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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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FOR GREATER GLORY coming to Blu-ray, DVD!

FOR GREATER GLORY debuts on Video-on Demand (VOD), DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 11. Released in theaters on June 1, the epic action film earned more than $5.6 million at the domestic box office.

FOR GREATER GLORY will arrive in stores and online retailers with suggested retail prices of $26.99 for the DVD, $32.99 for the Blu-Ray and $32.99 for the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.

The film follows the true story of the 1920s Cristero War – the daring people’s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America. Directed by Dean Wright and produced by Pablo Jose Barroso, FOR GREATER GLORY stars Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia, Golden Globe winner Eva Longoria, Oscar® winner Peter O’Toole, and introduces teenager Mauricio Kuri, who plays Cristero martyr Blessed José Sanchez del Rio.

FOR GREATER GLORY – Specifications

Running Time: 150 Minutes
Rated: R
Street Date: Sept. 11, 2012
Sound: English 5.1, Español 5.1
SRP: $26.99 for the DVD, $32.99 for the Blu-Ray, $32.99 for DVD/Blu-Ray Combo
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Subtitles: Español
Special Features: The True Story of the Cristeros


Ignatius Press has published the official companion book to the film, For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristiada. Written by noted Cristero War historian and expert Ruben Quezada, English and Spanish editions of the book are available now.

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Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Aug. 14 is the Feast Day of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (Jan. 8, 1894 – Aug. 14, 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar best known for volunteering to die in place of a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was canonized by the Catholic Church as St. Maximilian Kolbe on Oct. 10, 1982, by Blessed Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity.

Blessed Pope John Paul II declared him the “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century.” St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of families, journalists, drug addicts, prisoners (including political prisoners) and the pro-life movement. Due to his efforts to promote Consecration and entrustment to Mary, he also is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

Click here for a Novena prayer to St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Wednesday: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Aug. 15 – is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s one of six Holy Days of Obligation observed in the United States; meaning all Catholics should attend Mass and glorify Mary.

View Canon 1246 – Defining the Holy Days of Obligation.

Holy Days of Obligation, or Holy Days of Opportunity.

A Holy Day of Obligation, defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “requires the faithful to sanctify the day… by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered,”
CCC 2042.

This feast day originated in the 5th Century; however it was not until 1950 that the Assumption was declared a dogma of the Church.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII infallibly declared the Feast of the Assumption a dogma of the Catholic Church in Munificentissimus Deus; declaring “it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever virgin Mary, having completed the course of Her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to Heavenly glory.”

Read the Munificentissimus Deus.

Click here to listen to a Vatican Radio interview with scholar and author Fr. Peter Stravinskus on the Assumption.

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View the Catholic Online video explaining the Catholic Dogma of the Assumption.

See how people celebrate this special feast day.

Christians Unite … As1!

Can the Bible ever become part of popular culture’s leading edge? Jonathan Bock believes so, and he’s launched the new nonprofit As1 to prove it. “For centuries, Christians were vibrant Patrons of the Arts commissioning the best artists to create some of the greatest art in human history which defined Christianity in a positive light.” said Bock, Founder of As1 and President of Grace Hill Media. “But along the way, we walked away from culture, allowed our faith to be portrayed in a negative light and, as a natural result, culture moved on without us.” As1 intends to unite Christians to impact the culturally significant art of today – film, television and music – through its demographic size and collective buying power. Bock noted that a number of well-known American pop-culture figures – including Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Jeff Foxworthy and Mark Burnett – are working on Biblically-based productions. “Will we make these projects massive hits … or will we passively stand by and squander this extraordinary moment?” Bock asked “The stakes are high, and it’s up to us.” Click here to visit the As1 website. Click here to visit and Like the As1 Facebook page.

More News You Can Use!

Pray for the repose of the soul of Nellie Gray – March for Life Founder Nellie Gray has died. She was 88. Please pray for the repose of her soul. Click here to read – and say – Fr. Frank Pavone’s Prayer for Nellie.

FRONTLINE FAITH on iPadre Podcast
Click here to listen to Fr. Jay Finelli’s visit with FRONTLINE FAITH Founder Cheri Lomonte on the iPadre podcast.

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ALMA Awards®FOR GREATER GLORY and THE WAY are nominated for multiple American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards®. Voting continues online through Sept. 7. Vote daily here!