November 9, 2017

A Golden Birthday, a gratitude garland, how mothers are dictionaries, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our older son is 10 today—double digits! It’s his golden birthday (10 on the 10th), and he has been counting down the days, of course.
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Director of ‘The Star’ aimed for fresh look at Nativity

Presenting the story of the Nativity from the perspective of the animals allowed the producers and director to see the well-known narrative from fresh eyes. In an interview for the "Catholic Baltimore" radio show, director Timothy Reckart discusses the goals of those who produced the movie, which opens Nov. 17.
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Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him ‘venerable’

Pope John Paul I, known as the smiling pope, is pictured at the Vatican in 1978. Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I with a decree recognizing his heroic virtues. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Pope bans cigarette sales at the Vatican

Concerned by the damage caused by smoking, Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City State.
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