New book chronicles Canadian artists’ lives of faith and search for meaning

If you think of artists as strange, unbalanced, complicated personalities whose natural habitat is somewhere on the margins, Herman Goodden is not about to change your opinion. But if you think books about art and artists are dull, academic, jargon-laden wastes of time, paper and ink, Goodden wants you to think again.

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican

VATICAN CITY – On Wednesday Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for a private meeting in the Vatican, following an official Rome preview of Scorsese’s new film Silence.

Iconography classes draw non-Orthodox in search of spiritual images

WASHINGTON – Anna Schalk finds herself weeping each time she enters an Orthodox church and gazes at the flat, colorful icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

Movie Review: Allied

NEW YORK – Like time travellers from the Golden Age of Hollywood studio films, the characters played by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in "Allied" (Paramount) don't allow a little event like World War II to muss their elegant coifs.

'Doctor Strange' offers a taste of spiritual medicine

Scott Derickson’s new film, Doctor Strange, has received rave reviews for its special-effects, its compelling story-telling, and the quality of its actors, but I would like to focus on the spirituality implicit in it. Doctor Strange is far from a satisfying presentation of the spiritual order, but it represents a significant step in the right direction, which proves especially helpful for our time.

One-woman shows bring Scripture to life

When Elisa Lollino performs, it’s not just a play. It’s also a form of prayer.

'Portraits of Faith' puts spotlight on young Catholic Canadians

Single, engaged, married and ordained Catholics share stories of their faith life in a new book by Faith Connections and the Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto.

Faith takes center stage in Mel Gibson's new film

NEW YORK – Ever since the success of 2004's The Passion of the Christ, viewers of faith have waited anxiously for a follow-up from the film's director, Mel Gibson.

On the front lines with the Padre

Rev. Major Mike Dalton is Canada’s most decorated Roman Catholic chaplain, but that only tells us he did his job very well. A greater part of his story is what is revealed in his diaries written from the World War II battlefields of Europe, of the humanity and spirituality that could be found even in the most grim of settings.

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

NEW YORK – In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."

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.