Catholic education: ‘Use it or lose it’

Ontario Catholics should never assume publicly-funded Catholic schools will continue to form generation after generation of youth, according to the author of a concise history of the province’s Catholic schools.

Door is opened on life-changing art

VANCOUVER -- Anyone walking the grungy streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can’t help but notice the striking work of local graffiti artist Larissa Healey.

Camera finally points at civility

I paused the PVR and looked at my husband: “Did you notice what a big deal they were making about a first kiss?” 

An archbishop’s guide to being Catholic

If we’re going to be Catholic, it might be useful to know what we’re supposed to be part of and how to be part of it. 

Swiss Guard cook up a rare book recipe

The Vatican Cookbook: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican by the Pontifi￾cal Swiss Guard. (Sophia Institute Press, 204 pages, $41.45 on Amazon.ca)

During an era in which coffee￾table books collect dust while handheld social media consumes idle time, there seems little need for another large hardback to join the lot on bookstore discount shelves. But The Vatican Cookbook stands out as an extraordinary and remark￾able collection holding within its pages 500 years of recipes, histor y and photographs.

Art can inspire people to build sustainable future, says Vatican official

VATICAN – In a world of different religions, cultures and languages, art has the capacity to bring people together and inspire them to take action in addressing critical challenges, said a Vatican official.

America’s first saint a compelling story

Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O’Donnell (Cornell University Press, 552 pages, hardcover, $37.44 on Amazon.ca)

Sister Wendy’s eye for art created a TV star

WASHINGTON – Sr. Wendy Beckett has been widely described as both an unlikely art critic and television star, but that may have been what made her all the more likeable.

In secular Quebec, Christmas Carols remain beloved, sacred music expert says

QUEBEC CITY – In the province of Quebec, one of the most secular societies in the world, debates around Christmas carols are not so much about faith and religion as they are about culture. A choir and sacred music specialist believes these carols remain beloved because people especially preserve the emotion associated with them.

Book review: In Broad Daylight uncovers a dark past

In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets by Fr. Patrick Desbois (Arcade Publishing, hardcover, 312 pages, $35)