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

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  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...]

“The Way” with Martin Sheen Week 3 Lenten Film Series

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You can access the entire series directly at Lenten Film Series 2014. I hope you are enjoying the series! Be sure to check out the questions for reflection and conversation. Have you ever walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? If so, share some of your reflections here! Meanwhile "Buen Camino" for your Lenten journey wherever you are.     … [Read more...]

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...]

Champions of Faith: Mike Sweeney Newest episode of the Lenten Film Series

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    Here is Episode 2 of our Lenten Film Series; I hope you are finding the series as inspirational as the stories and the interviews with filmmakers are. You can go right to the INNetwork website or click on the episode (and questions for reflection and conversation) about major league baseball's Mike Sweeney and the interview with filmmaker Tom Allen.     … [Read more...]

A Rising Tide of Silence – a gentle doc on Thomas Keating

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  "Thomas Keating: a Rising Tide of Silence" gently documents the life of Fr. Thomas Keating, integrating his personal history and spiritual journey in a compelling blend of interviews with him and his Cistercian brothers, footage of Keating’s talks at interreligious gatherings, interaction with people who come on retreat, and in one case, his visits to Jens Soering, a prisoner serving life for double murder.  Over time, Keating’s “centering prayer” method … [Read more...]

“The Redemption of the Prosecutor” first in Lenten Film Series

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  Today is Ash Wednesday and our Lenten Film Series from the INNetwork begins! I will post these every week. You can also visit the INNetwork (Ignatian News Network) each week as well. If you go to The INNetwork on your mobile device you can downtown the app and receive notifications each time a new Lenten film goes up. Bring your journal or a notebook to reflect on the questions that emerged from the Scriptures and the film/interview.   This series if good for high … [Read more...]

On the road to the Oscars: my reviews and predictions – kind of

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  If you'd like to check out what I think about the ten Oscar nominated films (and thoughts on some others) visit my blog on the INNetwork: The INNdustry with Sister Rose. The questions I always ask myself about a movie is whether or not I'd see it again. I am always looking for signs of humanity, too, at least tinged with empathy or the possibility for it. For a taste here's my take on The Wolf of Wall Street. There's something missing ...     … [Read more...]

A decade later “The Passion of the Christ” still raises questions of anti-semitism

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  Feb. 25 will mark the 10th anniversary of the release of Mel Gibson's hugely successful and controversial "The Passion of the Christ." Right after Christmas, I had the opportunity to sit down with two friends, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, director of interfaith affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and Yvonne Gomez, a Christian research consultant, to watch "The Passion of the Christ." Back in 2004, I reviewed "The Passion of the Christ" as a horror film, and this … [Read more...]


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