FOR GREATER GLORY cracks box office Top 10!
FOR GREATER GLORY earned more than $1.8 million on only 757 screens over its opening weekend – good enough for the No. 10 spot in overall box office for all films in release. And it finished at No. 5 in per-screen average among the top 10!
Read the Bloomberg News report on the weekend box office here.
Social media’s most popular outlets are alive with kudos for the film posted by those who saw it last weekend.
“Just saw the movie with my mom and husband,” Monica Aguilar posted to the film’s Facebook page. “We all loved it. It was very moving and inspiring. The theatre was almost full and the audience was really attentive. At the end, everyone applauded and even yelled, ‘Viva Cristo Rey! Que Viva!’ It was outstanding!”
“#ForGreaterGlory is one of the best movies I have ever seen!” Tweeted @GinaGinadel. “I give it 5 stars and highly recommend it! #BestCatholicMovieEver”
Did you see FOR GREATER GLORY last weekend? If so, add your thoughts to the Facebook page – and Tweet about the film using the hashtag #ForGreaterGlory and the official Twitter feed, @ForGreaterGlory.
If you haven’t seen it yet, get to the theater this week! A complete theater list – and links for advance ticket purchases online through Fandango, MovieFone and MovieTickets.com – are available at the film’s official website, www.ForGreaterGlory.com.
The film also continues to rack up media attention. Nationally syndicated radio-talk-show host Rush Limbaugh talked about the film last Friday, its opening day. “It's as moving as it could be, and it's so unexpected,” Limbaugh told his audience. “When's the last movie you saw, a mainstream Hollywood movie, that was pro-Catholic or pro-Christianity?”
Read Limbaugh’s entire rave about FOR GREATER GLORY.
Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, hosted the red-carpet premiere of the film last Thursday night, and the event drew significant media attention.
Watch CBS News coverage here.
Watch coverage from the international news agency Reuters here.
Click here to see more photos from the red-carpet world premiere.
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Pray for Courageous Fatherhood in America
Be sure to mark your calendars this week, and join The Maximus Group as we celebrate and pray for all fathers across our great nation.
Our National Novena to St. Joseph will begin this Friday (June 8) and will end on the Saturday before Father’s Day (June 16).
The Courageous Catholic Resources website is hosting the Novena. There you will find downloadable prayers for each day, along with inspiring video reflections from some of the most influential Catholics from around the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
For an inside look at some of the reflections we have lined up for you, click the image below to watch Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory’s reflection on How to Be a Father in the Image of St. Joseph.
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Pope Designates Philadelphia for 2015 World Meeting of Families
Pope Benedict XVI travelled to Milan last weekend to participate in the 7th World Meeting of Families – an event created in 1994 by Blessed Pope John Paul II to support families around the world. During his visit, the Holy Father celebrated an open-air Mass for 1 million faithful. Read a story on the Mass here.
Just before reciting the Angelus on Sunday, the Holy Father announced that the U.S. will host the next meeting, scheduled for June 2015 in Philadelphia, Pa.
"I am so grateful to the Holy Father that he has chosen Philadelphia,” said Most. Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia. “It's fitting that this gathering, which celebrates the cornerstone of society, will take place in America's cradle of freedom. The Holy Father's choice is a gift to the local Church in Philadelphia and to the whole nation.”
Read the full press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia here.
Read a Catholic News Service story on the announcement.
This meeting’s theme was for families to find a balance between work and celebration. Attendees from 153 countries and five continents traveled to Milan for the event – to rediscover the gift, sacredness and beauty of family life with Pope Benedict XVI.
The Holy Father said work “should not hinder the family, but should rather sustain and unite it, and help it be open to life and to enter into relationships with society and with the Church… work and celebration are important to build a society with a human face.” During his visit, Benedict XVI met separately with the families, business and government dignitaries, religious, and young people attending the meeting.
“It is wonderful for us to be able to welcome you to this stadium where our champions play,” a young Confirmation candidate told the Holy Father during his meeting with young people in a Milan stadium. “However [today], we want to tell you that you are our greatest champion and that the coach of our huge team is the Church.”
Read an article on the meeting from the international news organization ZENIT.
Watch a feature on the event from Rome Reports.
Read a report from the Vatican News Service on the Holy Father’s trip.
Click here for full coverage of the 7th World Meeting of Families.
Holy Father announces new Doctors of the Church
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Pentecost Sunday that he will declare two new Doctors of the Church later this year.
On Oct. 7, at the beginning of the 2012 Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Holy Father will formally declare St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila as Doctors of the Church.
Beginning with Pope Pius V’s 1567 declaration of St. Thomas Aquinas as a Doctor of the Church, Pontiffs have bestowed the title on saints whose writings and preaching they deem to be of universal importance and value to the Catholic Church. The Pope also must declare the individual to be of “eminent learning” and “great sanctity.”
St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila will become the 34th and 35th Doctors of the Church following Benedict XVI’s Oct. 7 formal declaration. They are the first Doctors of the Church named in the 21st Century. Blessed Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese of Lisieux the last Doctor of the Church in October 1997.
Catholic News Agency/EWTN News reported that Benedict XVI made the announcement during Sunday’s Regina Coeli address. “These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” Benedict XVI said.
“But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them perpetually present: the grace of the Holy Spirit, in fact, projected them into that experience of penetrating understanding of divine revelation and intelligent dialogue with the world that constitutes the horizon of permanent life and action of the Church.
“Especially in light of the project of the new evangelization, to which the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be dedicated,” the Pope added, “and on the vigil of the Year of Faith, these two figures of saints and doctors are of considerable importance and relevance.”
St. John of Avila was a 16th century Spanish priest, mystic, preacher and scholar. CNA/EWTN News noted that Pope Benedict announced his intention to name him a Doctor of the Church at World Youth Day in Madrid last August but had not set a specific date for doing so.
Click here for a biography of St. John of Avila.
St. Hildegard was a 12th century German nun, writer, composer, philosopher and mystic, as well as an abbess and founder of several monasteries. The news agency reported that Pope Benedict formally added her to the Church’s roster of saints earlier this month, extending her liturgical feast throughout the world.
Click here for a biography of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
Other Doctors of the Church include St. Augustine, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis de Sales and St. John of the Cross.
Click here to see the full list of current Doctors of the Church on the Catholic Online website. The list includes links to their biographies.