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The Kid Who Would Be King

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The Arthurian legend gets an inventive updating in "The Kid Who Would Be King" (Fox), a thrilling adventure that casts schoolchildren as latter-day Knights of the Round Table, destined to save the world.

Glass

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Those willing to entertain the real-life existence of superheroes as well as those well-versed in the previous films of director M. Night Shyamalan would appear to be the target audience for his thriller "Glass" (Universal).

Archdiocese launches website to inform, educate on clergy abuse response

The Archdiocese of Boston is launching a website this week entitled "Protection, Prevention and Healing," which has been created for use by all Catholics in the archdiocese.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

As many of you may know, for much of this past week I was on retreat with the bishops of the United States at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. There were about 250 bishops in attendance, which is about the number that would normally attend our plenary session in November.

Archdiocese prepares to launch Digital Initiative to provide websites to parishes

BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston expects to launch its Digital Initiative, a program to provide parishes with a free platform and templates for their websites next month.

Jesuit province releases names of priests accused of abuse

BRAINTREE -- The USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus released on Jan. 15 a list of Jesuit priests in the province who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults since 1950.

School families invited to learn more about mental health resources

MEDFORD -- St. Raphael Parish School in Medford is hosting a presentation from Franciscan Children's Hospital Mental Health Education Program on children's mental health wellness on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and invites families and staffs from Metro North Region Catholic Schools to attend.

Divorce Month

Jeff Bezos, the father of four and the richest man in the world, just announced that he and his wife of 25 years are divorcing. We learned from the same newspaper that January is not, as we had thought, the Return Christmas Gifts Month, but rather the Divorce Month. The newspaper carried a moving article by a divorced mother, describing her pain and the pain of her young daughters when her husband decided to bail on the family weeks before Christmas. His reason was he wanted to move in with his new girlfriend because her son was spending the holidays with his father -- her ex-husband -- and she might be lonely. Very compassionate.

Helping those affected by the federal shutdown

Every Christmas season is a time of giving for us at Catholic Charities. We expend all of our available resources to make sure that children and struggling families in our community are able to have a merry Christmas. Now that the Yuletide season has come and gone, we are faced with our biggest challenge of the New Year -- restocking our shelves.

The establishment of St. John Hospital in Lowell

In 1863, a small infirmary opened on Adams Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was established by parishioners of St. Patrick Church who desired a place where those among them could receive treatment if they fell ill, but it soon became apparent there was a greater need for medical care in the city and its surroundings. This small facility was not adequately equipped to meet these needs, and lacked the funding, space, and experienced individuals to help it grow -- so the parishioners sought help from elsewhere.