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Spaghetti Bowl: Fitness, camaraderie part of U.S. seminary life in Rome

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A seminary is not typically known for its emphasis on physical activity and fitness, but many seminarians see it as an integral part of daily life.

Bishops approve revised translation of baptismal rite for children

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- During their annual fall assembly Nov. 13-14 in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops dealt with pressing issues of the day, such as racism and immigration reform, but they also paid close attention to the words used during children's baptisms.

TV program notes -- week of Nov. 26, 2017

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Here are some television program notes for the week of Nov. 26 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.

TV film fare -- week of Nov. 26, 2017

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of Nov. 26. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.

Justice League

NEW YORK (CNS) -- When it comes to repetitiously threatening the world with annihilation, Hollywood is almost as persistent as North Korean state media.

Wonder

NEW YORK (CNS) -- "Wonder" (Lionsgate) is a beautiful film about ugliness. Its protagonist is August "Auggie" Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a 10-year-old boy born with facial deformities whose misshapen visage becomes a moral Rorschach test for the people around him.

The Star

NEW YORK (CNS) -- A holiday treat suitable for all but the tiniest, "The Star" (Sony) is a delightful animated version of the Christmas story told from the perspective of some of the animals present in the manger.

DECREE: In Nomine Domini

In October 2008, a committee, composed of a number of pastors as well as Pastoral Center staff, was formed to study the financial relationship between the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Central Ministries") and the Parishes, Quasi-Parishes, and Rectorates of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Parish" or "Parishes"). This committee, first named the Improved Financial Relationship Committee ("IFRC"), was later changed to reflect the progress they had made, becoming the Improved Financial Relationship Model (hereafter "IFRM"). Their tasks and goals included: the creation of financially vibrant Parishes enabling them to carry out their missions; the improvement of financial stability of Parishes and Central Ministries; enhancement of the financial relationship between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased mutual accountability by having Parishes and Central Ministries revenues more closely tied together; increased support and communication between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased participation in the Central Ministries budget process by Pastors and lay members of the Christian faithful; and a simple, fair and equitable system where all Parishes are asked to give their proportionate fair share. IFRM did this through extensive and wide reaching consultation and over the course of four years, with the full implementation not happening until July, 2013.

Beatification will see 'Jesus planting his cross' in heart of Detroit

DETROIT (CNS) -- On Nov. 18, more than a few Hail Marys will be thrown around inside Ford Field. And unlike a football game, every single prayer will be answered.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

St. Jerome School, Weymouth Last Friday (11/3) I was very happy to go to Weymouth to celebrate a Mass to commemorate the 60th anniversary of St. Jerome School.