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Preparing for Lent

From the Bishops

Jan 15, 2008

By Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Read more

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Mexican-American Catholics

Book Reviews

Jan 11, 2008

By Br. Benet S. Exton

The Catholic Church in the United States has been growing partly due to Hispanics or Latinos immigrating from Latin America... Read more

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Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters

Book Reviews

Dec 4, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

The first edition of this dictionary was published in 1998 entitled Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters.  This new edition... Read more

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The Myth of Hitler’s Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews from the Nazis.

Book Reviews

Nov 29, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

In early May 2007, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints met and recommended to Pope Benedict XVI that... Read more

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Black and Catholic in the Jim Crow South: the stuff that makes community.

Book Reviews

Nov 29, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

This book tells the story of black Catholics in Natchez, Mississippi during the days of the Jim Crow laws.  Danny... Read more

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Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

Book Reviews

Nov 9, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

This book is a revision of the 1988 edition with 70% new prayers and blessings for many of the most... Read more

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Death, Where is your Sting? Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, and his edifying encounter with Yellow Fever.

Book Reviews

Oct 24, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Who is Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos?  He is a man who lived from 1819 to 1867 and was born in... Read more

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Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality

Book Reviews

Oct 19, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Mother Angelica is one of the most known Catholic religious women in the United States.  Her television network, EWTN (Eternal... Read more

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Jesus of Nazareth: from the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.

Book Reviews

Oct 18, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

The words to describe this book are “wow” and “awe inspiring”.  This deep, academic book is the first in a... Read more

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Did Pope Pius XII Help the Jews?

Book Reviews

Oct 15, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Sr. Margherita Marchione has written several books on Pope Pius XII and World War II.  In this concise book, she... Read more

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Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta.”

Book Reviews

Oct 15, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

Book by Brian Kolodiejchuk.   Read more

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The Apostles

Book Reviews

Oct 12, 2007

By Br. Benet S. Exton

This book, The Apostles, contains the catecheses and presentations that were delivered by Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly general... Read more

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Harry Potter and “the Death of God”

Book Reviews

Aug 21, 2007

By Michael O'Brien

Published with permission from the authorby Michael D. O’BrienWell, July 21st has come and gone and the world is muggling... Read more

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The Prestige

Movie Reviews

Nov 7, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Directed by Christopher Nolan, the talent behind Memento (2000), The Prestige enters the secretive world of magic to tell the... Read more

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The World’s Fastest Indian

Movie Reviews

Nov 7, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

A surprise hit of 2005, The World’s Fastest Indian is an outstanding celebration of humor, simplicity, perseverance, and kindness.  This... Read more

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Flyboys

Movie Reviews

Oct 9, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Part of a recent influx of movies about heroic servicemen, Flyboys tells the story of WWI fighter pilots from America... Read more

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The Last Kiss

Movie Reviews

Oct 9, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

I loved Zach Braff’s film debut in Garden State (2004), and so I had been eagerly looking forward to his... Read more

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Invincible

Movie Reviews

Sep 15, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Invincible tells the story of Vince Papale, an unemployed substitute teacher from Philadelphia who remains a loyal Eagles fan despite... Read more

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Water

Movie Reviews

Sep 15, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Recently released on DVD, this profound film was produced in India by writer/director Deepa Mehta.  Water tells the story of... Read more

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World Trade Center

Movie Reviews

Aug 24, 2006

By Hilary Rowe

Oliver Stone’s new film about the September 11th attacks is the first big-screen portrayal of those events with big names... Read more