Arts News

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.

'Man Up!' play brings powerful message of mentoring hopeless young men

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OTTAWA – In very dramatic fashion, the Vancouver-based Boys Club Network has taken its case for mentoring programs to Parliament Hill.

Iconography classes draw non-Orthodox in search of spiritual images

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WASHINGTON – Anna Schalk finds herself weeping each time she enters an Orthodox church and gazes at the flat, colorful icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

One-woman shows bring Scripture to life

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When Elisa Lollino performs, it’s not just a play. It’s also a form of prayer.

The ‘Homer Simpsonization’ of men in the media today is a very troubling trend

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Two recent films, Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and Sully starring Tom Hanks, represent something of a breath of fresh air. Both movies feature men who are intelligent, virtuous and quietly heroic. If this strikes you as a banal observation, that just means you haven’t been following much of the popular culture for the past 20 years.

Medieval crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica 'resurrected' from obscurity

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VATICAN CITY – His toes curl in pain, his veins bulge from exertion, his bony chest heaves in the last throes of death.

City of peace, division, or both? Met exhibit celebrates Jerusalem as house of mirrors

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Four years ago, the co-curators of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s mind-bending new show, “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” visited Theophilos III, that city’s Orthodox patriarch, and solicited his community’s cooperation.

Shrine tour opens eyes to Church role in early Canadian history

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I realize it isn’t everybody’s ticket to dreamland. Indeed, I can think of many for whom it would constitute unmitigated boredom and misery. But if you’ve got some sort of semblance of faith or an interest in early Canadian history or an aesthetic love for religious architecture and art (or a galloping case of all three), then a pilgrimage to the Catholic shrines of Quebec can make for a wonderfully stimulating holiday.