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20161017T1350 5974 CNS AWARD GAFFIGAN 800Jeannie Gaffifgan, comedy writer and producer of "The Jim Gaffigan Show," speaks after accepting the inaugural Eloquentia Perfecta Award from Paulist Press and Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education Oct. 14 in New York. She is the wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan. (CNS photo/courtesy Fordham University)

NEW YORK (CNS) – Laughing at ourselves and being open to sharing our failures and flaws within and beyond the community of faith is a powerful means to dispel the myth that Catholics are ignorant or judgmental or exclusive in any way, actress Jeannie Gaffigan told an audience in New York Oct 14.

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NEW HAVEN – “The Face of Mercy,” a new Knights of Columbus documentary that uses personal accounts to highlight the impact of God’s mercy on people’s lives, will air on many ABC-affiliated TV stations from Oct. 16 to Dec. 16.

20160817T1558 0039 CNS BEN HUR DOWNEY BURNETT 800Toby Kebbell and Pilou Asbaek star in a scene from the movie "Ben Hur." (CNS photo/Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc)

WASHINGTON (CNS) – It's been 57 years since the last film version of "Ben-Hur" hit movie theaters. That alone is, for most Hollywood types, reason enough for a remake.

annie adoro te 1440 webCurtain call at the close of the show “Annie,” performed on June 18 and 19 brings out some of the 115-member cast of students of the Adoro Te homeschooling group and its Avon Mountain Drama Group, which presents an annual musical every June. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

AVON – Taking the stage for the 12th year in a row in a year-end performance by the Avon Mountain Drama Group, a cast of 115 students of the Adoro Te Catholic homeschool organization treated over 350 invited guests to a production of the Broadway Junior version of “Annie” on June 18 and 19.

sr alicia chopped 1505 july16 webInvited speaker Sister Alicia Torres, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist of Chicago, lunches with members of the ladies guild at the Franciscan Urban Life Center at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford. (Photo by Shelley Wolf)

HARTFORD – Like a competitive athlete, the spunky and determined Sister Alicia Torres, a young member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, made the sign of the cross on national television – at the start of a cooking competition against three other soup kitchen chefs on the Food Network TV show “Chopped.”