Arts News

Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ music soars above his suffering

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By most accounts, Ludwig van Beethoven had a pretty miserable life, which makes his Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” all the more remarkable.

Barbara Jatta grew up in the art world – now she heads the Vatican museums

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VATICAN CITY – Barbara Jatta, the newest director of the Vatican museums, and the first woman to hold the position, said that working with art was a natural path for her to follow – and she can’t imagine a better place to do so.

Church puts new shine on old murals made from the faces of local community

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WINDSOR, Ont. – As a young boy, Fr. Patrick Bénéteau would look up in wonder at the marvellously coloured and exacting images of biblical scenes and saints that adorned the ceilings of St. Joseph Church.

Priest ministers to street artists who are transforming neighbourhood

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – When Pope Francis urged that the Gospel be preached at the peripheries of society, he may not have had the street artists of Bushwick in mind.

Refugees are a vision in bronze for sculptor Timothy Schmalz

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Christian artist Timothy Schmalz is putting a face to the label “refugee” with a new bronze sculpture.

Nuns of pop band Siervas says ministry spans service and music

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LIMA, Peru – When people wave at members of the pop band Siervas as they drive through the city, the nuns in the musical group know they've arrived on the world stage.

Quebec sculptor, who created a new vision for the cross, dies at age 77

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Quebec sculptor Jacques Bourgault, whose contemporary, carved wooden statues of a triumphant, risen Christ on the cross hang in churches throughout North America, has died at the age of 77.

B.C. artist depicts St. Paul as a First Nations icon

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VANCOUVER – A Vancouver church has acknowledged the rich First Nations heritage of its parishioners by installing an icon of St. Paul the Apostle wearing a woven cedar hat and holding a talking stick and cedar bough.

Vatican gallery reopens after seven-year restoration

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VATICAN CITY – One of the jewels in the Vatican Museums will reopen to the public after a $2.4 million makeover to make it earthquake resistant.

Producer out to fill video void for Catholic kids

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Jason Taylor logged on to Facebook one June afternoon and found a post that triggered an idea he long carried in his mind.