‘Sun’ columnist to publish novel inspired by her work with Chaldean Catholics

“A Martyr’s Crown” is the fruit of two years worth of interviews and work among the Chaldean Catholic immigrant community in Phoenix by Joyce Coronel, longtime columnist and correspondent with The Catholic Sun.

Top 10 parables of faith on screen

Since the advent of cinema in the late 1800s, faith has been treated on film in a wide variety of ways, from the respectful to the satiric. With the church's observance of the Year of Faith continuing, here in alphabetical order are capsule reviews of 10 films that engage with this often elusive topic in an accomplished and illuminating manner. Sometimes directly, in other cases only by subtle implication, these screen parables provide viewers with insights into the nature of faith — as well as its effects.

BOOKS: Twelve Lessons on the Catholic Faith’: Priest makes Church teaching accessible

If we haven’t heard by now, we should take the time to learn: all things are connected. For example, in the American Church, studies from Catholic University paint a dismal picture — approximately 35 percent of professed Catholics surveyed don’t believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Latino illustrator wins award for saintly art

The honor recognizes one Latino author and one Latino illustrator for work that "best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books." David Diaz is responsible for artwork in the June 2012 release of "Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert." It's written by Gary D. Schmidt.

BOOKS: Thought-provoking, inspiring almanac will delight Catholic gardeners

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.

BOOKS: Chapels on campus seen from religious, architectural perspectives

Chapels at Princeton, Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago are explored in Margaret M. Grubiak's "White Elephants on Campus," which provides readers with two history lessons. One is about religion's role on campuses of private, nondenominational U.S. universities; the other is about the architecture of these chapels.

Love of reading, God and puppies leads to ‘pawsome’ achievement

Her second chapter book should be ready for "tween" readers this spring, particularly for those who enjoy dog characters.

Books: ‘Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day’

Illustrated book brings Mexican tradition into full color This time of year is, perhaps, filled with more ritual than any other. Yearly Christmas cards are...

BOOKS: ‘Rekindling the Christic Imagination’ calls us to the New Evangelization

“Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization” is a book that takes us to a place where we should be and where we should have been all along.

Pope Francis, retired Pope Benedict praise Patriarch Bartholomew

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Defending religious freedom, fighting indifference to attacks on human dignity and promoting care of creation are obligations that Orthodox and Catholics share and areas where Pope Francis said he and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople are in deep harmony.