Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ music soars above his suffering

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

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

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

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

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

'The Shack' brings its Holy Trinity to the screen

William Paul Young initially made 15 copies of The Shack in 2005 as a Christmas present for his six children and for a handful of his close friends.

Documentary captures spirit of World Youth Day in Krakow

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is over, but the call to mercy lives on.

Review of 'The Seven Last Words of Christ: Reflections' by Fr. Rosica

What do the last phrases of Christ from the cross teach today’s world?

Canadian bishops' Lent guides should challenge us

No parish or individual Catholic should have to walk into Lent blind.

Steven Spielberg movie to examine notorious Catholic kidnapping of Jewish boy

BOLOGNA, Italy –  It was a heart-wrenching story that bitterly divided Catholics and Jews in Italy and provoked an international scandal more than 150 years ago.

Nuns of pop band Siervas says ministry spans service and music

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.