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Uncovered: The War in Iraq

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Source: Catholic News Service

Candidly critical documentary which both chronicles and deconstructs the Bush administration's grounds for going to war with Iraq following the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, alleging that the president misled and deceived the American public in order to rally support through misinformation which exaggerated the threat Saddam Hussein's regime posed to national security. Filmed with detached passion by Robert Greenwald, the film is, by turns, insightful and incendiary -- though ultimately one-sided -- in methodically making its case, relying on straightforward talking-head interviews with intelligence experts, former CIA operatives and weapons analysts which are juxtaposed with contrapuntal news footage. Some war images. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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<p>The cross immediately became an object of veneration. At a Good Friday celebration in Jerusalem toward the end of the fourth century, according to an eyewitness, the wood was taken out of its silver container and placed on a table together with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus' head: Then "all the people pass through one by one; all of them bow down, touching the cross and the inscription, first with their foreheads, then with their eyes; and, after kissing the cross, they move on." </p><p>To this day the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox alike, celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the September anniversary of the basilica's dedication. The feast entered the Western calendar in the seventh century after Emperor Heraclius recovered the cross from the Persians, who had carried it off in 614, 15 years earlier. According to the story, the emperor intended to carry the cross back into Jerusalem himself, but was unable to move forward until he took off his imperial garb and became a barefoot pilgrim.</p> American Catholic Blog Just as sin came into the world through Eve’s no to God, salvation came into the world through Mary’s yes. She is “blessed” not just among women but among all of humanity. We see in Mary the perfect disciple, the perfect humility, the perfect obedience.

 
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