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When Pablo Picasso said “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” it wasn’t a casual remark. Picasso thought a lot about his own soul, the soul of the Spanish nation, the soul of 20th-century modern art, and he thought about it in very Catholic terms.

Opera Atelier’s first film production evolves past a tragedy and a pandemic

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

There are no ugly angels. In the entire 10,000-year history of art, from the caves of Lescaux through the Mystical Nativity of Sandro Botticelli to Ms. Fleming’s Grade 3 art class, every single depiction of angels is a depiction of beauty. Opera Atelier co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski knows why.

Medieval prayer comes alive at AGO exhibit

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A small show full of small items on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto opens up a vast world of medieval mystical experience.

Schmalz builds as others tear down

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As the statues fall across the nation, there is little positive sculptor Timothy Schmalz can glean from the anger and destruction.

Knights of Columbus founder a witness for the world

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The story of Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, is being retold to ensure that Catholics everywhere know of the immigrant son who heralded the birth of a modern Catholic Church before a deadly pandemic took him in 1890 — two days after his 38th birthday.

Anishinaabe actor hits Sundance screen

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Martha Wilson first noticed the performing gene in her son Phoenix when he was just two years old.

Restorer breathes life back into statues

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QUEBEC CITY -- A self-taught hobby to save and restore religious statues has led Lyn Robichaud to reflect on French Canadians’ relationship with these objects of piety that often end up in the garbage.

New casting of Schmalz immigration artwork unveiled

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WASHINGTON -- A new casting of a 3.5-ton bronze sculpture commissioned by the Vatican has made a temporary stop in Washington before it eventually finds a permanent home there.

Murals help artist reconcile a difficult past

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Through a commission to paint murals at three Catholic schools, Indigenous artist Ryan Willert has been able to find his own healing and reconciliation with the Catholic community.

Podcast aims at Catholic authenticity

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Several years ago, Lance Rosen was striving to identify a Catholic podcast that would truly speak to him. 

Catholic poet, artist put spotlight on COVID

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Patria and Joe Rivera met the challenge of day-to-day life during a pandemic by pouring their energies into creative pursuits.