The Passion of the Christ to make TV debut on Palm Sunday April 13

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The following is taken from the press release I just received from the UP Network.Please note that the issues of negative Jewish representation in the film remain. Click here to read my article "A Decade Later 'The Passion Still Raises Questions of Anti-Semitism" .Meanwhile if you decide to tune in, remember the intense and graphic violence in the film. It is not recommended for young children. The film is rated "R" for this reason.  UP TV PRESENTS THE PASSION OF THE … [Read more...]

My interview with director Nancy Tong on the INNetwork

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Click here for The INNdustry with Sr Rose on the INNetwork … [Read more...]

T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and culture in a social media world

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 Because so many folks wanted a copy of my presentation from "Roots+Wings National Religious Education Conference" in Durban this weekend, I posted it on SlideShare.net. I hope the links work! If not you can google the videos with the title that is on the slide.It was a wonderful conference. About 330 Catholic school principals teachers and Religious Education teachers attended. Religious Education is not catechesis in South Africa which happens in the parish, but a study, from … [Read more...]

Mother Dolores Hart, former Hollywood starlet, stopping here on book signing tour

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 The Daughters of St. Paul in Culver City and Catholics in Media are sponsoring a book signing event with Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at their bookstore, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, 90230.The event is open to the public, 1:00PM-4:00PM.Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life in her … [Read more...]

“Midnight’s Children” and the search for identity

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Indian/Canadian director Deepa Mehta's cinematic interpretation of Salmon Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel "Midnight's Children" is a vibrant epic that spans about 30 years and has a cast of thousands.It tells the story of two baby boys who were born precisely at midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, when India gained independence from Great Britain. The nurse, Mary Pereira (Seema Biswas), a Catholic, switched the boys soon after birth, meaning that the child of the poor father would grow up … [Read more...]

“Francis and the Sultan” documentary released with great timing

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 When it was announced March 13 that the church had a new pope who had taken the name Francis, the first thing that popped into my head was, "St. Francis was the first one to reach out to Islam." This fact had just recently had been reinforced when I screened a new documentary from Franciscan Media, "In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: a Model for Peacemaking."Talk about great timing for the release of this two-part DVD written and produced by Franciscan Sr. Kathleen A. … [Read more...]

Les Miserables: a conversation about what the movie means

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   Here's is a conversation that I had with radio host Sharon DiCicca of Toronto's Radio Maria. Sharon is a wonderful host and producer and I think you will enjoy this show.  HMWN Radio Maria is a Canadian Catholic Radio Station based in Toronto.This is a link to the HMWN Radio Maria Audio Archives:Click here for the audio file: In conversation about the 2012 film"Les Miserables". -- Sharon DiCecco says:  -- -- To love another person is to see the face of … [Read more...]

Three-part PBS documentary shines spotlight on key abolitionists

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 "The Abolitionists" American Experience, PBS 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central, Jan. 8, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22Tonight, a three-part documentary premieres on PBS that tells the story of the abolitionists and the movement they created in the United States to end slavery. The series comes at the right moment by providing the historical context, biographies and background to the passage of the 13th Amendment as shown in the Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln," now in theaters. Yet Abraham Lincoln's … [Read more...]

Do we need the zombie apocalypse?

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 Thanks to my sister who sent me this I discovered that Marc, over at Bad Catholic, has written an authentic and insightful piece on the zombie apocalypse.  It's too good not to share. This is the conclusion but be sure to click through to read the entire post "concerning the zombie apocalypse." Marc obviously spends more times with the walking dead than I do so read on, on this day when the world did not end. Again.The fact of the Zombie Apocalypse has the … [Read more...]

‘The Rise of the Guardians’ an inspiring fantasy mash-up

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Although it took me some time to figure out what was going on and what Dreamworks' handsome, over-long film was trying to say, it became apparent about halfway through that I could easily make connections between the imaginative narrative and Christian beliefs. Seeing "Guardians" bears out the saying "You get out of a film what you bring to it" because you make meaning according to your own lens.The story opens with Jack Frost (the voice of Chris Pine) telling us how he came to be the spirit … [Read more...]


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