The ‘Homer Simpsonization’ of men in the media today is a very troubling trend

Two recent films, Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg and Sully starring Tom Hanks, represent something of a breath of fresh air. Both movies feature men who are intelligent, virtuous and quietly heroic. If this strikes you as a banal observation, that just means you haven’t been following much of the popular culture for the past 20 years.

Medieval crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica 'resurrected' from obscurity

VATICAN CITY – His toes curl in pain, his veins bulge from exertion, his bony chest heaves in the last throes of death.

Movie Review: Inferno

NEW YORK – While not exactly hellish, "Inferno" (Columbia), director Ron Howard's screen version of Dan Brown's 2013 novel, does produce some of the purgatorial tedium of sitting around in a dentist's waiting room or standing at a bus stop.

In truth, we 'More Than Survive'

In his new book More Than Survive, author Fr. Frank Freitas proposes that God wants us to thrive in an increasingly hectic world. What follows is an excerpt from More Than Survive, published this month by Catholic Register Books.

Henri Nouwen’s intimate letters shed light on his ‘theology of the heart’

As one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent Christian spiritual voices, the Catholic priest and missionary Henri Nouwen touched millions of people worldwide with his moving lectures and 39 published books.

A new Quran attempts to bridge divide between Christians and Muslims

By the authors’ count, the Quran has been translated into English 212 times since the 17th century — but never like this.

'Ben-Hur,' 'Story of God' among Catholics in Media Award winners

LOS ANGELES – The remake of "Ben-Hur," the cable-TV drama "Ray Donovan" and the documentary series "The Story of God" were named winners of the 2016 Catholics in Media Awards, presented annually by Catholics in Media Associates.

City of peace, division, or both? Met exhibit celebrates Jerusalem as house of mirrors

Four years ago, the co-curators of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s mind-bending new show, “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,” visited Theophilos III, that city’s Orthodox patriarch, and solicited his community’s cooperation.

Book Review: Author pounds another crack in the foundation

This short book is boiled down from an interesting and at times incendiary interview of Cardinal Raymond Burke by French author Guillaume d’Alançon. Interesting in that it offers insight into the thoughts of a distinguished and highly influential Churchman. Incendiary in that it often seems d’Alançon is seeking to juxtapose the thought of Burke with that of Pope Francis in a way that may (and possibly seeks to) inflame divisions within the Church.

3 new September shows with religion subplots

Here’s your guide to three hot September shows that plumb religion and spirituality:

Modern-day hero cop, Catholic to boot

Move over Hercule Poirot and Adam Dalglish. John Delano has supplanted both as the most endearing sleuth of modern fiction.