Arts

Baltimore museum showcases medieval missal used by St. Francis of Assisi

BALTIMORE -- More than eight centuries ago, St. Francis of Assisi and two companions randomly opened a prayer book three times inside their parish church of St. Nicolo in Italy.

    Sport and faith: It’s more than a game

    When it comes to books about sports, there’s plenty of “fun reads” out there, but Matt Hoven saw there was something missing for those who take the study of sport seriously.

      Faith, humour go to work on tumour

      WASHINGTON -- Jeannie Gaffigan didn’t initially set out to write a book about having her brain tumour removed.

        Homeschooling mom fills in gap on martyrs

        VANCOUVER -- Vancouver mom Bonnie Way has long been inspired by the Canadian martyrs, eight Jesuit missionaries who in the 1600s gave their lives to preach the Gospel to North America’s Indigenous peoples.

          Author’s pillars could use extra support

          With gratitude, generosity and mindfulness as his three foundational pillars, Fr. Darrin Gurr wants to examine a spirituality of stewardship. The result is a helpful guide to those who want to find meaning in acts of generosity, but the book lacks originality and some of its themes remain undeveloped. 

            'Two Popes' in search of truth

            Anthony McCarten wants the truth and nothing but the truth. To get at the truth, he has made up a fictional dialogue between the Church’s two living popes.

              Author aims to build a Christmas tradition

              EDMONTON -- Sometimes the best gifts are not bought at a shopping mall, wrapped in paper and tied with ribbon.

                Hallelujah! Handel's Messiah still has special quality for choristers decades later

                When Susan Worthington gets home from “Messiah” rehearsals with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir she’s hungry and tired, but her brain is still full of music.

                  Seeking Jesus in people of the night

                  Award-winning columnist Deacon Robert Kinghorn has assembled a collection of his Catholic Register columns into a new book, The Church on the Street. In this excerpt, he explains his calling to minister to the forsaken on the streets of Toronto.

                    Book fails to cast new light on Nouwen

                    It’s not entirely clear that Michael Higgins and Kevin Burns are all that interested in Henri Nouwen as a writer or a priest.  They’ve got bigger fish to fry — namely the Roman Catholic priesthood itself.

                      Rubens: The art of persuasion

                      Flowing from the brush of Sir Peter Paul Rubens, the art of persuasion is monumental, overwhelming, seductive and never quite as straightforward as it might at first appear.

                        Carnegie Hall artists help moms in need compose lullabies

                        NEW YORK -- Lullabies have been sung by parents to their children for time immemorial.

                          McLuhan and Trudeau: Penpals in new age

                          We live in the age of identity politics, where political and cultural battle lines are drawn around who and what we are. But this is not so new. Forty years ago, Canada’s most powerful politician and its most famous academic were thinking together about media, message, image and identity.