Arts News

Wine from Raisins, A Life Transformed through Communist Gulag to Canadian Arctic by Josef Svoboda (Novalis, softcover, 240 pages, $27.95)

'It's the Lord, working through the music,' Catholic fiddler Natalie MacMaster says

Whether or not St. Thomas Aquinas really said “he who sings prays twice,” it’s true.

For the sake of Oberammergau's Passion: Every ten years, Bavarian town becomes Calvary


There are probably thousands of Passion plays put on around the world during the Easter season, but you would be hard pressed to find a more unique version than the one held in a small town in Germany’s Bavarian Alps.

Playwright presents the Catholic Church, world in human terms

How much truth does it take to really set us free? A young journalist, a Latin American cardinal and the ghosts of his past set out to answer this difficult question about sin and redemption on the eve of a conclave that could well see the cardinal elected pope in the new play Omission.

Producer Pete Shilaimon captures his faith in films


If faith is meant for all people, then it is also meant for the box office.

Priest follows the trail of three wise men

When the story of Jesus’ birth is told in the same breath as the story of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, it’s easy for the greatest story ever told to lose its weight as historical truth.

Sermon on the screen: Priest plays himself in 'Lady Bird'

WASHINGTON – Part of a voice-over in the trailer for "Lady Bird" – playing over scenes from the movie and in between dialogue – comes from a homily delivered to Catholic high school students attending a school Mass in the beginning of the movie.

Nativity story takes a look at the wild side

The story of Christmas has long been a classic. 

Seeing the nativity story from the animals’ point of view … well, that’s another story altogether, though the director of animated film The Star has hopes for it becoming a classic, too. 

Poetry book a bittersweet dream come true

It was always Rani Rivera’s dream to become a published poet, much like her mother Patria. What she didn’t know was that her dream would come true after her own death.

Granddaughter sheds fresh light on Dorothy Day

Opening up the family vault for public scrutiny is never easy, even when your grandmother is considered a saint by many people.