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: ‘Billowtail’ a delightful read for children and adults

When local author Sherry Boas decided to branch off into children’s books, she didn’t have to go too far for inspiration.

‘Simple, not silly’: Children’s questions become book by Pope Francis

In the end, 259 children in 26 countries submitted questions in 14 languages. They come from children in wealthy cities, poor rural areas and even refugee centers.

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.

Books: ‘Embracing God’s Plan for Marriage: A Scripture Study for Couples’

Psychologists cite incompatibility as the number one cause for the rising divorce rates. Research, studies, and statistics prove it. Being “in love” is the...

Team effort encourages newfound love for Rosary

One thing we can truly know about the Rosary is that nothing about it is arbitrary.

New book invites reader into deeper reflection of Holy Week

The season of Lent and Holy Week, the most sacred season for Catholics, the focus where all of our reality comes alive, is upon us.

Collection reconciles faith and science

The conflict between science and religion, which we all hear about, is much like today’s politics — there’s nothing to it. If it were true that an irreconcilable conflict exists, we wouldn’t have Catholic priests like Copernicus (Sun at the center of the Solar System) and LeMaître (the Big Bang) discovering how the entire universe works.

Award-winning coffee table book introduces readers to Southwestern saint

Everybody seems to have their own favorite saint; whole professions and vocations have their patron saints, and even some countries have a patron saint that stands out in their history. In the Southwest, we have Junípero Serra, OFM, who founded a total of 10 missions from Baja California to San Francisco.

Former white supremacist relates tale of how Catholicism changed him in ‘Race With the...

"I am not writing a biography but a conversion story," Joseph Pearce explains in his new book, "Race With the Devil." His was a Christian conversion in the strict sense that it represented a full turnaround of his life. A Catholic today, Pearce during his teens became a white supremacist in England, devoting his talents then and in his early 20s to promoting racism.