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Copy Desk Daily, Feb. 15, 2019

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Derivative dystopia: 'Alita' needed better characters for its visual spectacle

Movie Review: "Alita: Battle Angel" is derivative and desperate to entertain. It reminded me of other sci-fi films with better told stories.

Texas bishop receives Spirit of Francis Award from Catholic Extension

Catholic Extension honored Bishop Curtis Guillory of Beaumont with its third annual Spirit of Francis Award for his "faith, hope, vision, great compassion and love," his leadership, and his commitment to the Catholic Church and the diverse faith community of southeast Texas.

A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way out

If a special session of the United Methodist Church's legislative assembly votes to drop language in its rulebook that bars "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from being ordained as ministers, a conservative evangelical church in the heart of South Carolina will likely cut the cord.

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering to coincide with March for Life in 2020

The March for Life is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2020, and now the 2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is slated for Jan. 25-28 instead of February; the hope is that there will be more activist cross-over between events and a more unified Catholic voice.

Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger

Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said.

Santa Clara to host clergy sex abuse panel Feb. 19

Santa Clara University's Jesuit School of Theology will host a panel discussion on the clergy sex abuse crisis less than a week before the worldwide meeting of bishops at the Vatican.

Independent investigator issues report on abuse in Louisville Archdiocese

A report by an independent investigator into the Archdiocese of Louisville's handling of clergy sexual abuse in the course of 80-plus years begins as a story of failure followed by what the report calls "a sea change."

New Jersey dioceses publish list of priests 'credibly accused' of abuse

Dioceses in the state of New Jersey made public Feb. 13 the names of priests whom they said had been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of minors, and one of the names is former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Francis reveals he concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Muller and Gustavo Gutierrez

Pope Francis revealed he once concelebrated Mass at the Vatican with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, then the prefect of the doctrinal congregation, and Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Peruvian often credited with founding the sometimes controversial field of liberation theology.