WATERBURY – “The War of the Vendée,” a film by Danbury-based Navis Pictures about the forgotten martyrs of the French Revolution, will be screened at 7 p.m. June 30 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.
The screening is free and open to the public.
More than 250 young people make up the cast of the film, which is about a group of Catholic counter-revolutionaries whose actions won the restoration of religious freedom for France. Information is available at http://www.navispictures.com.
Navis Pictures released a film in 2009 about St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Click here to read about that film and Jim Morlino, creator of Navis Pictures.
At the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip.
At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”