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Left Behind,' first in trilogy, weaves fiction with rapture theology
NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fundamentalist conception of the rapture, as described in the best-selling "Left Behind" novels, may be arriving -- for the first time -- at a movie theater near you. Three earlier films, all starring Kirk Cameron, were marketed primarily as home videos, though the first did have a limited theatrical release. They never drew as large an audience as the series of 16 apocalyptic volumes from authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that began in 1995. The reboot is the first in a planned trilogy of pictures from Stoney Lake Entertainment. Director Vic Armstrong says…
Video: What is a Synod? The basics
Vatican City- An explanation of the 2014 Synod, it's process and structure. The 2014 Synod of Bishops (October 5-19) will focus on the Pastoral Challenges faced by Families all over the world.


South Sudan: government again threatens to close down Catholic radio station
U.S.A. (Catholic World News) -  Government officials in South Sudan have threatened to close down a Catholic radio state, the Fides news service reports. In August the government shut down Radio Bakhita, in the capital city of Juba, for several days. The station was given permission to resume broadcasting, but warned that it should not include “political” programming. The Juba diocese is now assessing the situation, and the station has not yet resumed broadcasting. Now a government official has criticized another Catholic radio station, the “Voice of Hope,” saying that it is a “destructive” influence and should limit its programming…
Archbishop Celli: family is where we learn to communicate
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - With the Synod of Bishops on the family about to open on Sunday, the Vatican has revealed that the message for next year’s World Communications Day is also focused on the theme of the family as ‘a privileged place of encounter with the gift of love’. ‘Communicating the Family’ is the title of the message which is traditionally published in full on January 24th, feast day of St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and journalists. While the media often tends to portray the problems facing families today, the message urges all those…


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