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Monks welcome visitors for Saint Benedict Festival
Brothers Mariano Alva-Ramirez and Benjamin Tran show Mount Angel Abbey's beer.
Brothers Mariano Alva-Ramirez and Benjamin Tran show Mount Angel Abbey's beer.
SAINT BENEDICT – The monks of Mount Angel Abbey will share a farm-to-fork picnic and their own craft beer at the Saint Benedict Festival set for Saturday, July 9.

The event was created to share the heart of monastic life with first-time visitors as well as longtime Abbey friends.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Granite and clay: Creativity, patience shape sculptor for priesthood
ROME (CNS) — In the small dormitory room that smelled of moist modelling clay, dozens of statues of a laughing Jesus lined wooden shelves against a wall.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Beyond rhetoric, book has useful material on ending capital punishment
Someone interested in understanding the fervent opposition by many Christians to capital punishment will find a starting point in this book. Author Shane Claiborne combines facts, storytelling and evangelical preaching to explain this push to abolish capital punishment.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
History a refreshing departure from overly pious views of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi had a few rough edges, according to Jon Sweeney, who rejects the common practice of making him too saintly. First, the strong, public and repeated disobedience to his father, so frequently romanticized by the saint's admirers, amounts to a "flaunting disregard for the fourth commandment," according to Sweeney. Readers might see parallels here with Martin Luther's paternal conflict, a relationship much maligned by Catholics over the centuries.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Slim volume can add to Catholics' understanding of new Mass responses
Any Catholic who attends Mass regularly is by now familiar with the new English translation of the Mass prayers published in 2011. This doesn't mean, however, that familiarity led to understanding or appreciation.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
NEW YORK (CNS) — Genetic engineering explained so that 13-year-old boys can easily comprehend it is one of the features of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" (Paramount).
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Conjuring 2
NEW YORK (CNS) — There's not much magic in "The Conjuring 2" (Warner Bros.). What this possession-themed horror story does have are two principal spirits haunting folks throughout — one of them a demon nun.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Anyone who has ever doubted the genius of Catholic novelist J.R.R. Tolkien need look no further than the heavy-handed video game adaptation "Warcraft" (Universal) for confirmation of his gifts.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Now You See Me 2

NEW YORK (CNS) — There's a moral underlying the magic-themed thriller "Now You See Me 2" (Summit). It concerns being true to yourself while not always believing in what you see. Such, it seems, is the code magicians live by.

Friday, June 17, 2016
Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore at U.P.
There’s still time to see Mock’s Crest Productions presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “Ruddigore” in the Mago Hunt Center Theater, June 17-19 and 23-26. This classic operetta has a zany plot that includes ghosts, witches, curses, disguises and a wicked villain who tries to make off with the fair maiden, Rose Maybud.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Finding Dory
NEW YORK (CNS) — Fans of the 2003 animated adventure "Finding Nemo" have reason to rejoice: The long wait for a sequel is over, and the follow-up, "Finding Dory" (Disney), once again turns vast expanses of salt water into tasty taffy. The result is a dandy treat for moviegoers of almost all ages.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
WATCH: CRS benefit concert set for June 14
St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland has agreed to host a team of musicians and international relief personnel for an evening of music and heartfelt prayer. The session is set for 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at St. Andrew, 806 NE Alberta in Portland.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Brian Doyle reads tonight at Broadway Books
Portland Catholic author Brian Doyle reads from his newest novel, Chicago, at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, June 7 at Broadway Books in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
'Civilize It' during election season

CLEVELAND (CNS) — Amid the anger, the attacks and the sometimes boisterous nature of this year's presidential campaign, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is encouraging parishioners to remember that civility in politics is a virtue.

Monday, June 6, 2016
Me Before You
NEW YORK (CNS) — The folks behind the grand-scale weepie "Me Before You" (Warner Bros.) clearly intend their audience to come to the multiplex armed with an abundant supply of tissues. Regrettably, though, any tears shed by viewers of faith will turn out to be bitter ones.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
NEW YORK (CNS) — The subtitle of the mock documentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" (Universal) hints at the banality of certain segments of the pop music world while providing a glimmer of hope that what's to come will be genuinely witty and fun.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass
NEW YORK (CNS) — The heroine of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (Disney) is not Lewis Carroll's curious 7-year-old girl but rather an intrepid sea captain with an entrepreneurial streak.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Despite flaws, book offers insights into Bible women
The author, who teaches Scripture at Salve Regina University, chooses 12 women, including two sets of sisters. The number 12 is not accidental, being the number of the tribes of Israel and of Jesus' apostles.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse

NEW YORK (CNS) — One can only hope that "X-Men: Apocalypse" spells not the end of the world, as the title implies, but the conclusion of this tiresome franchise.

After all, how much more global destruction and superhuman angst can a reasonable moviegoer take?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
A Hologram for the King

NEW YORK (CNS) — The simple joys of a stable career and a second chance at love are celebrated in "A Hologram for the King" (Lionsgate).

While Catholic viewers will welcome the former element in this adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2012 novel, the personal component will strike them as less straightforward.

Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Darkness

NEW YORK (CNS) — A cut-rate budget leaves the possession-themed horror flick "The Darkness" (BH Tilt) looking more than a bit frayed around the edges.

Big frights? Not here. Telekinesis? Nope. In fact, the low-rent demon at the center of it all mostly likes to turn on spigots when someone leaves a room.

Friday, May 27, 2016

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