Arts

Opera Atelier’s first film production evolves past a tragedy and a pandemic

There are no ugly angels. In the entire 10,000-year history of art, from the caves of Lescaux through the Mystical Nativity of Sandro Botticelli to Ms. Fleming’s Grade 3 art class, every single depiction of angels is a depiction of beauty. Opera Atelier co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski knows why.

Medieval prayer comes alive at AGO exhibit

A small show full of small items on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto opens up a vast world of medieval mystical experience.

Schmalz builds as others tear down

As the statues fall across the nation, there is little positive sculptor Timothy Schmalz can glean from the anger and destruction.

Disney’s Hunchback ages well

The Hunchback of Notre Dame at 25: ‘The Most R-Rated G You Will Ever See.’ ”

The caring reality: How your parish can serve people with dementia

In the new Novalis book Here With Us: A Parish Guide to Serving People with Dementia, The Catholic Register’s Michael Swan outlines a massive pastoral challenge. There will be well over one million Canadians living with some form of dementia by 2036. They certainly will not be absent from parishes. Are we ready?

Rock legend seeks the transcendent

Legendary Canadian musician Myles Goodwyn has spent 2021 purely in his element: he’s pouring his energy into writing and recording the songs that will make up his next album, Long Pants, which is expected to be released in July or August.

Film explores Benedict’s papacy

VATICAN CITY -- A documentary released on Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday states that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, tried to dissuade him from abdicating the papacy.

Pandemic halts theatric run, so Opera Atelier turns production into film

Resurrecting The Resurrection has not been easy. Over 80 singers, dancers, musicians, set designers and more have been through quarantine, donned masks, practised at a distance to remount an Opera Atelier production that was stopped dead in its tracks just before Easter 2020.

Book shines spotlight on poverty

The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition is once again battling poverty in Ontario, this time with facts laid out in black and white and printed in a book.

  • By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Even in a pandemic, there is room for Christ

Fr. Harrison Ayre knows COVID lockdowns can wear you down. He’s felt it more in the last few months.

Picker priest explains bluegrass appeal

ROME -- Rome’s baroque churches, street-side shrines to the Virgin Mary and regular cycle of papal liturgies conjure fitting sentiments for a priest living and teaching theology in the Eternal City.

Knights of Columbus founder a witness for the world

The story of Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, is being retold to ensure that Catholics everywhere know of the immigrant son who heralded the birth of a modern Catholic Church before a deadly pandemic took him in 1890 — two days after his 38th birthday.

Graham Greene: a saint who would be sinner

On fortuitous occasions, the right biographer finds the right subject at just the right time.