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: 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.

New Bing Crosby bio paints picture of crooner and his priest alter-ego

NEW YORK (CNS) — Affable fictional clergyman Fr. Charles “Chuck” O’Malley was the principal figure in two well-received World War II-era movies, 1944’s “Going My Way” and its 1945 sequel, “The Bells of St. Mary’s.”

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: ‘Lily’ trilogy author releases new novel about the mercy of God

The Holy Father has said that the New Evangelization “begins in the confessional.” It is in that setting that much of the story unfolds...

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.

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: ‘Dangers to the Faith’: Understanding threats to faith

Al Kresta's book, “Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism’s 21st Century Opponents,” shines light into all the nooks and crannies where the dangerous things lurk and sets us thinking about our own ambivalence and lack of action toward them.