Arts News

TORONTO - A smoky stage and the distinct scent of incense set the scene for the Vatican in 1978. It’s a place where “everything is confidential and nothing is secret,” according to the sharp-witted play The Last Confession.

Taking you back to 33 days in 1978

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Thirty-three days into his papacy, Pope John Paul I was found dead. His sudden death in 1978 plunged Catholics and other Christians into what British actor David Suchet calls “absolute despair” and set the stage, literally, for the theatrical production of The Last Confession.

Polish culture, Catholic faith go hand-in-hand

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TORONTO - When Poles want to introduce the world to Polish culture, it begins and ends with their Catholic heritage.

Church treasures saved from sale

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TORONTO When churches have a stained glass emergency — imagine a rock thrown through hundred-year- old glass — they call Mansu Han, artist, craftsman and stained glass superhero.

Audio Bible enlists Hollywood A-listers

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A Bible for the new age is taking Scripture back to its spoken roots.

Salt+Light spreads its wings

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Canada’s Catholic broadcaster has opened its first French-language bureau.

Still heroic superheroes

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Superheroes have gotten too super. In their original form, comic book characters like Superman, the Flash and Spiderman were drawn in a way that emphasized their humanity as much as their prodigious abilities.

Canadian artist’s homeless Jesus finds shelter at the Vatican

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Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz’s life-sized bronze sculpture depicting Jesus as a homeless man lying on a park bench has found a home at the Vatican.

Christian art opens doors to our heritage

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The first thing the Bible tells us about being human is that humans are an image. “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.’ ” We are a picture of God made by God.

Bringing the Church to life

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TORONTO - Salt + Light, Canada’s Catholic broadcaster, is launching The Church Alive, “a series for the New Evangelization on the New Evangelization,” says co-host Sebastian Gomes.

This Sinner is working on being a Saint

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TORONTO - Lino Rulli wants to be the patron saint of kissing — after all, he says he’s so good at it. He’s also good at being The Catholic Guy, the radio host known to champion the faith with wit and humour on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Catholic channel.