Arts News

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.

Faith inspired gold medallist well beyond the track

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Most people would know the story of Eric Liddell from the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, where his character was featured along with his Olympic “rival” Harold Abrahams. No less compelling than the Oscar-winning movie — though taking less creative licence — For the Glory portrays a more comprehensive and historically accurate Liddell by exploring the role his faith played throughout his life.

Bible Gateway now lets users search the Bible using emoji

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Ever wonder what the Bible has to say about praise hands and tears of joy? Now you can search the Bible using emoji on Bible Gateway.

Alfonse Borysewicz’s lonely struggle gives Catholic art a modern face

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Whenever Alfonse Borysewicz addresses a fresh canvas, a daunting set of issues stares back at him.

Caravaggio calls to Francis across the centuries

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If Pope Francis wanted a single image to illustrate the special Year of Mercy that is the current focus of his ministry and, indeed, at the heart of his pontificate, he could do no better than choosing an underappreciated masterpiece by the Italian artist Caravaggio.

Life of Jesus recalled through the power of classical music

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TORONTO – The life of Jesus Christ has for centuries been a compelling story for artists and musicians.