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May 18, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 19   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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The Da Vinci Code movie

Confused? Questions?

A new documentary from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's (USCCB) Catholic Communication Campaign brings authentic Catholic teaching about Jesus Christ back into focus.

Update: Jesus Decoded to air on WMTV, Channel 15

In response to many calls from Catholic Herald readers, WMTV, Channel 15, in Madison will air the documentary, Jesus Decoded, at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, and Sunday, May 28.

The documentary, produced for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, brings authentic Catholic teaching about Jesus Christ into focus.

Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Catholic Church suppress various secret Gospels that "tell the real truth" about Jesus and the early Church? Did deception and politics determine which books were included and excluded from the Bible?

These are questions that some readers of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code are asking. And with the worldwide debut of director Ron Howard's film version of the novel, many others are certain to be exposed to the sensational claims which call into question fundamental orthodox beliefs about Jesus and the Church.

To help separate the Catholic truth from fiction, the Catholic Communication Campaign has produced Jesus Decoded, a new hour-long documentary that presents clear and accurate information about the person of Jesus, his disciples, and the formation of the books included in the official canon of the Bible.

Jesus Decoded Web siteShot on location in Israel, Turkey, and Italy, and making use of an international group of scholars versed in art, history, and Scripture, Jesus Decoded offers a solid Catholic response to Da Vinci Code believers, concentrating especially on the first three centuries of the development of the Church. This documentary has been distributed to NBC TV stations for broadcast the weekend of May 20 (WMTV-Madison is not showing Jesus Decoded [see update]).

The documentary is available for purchase on DVD from USCCB Publishing for $19.95.

A companion booklet, The Authentic Jesus, is being offered by USCCB Publishing for $2.50. A box of 100 parish bulletin inserts also will be available for $12. Prices do not include shipping and handling. To purchase, contact USCCB Publishing at 800-235-8722.

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Article removed: Because of a licensing agreement with Catholic News Service, The Catholic Herald may archive CNS news stories for only 30 days. A CNS article has been removed from this site: The Da Vinci Code movie: Catholic leaders urge caution.

A related story was published in the May 18, 2006 print edition (page 18) of The Catholic Herald.

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Celebration of Family and the Sanctity
of All Human Life

All People in the Diocese of Madison are invited to join Bishop Robert C. Morlino for Mass, prayer, and a Celebration of Family and the Sanctity of All Human Life. Rejoice and praise God for the gift of all mothers and fathers who portray God's Holy Family both in prayer and family unity.

Come join Bishop Morlino on Friday, June 2, at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel in Madison. Our celebration will start with Mass at 5:30 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction following until 8 p.m.

For directions to the Pastoral Center, call 608-821-3000.

Children are the treasure and hope of the Church.

-- Pope John Paul II

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Special section: Graduation/Vocations

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Swiss Guard: Invaluable asset
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• Question Corner
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The United Nations:
Church's stand on the organization

• The Pope Speaks
by Pope Benedict XVI --
Ministry of apostles: Continues through successors, the bishops

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Graduate program:
Ave Maria University comes to Janesville

JANESVILLE -- A talk on "John Paul the Great: Champion of Human Dignity" was presented by Douglas Bushman from the faculty of the Institute for Pastoral Theology (IPT) at Ave Maria University, followed by a presentation and question/answer session on the IPT's graduate program in pastoral theology.

I attended the program held at St. John Vianney parish in Janesville, which is the host site for the graduate classes beginning in July of this year. The program was also presented at the Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in Madison.

Both Bushman and Timothy Herrman from the faculty of the Institute for Pastoral Theology were present for both evenings.   Full story ...

Sr. Marcia Vinje:
To attend gathering in Rome

MADISON -- Sr. Marcia Vinje, a Schoenstatt Sister of Mary from the Diocese of Madison, will be attending a special Pentecost gathering in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI.

She will be among approximately 1,000 Schoenstatt pilgrims in Rome as part of an international gathering of 80,000 to 100,000 people representing 130 ecclesial movements and new communities.

This is the second such gathering of movements, explained Sister Marcia. "In 1998, Pope John Paul II called together ecclesial movements and new communities, groups founded in the last century as a call to holiness."

Shortly after his election in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI invited the people to the second gathering to celebrate Pentecost 2006 together in Rome.   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. Issues to be skipped include: June 1, July 13, and August 10. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
May 25 first two weeks of June May 18 June 1
July 6 first two weeks of July June 29 July 13
Aug. 3 first two weeks of Aug. July 27 Aug. 10

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