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At the Movies: ‘Book of Life,’ ‘Alexander’ Highlight Family Bonds

Who knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, is the backdrop for “The Book of Life” (Fox), an entertaining and visually stunning 3-D animated film.

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An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed

According to Vatican-speak, a specially scheduled session of the Synod of Bishops is an “Extraordinary Synod,” meaning not-an-Ordinary Synod, held every three years or so. In the case of the recently completed Extraordinary Synod of 2014, extraordinary things did happen, in the “Oh, wow!” sense of the word.

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Alumni Return to Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents is proof that you can go home to your roots. The East Flatbush parish celebrated its homecoming weekend, Oct. 10-12, by welcoming back over 200 school alumni from 1941 to 2006. Other alumni events have proved to be successful, but this gathering was the most successful in recent history.

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A Half-Century of Revelations

“After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb … These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress … They will not hunger or thirst anymore … For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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Reading Helps Us Tap into Literary Treasures

When I first started writing this weekly column many years ago, my mother often would say to me, “I don’t know why you are writing all of these columns. No one understands what you’re writing.”

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We Always Need Spiritual Renewal

n a favorite musical of mine, “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye and Lazar sing, “God would like us to be joyful even when our hearts lie panting on the floor; how much more could we be joyful when there’s really something to be joyful for?”

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Memory Loss Is Not an Inevitable Part of Aging

Dear Dr. Garner,

I am 75 years old, and I constantly forget things. I forget where I left the keys, where I parked the car and my friends’ names.

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Trekking Through the Amazon with Atheists

“What in God’s name am I doing here?” was the question I asked myself as I trudged through the 90-degree, 95-percent humidity of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Students Honored for Donating to Missions

World Mission Sunday used to be celebrated with parades and pageantry. Kids would dress up as their favorite saints and missionaries. There would be processions through the streets.

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A Pastoral Approach to Moral Principles

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, As the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family came to a close last Saturday, Pope Francis beatified Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass, praising him as a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.

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