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  • Young musicians serve as 'bridge of dialogue' in Jerusalem
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eleven young musicians from Jerusalem and the West Bank had the opportunity to show U.S. audiences that music can be a bridge across cultural divides during a brief tour of the Washington-Baltimore area.
  •  'Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Baseball fans won't want to miss the wonderfully revealing documentary "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived." Part of the venerable "American Masters'" franchise, the film premieres Monday, July 23, 9-10 p.m. EDT on PBS. (Times may vary; check local listings.)
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Excessive raunchiness undermines the appealing goofiness at the core of the uneven comedy "Trial & Error."
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Like the excursion around which it's built, the animated kids' comedy "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (Sony) makes for a pleasant diversion.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Way back in 1958, James Stewart's character struggled with vertigo in the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name. But he had it easy compared to Dwayne Johnson's ex-U.S. military security expert Will Sawyer in "Skyscraper" (Universal).
  • WASHINGTON (CNS) — When most people connect sports to Lewiston, Maine — if they ever do — they probably think of Muhammad Ali defending his World Boxing Council heavyweight title, knocking out Sonny Liston, the man from whom he took it, in the first round in 1965.
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," released in 1938, took 80 years to make it to your home for viewing on TV or online. "Chappaquiddick" made it instantaneously. The two productions are the latest to join the tens of thousands (millions?) available for your enjoyment.
  • These two excellent books are best read together, starting with McNamara's insightful page-turner history of the struggles and accomplishments of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, which also includes the achievements of her husband, Sarge Shriver.
  • Phyllis Tickle, who died in 2015, was relatively unknown to many Catholics but was an important figure in recent Christianity in the United States. She was the founding religion editor at Publisher's Weekly, but so much more.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) --The second season of the engaging and fascinating PBS history docuseries "10 That Changed America" premieres Tuesday, July 10, 8–9 p.m. EDT. The second and third episodes of the three-part series will air in that time slot Tuesdays July 17 and 24. But air times may vary in some PBS markets.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — A love of violence for its own sake, a profoundly dishonest attempt to disguise itself as a political allegory and reverse racism characterize "The First Purge" (Universal), a despicable bit of slaughter porn.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — NBA fans will likely appreciate the mostly harmless sports comedy "Uncle Drew" (Summit). Viewers without a passion for the game and its attendant culture may be less indulgent.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — There's plenty of humor and action in the fast-paced sci-fi adventure "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (Disney).
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Terrorism and the problem of human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border combine to create a crisis in the grim action sequel "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" (Columbia).
  • ‘Parallel biography' of Father Merton, Bob Dylan insightful
    Robert Hudson is a writer and editor, a recognized Bob Dylan scholar and a member of the International Thomas Merton Society, and here is his starting point: "Although (Father Thomas Merton and Bob Dylan) lived their lives a thousand miles apart, their souls were next-door neighbors."
  • Gotti
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Aficionados of stilted dialogue in low-budget crime sagas will likely find much to savor in "Gotti" (Vertical Entertainment).
  • Race 3
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Fasten your seat belt — and put on your dancing shoes — for "Race 3" (Yash Raj), a wild action thriller.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Apparently, it's time to check in again with everybody's favorite prehistoric era, because here comes "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (Universal).
  • Superfly
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Going only by its title, kids may mistake "Superfly" (Columbia) for the latest Marvel or DC Comics-based adventure involving a mutant. But the AARP set will recall director Gordon Park Jr.'s 1972 blaxploitation feature "Super Fly," perhaps best remembered today for Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack ("Freddy's Dead," etc.).
  • Incredibles 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The first family of superheroes returns in "Incredibles 2" (Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film.
  • 'American Jail,' July 1, CNN
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Personal, impassioned, but overly tendentious, the documentary "American Jail" premieres Sunday, July 1, 8-10 p.m. EDT on CNN.
  • Yo-Yo Ma holds concert for peace at Chicago Catholic Church
    CHICAGO (CNS) — When world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Concert for Peace to St. Sabina Church for the second time June 10, there was a special feature — five original works written with family members who lost loved ones to gun violence as a tribute to the people who died.
  • Three authors explore varied facets of aging, but one disappoints
    These three books are like the parable of the blind men and the elephant — each person touched a different part of the animal and so ended up describing it in ways the others found incomprehensible. Aging, of course, has as many facets as that elephant, so it is not surprising that authors with varied experiences would write about this time of life with different emphases.
  • Fred Rogers' ministry was on TV to kids, says documentarian
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fred Rogers was ordained for the Presbyterian Church, but instead of a clerical collar, he ministered wearing a red cardigan sweater.
  • Comic book take on the national pastime a well-pitched delight
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Baseball and comic books, two colorful American originals, come together in "The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America's National Pastime" (Ten Speed Press) by author Alex Irvine and illustrators Tomm Coker and C.P. Smith.
  • Catholic disability group sees danger, opportunity in Netflix series
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Season two of "13 Reasons Why," a popular Netflix series portraying, among other things, suicide, sexual assault and substance abuse, might lead some young people to behave in dangerous and self-destructive ways, according to a May 31 open letter by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.
  • Weapons of mass distraction
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — From the moment of his election, Pope Francis' down-to-earth take on communicating the Gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticizing him. But his disarming and sometimes even blunt style also has meant he has become a popular target of "fake news."
  • Priest: 'Ninja' show a way to proclaim Gospel using his God-given talents
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNS) — An Arkansas Catholic priest is taking his ninja name "Father Flex" national as a contestant on the new season of the NBC reality show "American Ninja Warrior," debuting May 30.
  • With sports betting now in play, so are the risks
    Now that the Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in most states, New York is likely to become one of the first to put the practice in play.
  • Book examines Catholic music in ‘70s and ‘80s
    The Catholic folk music revolution of the 1960s broke new ground in Catholic worship and should be recognized for bringing life to faith and faith to life, says composer and author Ken Canedo.
  • Tag


    NEW YORK (CNS) — Some rituals of childhood bonding are best left in the past. The cringe-inducing "Tag" (Warner Bros.) is a perfect example.

