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WINNIPEG - Carmela Finkel remembers feeling terrified.

Martin Scorsese to direct movie about Jesuit mission to 17th-century Japan

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Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as Son of God and God’s Not Dead, at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning — or returning — to religion.

McLuhan award goes to Jesuit communicator

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TORONTO - Media guru Fr. John Pungente, S.J., has been fighting media illiteracy for half-a-century, and for his work the Marshall McLuhan Initiative has awarded Pungente and the Jesuit Communication Project the fourth annual Medium and Light Award for significantly contributing to religious communication.

Artist Hall’s latest work blessed at Saskatoon cathedral

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SASKATOON - Toronto artist Sarah Hall was in Saskatoon as her latest work, housed in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, was blessed by Bishop Donald Bolen. 

Talking Green Spirit

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When Canada’s Catholic bishops last year spoke out yet again on the environment they were hoping they wouldn’t have the last word on the subject. Now a Catholic video production company along with several parishes and religious orders are hoping to get Catholic students and parishioners talking with the launch of Green Spirit TV.

French Mass survives CBC cuts

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CBC budget cuts in April that will cost more than 600 employees their jobs left the weekly Mass in French relatively unscathed.

Intrigue among the incense

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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.