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Vatican newspaper says Harry Potter film champions values

July 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The last battle of the almost-grownup Harry Potter may be too scary for young viewers, but it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice, the Vatican newspaper said.

"The atmosphere of the last few episodes, which had become increasingly dark and ominous, reaches its pinnacle," said one of two reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 printed July 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

July 25, 2011
JOHN MULDERIG
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

One of the most successful movie franchises of all time goes out in style with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Warner Bros.).

Though this eighth installment in the series that began with 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone may bewilder newcomers — if there are any of the uninitiated left, they will not find themselves mollycoddled by patient exposition — director David Yates provides a gratifying wrap-up to a decade of blockbuster adaptations.

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Benedict begins summer vacation with pen in hand

July 18, 2011

Pope Benedict officially began his summer vacation July 7, taking a helicopter from the Vatican to the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, less than 25 km south of Rome.

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Mexican electoral tribunal complains about Church

July 18, 2011

Mexico's electoral tribunal has ordered the Interior Ministry to sanction the Archdiocese of Mexico City for comments urging Catholics to not vote for political parties promoting liberalized abortion laws and same-sex marriage.

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Greek Catholic prelate fears disaster looms

July 18, 2011

Greece's Catholic Church faces disaster because the current economic crisis is forcing it to end vital social and charitable projects, said Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos of Athens.

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Vatican reports budget surplus for 2010

July 18, 2011

The Vatican reported a budget surplus for the first time in four years in 2010, but said contributions from Catholics and dioceses around the world had gone down.

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Diocese casts eye on Crystal Cathedral

July 18, 2011

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange asked a group of diocesan advisers July 6 to "explore possibilities" regarding the Crystal Cathedral, once the home church of the Rev. Robert Schuller, a noted TV preacher.

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Tourists should learn inspiration of Catholic art

July 18, 2011

When tourists visit a Catholic church or shrine to view the art or architecture, they also should get a sense of the faith that inspired the work, the Vatican said.

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Companies urged to study human trafficking links

July 18, 2011

A coalition of religious investors want officials at 27 major companies to look deeper into the role human trafficking may play in the operation of their firms.

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Ethicists back EU plan to ban embryo-based patents

July 18, 2011

Twenty-five ethicists and lawyers from 11 European countries have stated their support for a proposed ban on patenting technologies derived from experiments on human embryos.

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