds with a resounding, “Yes!”

Now with his dad in real danger, Little Boy thinks he can bring him home if only he believes strongly enough. During Mass, he hears Father Crispin (Eduardo Verastegui) quote Matthew 17:20 and tell the congregation that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed, they can move mountains.

The lesson that he learns in the story that follows is one faith, mercy and trust in God.

Having faith in the impossible was not only in the film’s plotline, but also in its production.

From the onset, it was clear that as an independent film made “totally outside the system,” it would be very difficult to produce. Verastegui said.

“I knew that this was going to be a big, big challenge,” he explained in an April 22 conference call.

First, the production team had to find the money to create the film, including authentic costumes and a set made to look like 1940s small town America. They also needed to cast the film, knowing that the lead role of “Little Boy,” Pepper Busbee, had to be perfect.

After going through auditions with more than 1,000 children, Monteverde saw Jakob Salvati sitting in the lobby, waiting for his brother, who was auditioning for the film. Eventually the young boy – then seven years old – won the part, even though he had only acted for television before.

During filming, Salvati would reportedly go missing before a scene he was in, only to be discovered by Monteverde praying.

“I was praying that the scene would go well,” he said. “I would go over and over and over again saying, ‘God, please help me so I can get this scene right and everyone else can get this scene right,’ because I wouldn’t want to have to do it over and over and over again.”

Actor David Henrie, who plays Little Boy’s older brother London, said that he was searching for a film like this after he emerged as a Disney star.

Little did he know that producer and co-star Verastegui was praying for him and asking for prayers on his behalf. During a keynote address at a 2012 fundraiser for a women’s pregnancy center in Denver, Verastegui told attendees about the new film and requested prayers for Henrie, who he said was in the midst of returning to the Church.

In a different interview, Henrie told BreatheCast.com that the film’s producers were producers were “instrumental” in his conversion and that they “led me back to my faith, led me back to my beliefs”.

“I will forever be grateful for (“Little Boy”) because it was the film that saved my life,” he said.

As an up-and-coming actor, Henrie said that he’s noticed a growing popularity in faith-based movies over the last decade.

“I think the past 10 years, when you look at the top-grossing films, the majority of them have inspirational values or positive messaging and those types of elements to them,” he said during the conference call. “I think there’s a reason why those films are the most successful every year and it’s because that’s what the human heart wants.”

“The theme really spoke to my heart in a big way. I think it’s a very foundational element and theme that everyone deals with,” he said, namely, “do you put your faith in yourself to find your own existence or do you put your theme in something bigger than you?”

“Little Boy” is distributed by Open Road Films and opened in select theaters nationwide April 24.
 




Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

WASHINGTON D.C., April 25 (CNA/EWTN News) .- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday.

“We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA.

The Archbishop cautioned that society’s view of seeing marriage only as “an adult friendship” looses sight of the “sacrificial love” and “one flesh union that Jesus Himself spoke of” that form the basis for marriage as an institution.

“We have not cultivated the basis for sacrificial love but have, in a sense, fallen victims of a culture that tends to talk about adult choices and options,” he explained.

“I think we’re returning now very much to our roots, saying that at the basis of a good, healthy civilization and society is a family, and at the basis of that family is a sacrificial love”

The Archbishop gave an address at the rally before the third annual March for Marriage, joining other Christian and political leaders including Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego and Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson, and Rev. Senator Ruben Diaz of New York City in offering a public defense of marriage. Speeches were given in both Spanish and English and translated so all participants could understand each of the speakers’ testimonies.

The march  was held in commemoration of two 2013 Supreme Court cases concerning the  federal definition of marriage and states' ability to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The 2013 decisions stated that the federal government should not enforce its own definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, but instead should respect the definitions offered by each state.

On April 28, the Supreme Court will again address arguments about the nature of marriage, that will challenge bans on same-sex “marriage” on the grounds of the 14th amendment, claiming that respecting the traditional definition of marriage violates civil rights.

A ruling is expected in June 2015. Washington, D.C.- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday.

“We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA.

The Archbishop cautioned that society’s view of seeing marriage only as “an adult friendship” looses sight of the “sacrificial love” and “one flesh union that Jesus Himself spoke of” that form the basis for marriage as an institution.

“We have not cultivated the basis for sacrificial love but have, in a sense, fallen victims of a culture that tends to talk about adult choices and options,” he explained.

“I think we’re returning now very much to our roots, saying that at the basis of a good, healthy civilization and society is a family, and at the basis of that family is a sacrificial love”

The Archbishop gave an address at the rally before the third annual March for Marriage, joining other Christian and political leaders including Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in San Diego and Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson, and Rev. Senator Ruben Diaz of New York City in offering a public defense of marriage. Speeches were given in both Spanish and English and translated so all participants could understand each of the speakers’ testimonies.

The march was held in commemoration of two 2013 Supreme Court cases concerning the  federal definition of marriage and states' ability to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The 2013 decisions stated that the federal government should not enforce its own definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, but instead should respect the definitions offered by each state.

On April 28, the Supreme Court will again address arguments about the nature of marriage, that will challenge bans on same-sex “marriage” on the grounds of the 14th amendment, claiming that respecting the traditional definition of marriage violates civil rights.

A ruling is expected in June 2015. 





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