Heaven Is for Real

NEW YORK - "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength." Those familiar words, addressed to God in Psalm 8 of the King James Bible, might serve as the tagline for the fact-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" (TriStar).

Taking you back to 33 days in 1978

Thirty-three days into his papacy, Pope John Paul I was found dead. His sudden death in 1978 plunged Catholics and other Christians into what British actor David Suchet calls “absolute despair” and set the stage, literally, for the theatrical production of The Last Confession.

Church can do much more for human rights

A significant Catholic scholar of the post-Vatican II era is struggling to be heard on a deeply Catholic subject — human rights.

Spirituality at ease with life’s mysteries

Prayer can be carried by the simplest of words. For American author Anne Lamott, those words are help, thanks and wow.

Scarboro Mission priest recounts the days of People Power

TORONTO - When the Filipino revolution happened Fr. Charlie Gervais was there, in the middle, talking to soldiers and rebels, peasants and potentates. History unfolded in his parish, in the prayers and struggles of his people.

Polish culture, Catholic faith go hand-in-hand

TORONTO - When Poles want to introduce the world to Polish culture, it begins and ends with their Catholic heritage.

Why some Muslim countries won’t screen ‘Noah’

Worried there weren’t enough quality retellings of Muslim stories for children, Adiba Ataeva decided to start her own publishing company. But rather than printed books or videos, Ataeva went with audio books in part because the medium offered the least hassles with fellow Muslims.

Biblical films back in style

A decade after The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood has seen the light — again — and it’s the colour of money.

Noah sparks debate over one of the world’s oldest and most beloved stories

NEW YORK - In recent years, Hollywood has made a concerted effort to lure religious audiences to the local cineplex with such films as The Passion of the Christ, Son of God and even dark-horse hits like Facing the Giants. And most of the time, it’s worked.

Getting to know Mary of Nazareth as mother

Catholics know the Virgin Mary well as mother, but not as daughter, woman or wife. The film Mary of Nazareth extrapolates from what is known of the Immaculate Conception to explore the life of a Jewish girl famous for saying yes to God.

Jerusalem divided but shockingly similar

TORONTO - When three young women, strangers to each other, were brought together in Jerusalem by an adventurous movie director they were surprised to discover how much they had in common.

Church treasures saved from sale

TORONTO When churches have a stained glass emergency — imagine a rock thrown through hundred-year- old glass — they call Mansu Han, artist, craftsman and stained glass superhero.

Some reading to help bolster the Lenten spirit

If you’re not ready, you can lose track of Lent. After Ash Wednesday slips by, the Thursdays and Fridays of Lent can seem a lot like any other Thursday or Friday.