Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

NEW YORK – Iconic and eccentric buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) hoists the black flag for a fifth time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Disney). The result is a flashy but ultimately unsatisfying journey for the theme park ride-based franchise that first set sail in 2003.

Man builds replica of St. Peter's Square with 36,000 toothpicks

VATICAN CITY – The Eiffel Tower, the Roman Coliseum, the Statue of Liberty, the Taj Mahal; are just some of the universal monuments that a Colombian teacher makes to scale out of little wooden sticks (toothpicks).

Bono thinks Christian musicians need to have 'brutal honesty' in their songs

WASHINGTON – If you’re an ardent fan of U2, you may know that lead vocalist Bono loves the Psalms. The 57-year-old Irish musician has spoken out several times about the inspiration that he draws from reading the Biblical hymns.

Review of 'Alien: Covenant'

NEW YORK – Once you've seen one vicious extraterrestrial gnaw its way out of a human body from the inside, you've seen 'em all. Or so at least the jaded – or squeamish – moviegoer might be tempted to think.

Baltimore archdiocese discusses murdered nun case ahead of Netflix series

BALTIMORE, Md. – No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.

Artist puts art to work to fund parish renovation

Ernesto Castro believes in putting his art where his faith is.

Priest in 'Jackie' finds delicate pastoral balance

Somehow I managed to miss the film Jackie during the Christmas season, but I watched it, twice, on recent long flights to and from the East coast. Like many others, I was struck by its moody, more “European” style, the high quality of the acting, especially on the part of Natalie Portman, and its historical verisimilitude. But what particularly impressed (and surprised) me were the scenes between Mrs. Kennedy and a sympathetic priest.

Review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

NEW YORK – Early on in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" (Warner Bros.), the audience is treated to the sight of magically generated giant elephants swinging boulder-size wrecking balls at the ramparts of Camelot. It's an apt visual considering how ponderous this action fantasy turns out to be.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

NEW YORK – Sound fundamental values underlie the spirited sci-fi follow-up "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Disney). But thematic elements demanding discernment, together with some less than family-friendly dialogue, make this return to the stars best for grown-ups.

‘Rapping priest’ Fr. Stan Fortuna featured in Hamilton area

Fr. Stan Fortuna, better known as “the rapping priest,” is being featured in several events in the Hamilton, Ont., area May 5-6.

Martyrs' Shrine poised for transformation

Mystics, missionaries and martyrs helped found the Church in Canada. Their lives of faith, their dreams, their failures and successes set the template for who we are meant to be. Which is why a summer pilgrimage to the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ont., can be more than a pleasant Sunday outing.