The widespread esteem in which Francis is held — both within and beyond the confines of the church — has made him something of a sanctified staple on the big screen.

Abortion is the hot-button issue of the day. Who among us can rationally argue that the protection of human life — at its core and despite wars of politics or economics — is NOT inherent to human nature? Why do we have so many ERs? Why do we condemn murder, manslaughter and cannibalism?

A new book defines what interreligious dialogue should not be and what it can be, and the deepening of our own Catholic faith that can happen through dialogue with the religious "other."

Dr. Martino takes the notion of faith and truth and paints broad-strokes directly into the secular world.

Images and architecture, he writes, can teach us and lead us to prayer as do the Scriptures, acting as "stimuli" to encounter God's presence as a feast.

One year after 10 local Catholic men ventured to Spain, a documentary about their life-changing pilgrimage held a packed theater spellbound.

The dog days of summer may inspire the urge to get away from it all. Wise moviegoers, however, will not seek their relief in "Vacation" (Warner Bros.), a dog of a comedy that happily rolls around in all manner of muck.

Each chapter highlights a particular month's religious themes, traditions, feasts and special saints and offers unique gardening lore such as creating a home garden with the theme of the Stations of the Cross.

Say the words, “Roman Catholic,” and what are the first images that pop into people’s minds?

With a deeper understanding of Church social doctrine and the willful act of putting away our useless pride, we can cease being Republicans or Democrats first and cease looking at the world only through a nationalistic lens.


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