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Curé of Ars speaks to us in ‘Vianney’

He was a poor student who struggled in the seminary, regarded as not bright enough to be a priest. Yet he not only succeeded as a priest, he is the patron of priests and a canonized saint. He is St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, and his story will be told in two upcoming performances in the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Oakville artist shares his faith through his creative works

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Movie Ratings | Oct. 14, 2011

Ratings are supplied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For current reviews, see usccb.org

ABDUCTION: Adults.

THE BIG YEAR: Adults.

COLOMBIANA: Limited adult audience.

CONTAGION: Adults.

COURAGEOUS: Adults/adolescents.

DOLPHIN TALE: General patronage.

DREAM HOUSE: Limited adult audience.

DRIVE: Morally offensive.

'Puss in Boots' echoes Zorro, includes moral lesson

NEW YORK -- An exceptionally intelligent and energetic script that includes a moral lesson propels "Puss in Boots," a 3-D animated children's feature that provides the back story of the fairy tale character as portrayed in the "Shrek" films.

Without being condescending and without adding snarky in-jokes likely to fly over the little ones' heads, the filmmakers combine imagery from fairy tales with a plot that makes Puss (voice of Antonio Banderas) a mischievous bandit.

Donna Cori Gibson returning to St. Louis for three concerts

Nationally know Catholic recording artist Donna Cori Gibson will be returning to St. Louis next month for a series of concerts at local parishes.

Gibson has produced more than half a dozen CDs and performed on Catholic radio and television stations around the country, including EWTN and New York's Prayer Channel. Her music is focused on prayer, the truths of the Church and Scripture. Her recordings have included Christmas music, the lives of the saints, the truths of the Catholic faith, Divine Mercy, Scripture and the Rosary. She recently released a new CD, "The Way of the Cross."

Catholic bookstores struggle to compete with online sellers

Sisters Joan Paula Arruda and Andrew Marie Tyler looked at a book on an e-reader at the Pauline Books and Media store in Old Town Alexandria, Va., Aug. 10. The Daughters of St. Paul, which operates 13 bookstores in North America, including one in Crestwood, offers more than 50 of their own titles as e-books.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CNS) — Like most small- and medium-size bookstores, shops specializing in Catholic religious books have been hit by the ubiquity of such online giants as Amazon.

"We rely on hard work and God's grace," said Helen Dorin of Boric Religious Supply in St. John, Ind., which is going into its third generation as a family-operated book and religious articles store.

"It has hurt us," she said about Internet book sales. "Customers will come in and browse our books, and then go and order online."

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