Movie: ‘Pair who were in Benghazi say they felt God’s protection in firefight’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Not only are there no atheists in foxholes, but some of the denominational differences seem to disappear, too, once you’re under heavy fire. That was the situation that Mark Geist and Kris Paronto found themselves in working as military contractors in Benghazi, Libya. It was their book, co-written with other members of […]

Movie: ‘Room’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” These words from poet John Milton’s 17th-century epic “Paradise Lost” capture at least one theme of the poignant, multifaceted drama “Room” (A24). As a tale of confinement and isolation with far-reaching and universal […]

Papal envoy opens eucharistic congress by declaring war on poverty

CEBU, Philippines (CNS) — The 51st International Eucharistic Congress kicked off with Pope Francis’ representative, Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, declaring war on poverty. “The Eucharist calls for … a third world war against poverty,” said Cardinal Bo, “a third world war against the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous, organic food, while […]

Pope: Six mission dioceses in Canada will transition to normal status

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has decided that six dioceses in Canada, previously considered mission territories under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, will transition to normal status. The dioceses of Keewatin-Le Pas, Churchill-Hudson Bay, Moosonee, Grouard-McLennan, Mackenzie-Fort Smith and Whitehorse now fall under the normal, or “common law” status, […]

Festival of Forgiveness – Sample bulletin and/or pulpit announcement

In his proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis described mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life.” During Lent 2016, the Church in the Diocese of Saint Cloud wants every person to experience the life-changing power of God’s mercy and love. On March 4 — the fourth Friday of Lent […]

Festival of Forgiveness – Parishes hosting sacrament of reconciliation

DEANERY PARISH TIME Alexandria/Morris St. Mary, Alexandria 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cold Spring St. Louis, Paynesville 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fergus Falls/ Wadena Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls St. Ann, Wadena 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Foley/Princeton Christ Our Light, Princeton 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Little Falls St. Mary, Little Falls […]

Movie: ‘The 5th Wave’

NEW YORK (CNS) — The zombie apocalypse theme has become a staple of pop culture. The latest movie variant, “The 5th Wave” (Columbia), adds an alien invasion and adolescent tribulations to the mix. Neither element succeeds in boosting the novelty factor one iota. Nevertheless, while this adaptation of Rick Yancey’s 2013 book isn’t distinguished by […]