“Everyone who acknowledges Me before others, I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others, I will deny before My heavenly Father.”
It’s not very often that the Vatican gives approval to a film showing at the cinema, but it happened in 1997 when the Italian movie Life is Beautiful was first released. It’s an unusual film which deals with a sensitive subject, that of the Nazi Holocaust and the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. Although it won an Oscar for best picture, the movie has its critics as well as its admirers.
The film tells the story of a Jewish Italian man named Guido, an attractive clown-like figure who falls in love with Dora, the woman of his dreams. His humorous personality wins her affection and eventually they marry and have a son. The little boy is about six years old when the Nazi persecution takes over. The Germans round up Guido and his son and, because Dora refuses to be left behind, all three are taken to a concentration camp. When they arrive the couple is separated in preparation for hard labor. Any children are killed, but Guido hides his son and persuades him the whole business is a game in which he must co-operate if he wants to win a prize. The scenes unfold with a mixture of comedy and drama, exploring the rich themes of love, of sacrifice, and of courage.Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- A refugee camp in the Mideast- Sadly we are aware of the persecution of the Christians in Iraq and all throughout the Mideast. This persecution has gone on for many years, but unfortunately it appears that it will surpass the persecution of the Jews in the late 30s and early 40s. It truly is a Christian Holocaust. There was a time when we had a decent government that they would rally forces, send in troops, and stop the slaughter of innocent people. It is time that not only our government, but the governments of the rest of the free world take action and stop the slaughter of God’s holy innocents. Below you will see a video of Myriam, a young Christian girl who truly has Christ living within her. Myriam thanks God and teaches the world a lesson of forgiveness after surviving persecution by ISIS. She is singing a song of gratitude to God for His divine protection. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – Bishop Pates, the chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17.
Bishop Pates recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses and, under threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives. Accordingly, he urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christian and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria and other countries. Thousands of Christians are being executed, beheaded, kidnapped, and raped by groups promoting Islam. Continue reading →