Pope Francis: no words needed

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  What were you doing when the white smoke began to rise from the Sistine Chapel last Wednesday?Left to right, Ellen Russell, SSJ, Joanne Connolly, SSL, Regina McLaughlan, SSJ, M. Thecla Paolini, FSP – photo by Rose Pacatte, FSPOn that morning of Wednesday March 13, I was in our book center here in Culver City chatting with Sister Joanne Connolly, SSL, who had come in to do some shopping.  At about 10:45am our Sister Marie James called from the convent upstairs a … [Read more...]

More Oscar picks and an interview on Faith and Film for the Odyssey Network

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2012 was an excellent year for cinema. However, three films about aging that I liked were not even nominated, such as Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet," Jake Schreier's "Robot & Frank" or John Madden's "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Instead, Michael Haneke's accomplished and artistic yet bleak French-language film "Amour," about an aging couple in Paris, received four nominations. Please note that Dame Maggie Smith appears in both "Quartet" and "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," which makes home viewing … [Read more...]

“Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine” theatrical screening 12/10/12 in Los Angeles

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You are welcome to come in to purchase tickets or to call 310-397-8676. Tickets must be pre-purchased. All sales are final. No tickets will be sold at the door.This is a benefit screening of the film; proceeds will go to the Building Fund of the Daughters of St. Paul here in Culver City, CA (for repairs, new roofs, remodeling, new  carpet, tuckpointing of chapel exterior wall  if the budget can manage it).Bless you!Although there is nothing objectionable in the film it may be over t … [Read more...]

“The Way” Special screening and panel UCLA May 31, 2012

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Retreat for Women January 28 & March 3, 2012

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Tree of Life screening in 35mm + panel Jan. 14, 2012, UCLA

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Stay Awake! Advent readings inspire Occupy LA arrest

Last Sunday night at the launch for Jeff Dietrich's book "Broken and Shared" he ended the readings with an Advent reflection he had just written a few days before. It is very moving and gives a whole different view of the "occupy" movement.COMMENTARYThey came just before dawn; they came with fire trucks and ambulances and sirens blaring; they came in helicopters with rotary blades flapping; they came marching in lock step with helmets and visors and steel batons at "port arms." They came and … [Read more...]

Cardinal John P. Foley, first President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, dies at 76

Here is the article in the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/us/cardinal-john-p-foley-american-voice-of-the-vatican-dies-at-76.html?_r=1Cardinal Foley had a wonderful sense of humor that served him well as a member of the Vatican curia for so many years. He was a terrific representative of the church in the US and an ambassador for authentic communication and communicators wherever he found them.A dinner with Cardinal Foley was always a joy.I asked him one time about the … [Read more...]

The Way with Martin Sheen – don’t miss it!

The panel for the special screening of THE WAY last Saturday night in Los Angeles; photo by Frederic CharpentierOn Nov. 5, Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Mt. St. Mary's College Chalon Campus, hosted a screening and panel discussion of Emilio Estevez's new film "The Way."  The main attraction, besides the film, was the participation of the film's star, Martin Sheen, his eldest son writer/director, Emilio Estevez, and producer David A … [Read more...]


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