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Mike Flanagan’s ‘Midnight Mass’ is a Soulful and Extraordinary Portrait of Horror and Humanity

In recent years, Mike Flanagan has become something of a super-star for fans of gothic tales full of heart. His two anthology limited-series, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, captured the love and loyalty of many a horror fan, and so his new venture, Midnight Mass, has garnered a great deal of anticipation. It’s also earned strong early praise from the likes of Stephen King and Scott Derrickson. I’m happy to say none of it was misplaced excitement or feigned praise. Midnight Mass is Flanagan’s most skillfully-constructed limited series yet, seven pensive and potent episodes that tell a fantastic story through both quiet and roar. It begins its story when two people, Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) and Father Paul (Hamish Linklater), arrive on Crockett Island, an isolated community that holds a population of well under two hundred. Riley is a local man who left the island to become involved in the entrepreneurial life, but killed a woman due to drunk-driving. After serving a 4-year sentence, he returns to the island to live with his parents Annie (Kristin Lehman) and Ed (Henry Thomas) and his teenage brother Warren (Igby Rigney). The weekend of Riley’s return also marks the arrival of the new priest Father Paul, a replacement for the island’s elderly priest who fell ill after a trip to Israel and needs to recover on the mainland.
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Given abuse reforms, expert says bishops have ‘no excuse’ for failure

ROME – Ahead of a three-day summit on child protection taking place in Poland against the backdrop of the country’s recent abuse scandals, perhaps Catholicism’s leading expert has said progress is being made and that new legal tools drafted over the past few years mean bishops now have “no excuse” for failure.
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NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE SEEKS TO 'UNLOCK' CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When is the last time you cracked open the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Odds are, it’s sitting on your bookshelf collecting dust. A new global project, Real + True, seeks to “unlock” the catechism and modernize the way church teaching is presented to a digital age.
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