‘Call the Midwife’ is a celebration of life

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  During the 1950s, the Anglican sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus ran a midwifery service and clinic out of their convent in the Poplar section of London's East End. Working alongside them were young women who were trained nurses and qualified midwives. "Call the Midwife," a BBC dramatic series, is based on the stirring and candid memoirs of nurse Jennifer Lee Worth (1935-2011). When the first episodes of "Call the Midwife" aired in the United Kingdom, it was the only … [Read more...]

“Faith-based vs. faith-filled in Hollywood: Is there a difference?” Guest post by Fr. Eddie Siebert, SJ

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This is a "guest post" x two actually because it is my friend and Catholic media colleague Jesuit Father Eddie Siebert's weekly column for the National Catholic Reporter online and I want to share it here.The article explores faith-based programming and people of faith working in TV and film. Eddie features an interview I had with writer/musician/producer and show creator of such favorites as "Judging Amy," "Joan of Arcadia." and now "Madam Secretary".Enjoy!______"Faith-based vs. … [Read more...]

What? No more princesses at Pixar/Disney?

Finally, a female Pixar hero who's not a princess. (c) Disney/Pixar

The news that Pixar and Disney are creating a story with an average (white) girl really captured my attention. "Inside Out" is to be a story about an 11-year old girl named Riley who is becoming an adolescent. The film will deal with five key emotions, especially Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) that work to keep Riley in balance. The "emotions" (according to a studio presentation) are not made out of "flesh and blood" but "energy".Please give this article a read.it's a wonderful idea but what … [Read more...]

Four films worth seeing: Belle, Chef, Million Dollar Arm, Fed Up

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"Belle" -- This film is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British sea captain (Matthew Goode) in the 18th century. Belle grows up with a cousin in the mansion of her uncle, Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson), the chief justice of England, and his wife (Emily Watson). It is a story about the power of cultural mores and the law when England was beginning to challenge the legitimacy of the slave trade. Belle influences her uncle … [Read more...]

My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

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  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

“Joan of Arcadia” Lenten Film Series #6

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In today’s episode of The Lenten Film Series, Joan of Arcadia sits down with God in the form of a master chess player to play an unforgettable game of chess--rules and all. Don't miss this eye-opening scene! It's blended with my interview with series creator Barbara Hall who has just completed filming the pilot for her new television show "Madam Secretary". Click here for the link to the questions for reflection and conversation about this week's "Joan of Arcadia."Click here for … [Read more...]

“Does porn hurt children?” NYTimes reporter asks

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 Last week I saw this article on New York Times website: Does porn hurt children? by David Segal, a business reporter for the NYTimes. The answer is yes but causal links cannot be established and probably never will be. He outlines the difficulty in researching the answer to this question because of the ethics involved, never mind the illegality of showing porn to kids for the sake of research. Then he has some recommendations that are consistent, though not as comprehensive, with … [Read more...]

“Desert Wedding” a bridezilla’s wedding day – Episode 4 Lenten Film Series

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 Watch what happens to this bride-to-be, Marissa, on her wedding day in the desert - it turns out to be a real desert experience. This is our fourth week!  Click here to see the entire Lenten Film Series … [Read more...]

25 year-old nun blows away the judges on “The Voice” Italy singing Alicia Keys’ “No One”

Suor Cristina's co-nuns like her performance, too

 You all know by now that I love "The Voice" and now an Ursuline Sister in Italy has blown away Italian judges on their version of "The Voice."Here's what The Daily Mail has to say about Sr Cristina getting all four judges to turn around.Brava, Sr Cristina!The Daily Mail:Dressed in full religious regalia Sister Cristina Scuccia, who hails from mafia hotspot Sicily, managed to get all four chairs to turn around during her blind audition.She was joined by three … [Read more...]

“Veiled Desires” reveals the inner realities of cinematic sisters (book review)

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 VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN POSTWAR ANGLO-AMERICAN FILM By Maureen A. Sabine Published by Fordham University Press, $30Sometimes there can be a sacramental quality about cinema. When movies tell stories well, they become outward manifestations that transcend the inner realities of their characters in ways that touch the audience. Maureen Sabine has written a masterful book that reveals the sacramentality of cinema about religious women. She is confident of her … [Read more...]


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