What is Cinema Divina?

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Cinema Divina: Spiritual Development through Contemporary FilmOne of the most spiritually powerful essays I have ever read is “To Fall in Love with the World: Individualism and Self-Transcendence in American Life” by John M. Staudenmeier, S.J. (Institute of Jesuit Studies, May 1994). The author asks: “How can we respond to the call of faith and live committed to something other than our individual selves without an impossibly violent rejection of our culture?” In his cultural analysis Staude … [Read more...]

Catholic Comedy Night (The Laugh Factory in LA) July 11, 2012

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Along the Way & The Golden Voice book reviews – on time for Fathers Day

By Sr. Rose PacatteA Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation By Ted Williams (with Brett Witter) Penguin, New York $26 hard coverAlong the Way: The Journey of a Father and a Son By Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (with Hope Edelman) Free Press, New York $27 hard coverTwo books were released in May about what it means to be a man: a father, a son and a grandfather, too. Both are apologias more than memoirs and both have a strong faith … [Read more...]

We Have a Pope – REEL TALK with Stephen Farber special screening and panel April 2 Landmark, Westwood (Los Angeles)

Monday, April 2 at 7pm: WE HAVE A POPE. This wry comic drama from Italian director Nanni Moretti takes us inside the Vatican as the College of Cardinals struggle to elect a new Pope. Unfortunately, the man selected for the post—played by veteran French actor Michel Piccoli—is not at all certain that he wants the job. Guest speakers: Aine O'Healy, professor of Italian and director of the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University; Maria Elena de las Carreras, professor of film at UCLA, Cal … [Read more...]

Hope&Joy Communication and Culture program begins!

Hi everyone!I am so happy to be here in South Africa again, to be part of a two-year program to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. I will only be here for a month, however!Please visit my blog at the National Catholic Reporter for updates.  … [Read more...]

Countdown to Zero: Angel passes

When Lucy Walker’s documentary about the current global nuclear threat opens this weekend in Washington, DC and New York (and begins a national rollout next weekend),  interested citizens will have the opportunity to obtain free passes, courtesy of “angels” who are sponsoring tickets.Participant Media produced  Countdown to Zero and previously produced the Academy Award winning films An Inconvenient Truth and The Cove.  Participant Media’s goal is to provide “entertainment that inspires and com … [Read more...]

CIMA Awards: Board of Directors Award – Sr. Rose’s remarks

I am so very grateful for this award. I was at the movies when Jane Abbott, the president of CIMA called me, twice, and I let it go to message because, well, I was at the movies, and when one is at the movies, one should be there. I called her back from Barnes and Noble’s after. Jane told me about the Board of Directors Award and I was very moved to be considered – and momentarily rendered speechless.  You really managed to surprise me.Before I thank several people who brought me to this day, I … [Read more...]

Catholics in Media Awards February 28: The Hurt Locker; GLEE; Sr. Rose Pacatte

Catholics in Media will honor THE HURT LOCKER and GLEE on February 28. It seems funny to add my own name on my blog, but I  am humbled and grateful to be receiving the Board of Directors Award.Check here for the news release and ticket information: Catholics in Media Awards set for February 28 … [Read more...]

Lucky me! My journey home from Thailand (SIGNIS meeting)

I arrived home from the SIGNIS World Congress last Saturday night and am just getting to the end of jetlag - I hope!It was a great meeting and a wonderful trip home. My reflection on the journey is on my NCReporter Blog: Lucky Me! … [Read more...]


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