    The plot is loosely based on Russell Adams' Wall Street Journal article about 10 classmates (one of whom is now a priest) from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington, who found a way to keep a game of tag going into adulthood for more than 20 years.
  • Hotel Artemis
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers who check themselves into the "Hotel Artemis" (Global Road) may wind up feeling like prisoners of their own device.

    Though this dystopian thriller, set in the near future, gets off to a stylish start, and features a couple of strong performances, by the time its hyperviolent conclusion is reached, gore and bone-crunching have replaced creativity.
  • First-time movie writer-director reflects on film's Vatican premiere
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Not everybody gets the movie script they wrote produced. Nor does everybody get the chance to direct the film that they've written, especially a first script and a first directing opportunity.
  • Priests urge mutual respect in church dialogue with LGBT community
    Two recent books by U.S. Catholic priests encourage a welcoming, respectful relationship between the church and gay and lesbian Catholics or the entire LGBT community.
  • RFK's faith three-dimensional in books, but two-dimensional on screen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — By all accounts, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, shot down June 5, 1968, as he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, was the most devout Catholic among his siblings.
  • Author Alice McDermott uses faith to give language, lore to characters
    TORONTO (CNS) — Catholic journal of opinion Commonweal describes writer Alice McDermott as one of America's greatest living novelists, while The Washington Post, in a review of her latest book, says the Catholic Church "lurks" in all of her stories.
  • Tag


    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of Catholic high school friends has kept in touch — literally — since graduating more than 30 years ago from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.
  • Social scientist addresses question of why people are religious
    "Most humans believe (and hope) that life has meaning." That affirmation appears in the list of basic propositions that form the core around which Rodney Stark, a widely known sociologist of religion, builds his new book, "Why God?"
  • Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading
    YARDLEY, Pa. (CNS) — The following books are suitable for summer reading: "Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times" by Meghan Bausch; "Secrets: Visible and Invisible" by Carolyn Astfalk, T.M. Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Cynthia T. Toney, Corinna Turner and Leslea Wahl; "The Miracle of the Bread, the Fish and the Boy" by Anthony DeStefano; "The Pope's Cat" by Jon M. Sweeney; "God Knows It's My Birthday" by Angela M. Burrin; "Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife" by Sarah Grace Tuttle; "Marian Consecration for Children: Bringing Mary to Life in Young Hearts and Minds." by Carrie Gress; and "Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity" by Jean Schoonover-Egolf.
  • Hereditary
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Imagine a mash-up of an intense family drama along the lines of 1980's "Ordinary People" and a foray into the occult like "Rosemary's Baby" from 1968 and you'll have a sense the unusual tone of "Hereditary" (A24).
  • Ocean's 8
    NEW YORK (CNS) — What with the glitterati dressing up like all manner of churchmen and saints in connection with the exhibit "Heavenly Bodies," the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual gala has been on the minds of many Catholics lately.
  • OCP composer recognized by Anglican leader
    LONDON — The Archbishop of Canterbury has given an Oregon Catholic Press liturgical music composer a high honor of the Anglican Church.

    Bernadette Farrell, who is British, received the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship from Archbishop Justin Welby, who leads the world’s Anglican Communion.
  • Priest's letters tell sad tale of oppressed Dominican sugar workers
    "Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers" by Jesus Garcia; trans-lated by Richard Goodyear. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2017). 300 pp., $18.95.
  • Upgrade
    NEW YORK (CNS) — With its brief but excessively graphic scenes of bloodletting, the otherwise mildly interesting sci-fi thriller "Upgrade" (BH Tilt) skirts the outer boundaries of moral acceptability.
  • Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews
    This book is chilling reading. One wishes it were a novel rather than a factual recounting of the Nazi World War II slaughter of Jews in what was then the Soviet Union.
  • Adrift
    NEW YORK (CNS) — One of the intractable complications of sailing on the Pacific Ocean, we are told very early in the drama "Adrift" (STX), is that, no matter how skilled the pilot, even on a well-appointed vessel, isolation produces hallucinations.
  • Allons Quebec? Oui!
    Ever dream of sitting outside a French cafe, sipping on a nice Chardonnay and sharing a plate of brie and crackers, but the cost, time and language get in the way? Well, dream no more: In your (relative) backyard, there’s a city filled with French tradition, friendly people and history to satisfy even the most curious traveler.
  • Action Point
    NEW YORK (CNS) — There's really no point to "Action Point" (Paramount). This chaotic, poorly crafted comedy — a star vehicle for Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" infamy — amounts to little more than an endless succession of painful, supposedly amusing, pratfalls.
  • Summer adventures can build faith
    The lazy days of summer can be even more nourishing to your soul if you explore local parishes while traveling, or attend events linked to your Catholic faith. Below are some options for Oregon Catholics.
  • ‘Tolton’ returns to Portland area
    St. Luke Productions is bringing “Tolton” back to the Portland area in early June. The performance tells story of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest. This one-man multimedia drama opened in October 2017 and is on a national tour, performing in venues such as churches, schools and theaters.
  • Sacred music offering at abbey
    The Portland Catholic liturgical choir Cantores in Ecclesia will perform two 20th century French masterworks Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m. in the church at Mount Angel Abbey.
  • Wenders 'so excited' when pope was chosen, took the name Francis
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — German filmmaker Wim Wenders, whose new film biography, "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," debuts on U.S. screens May 18, said he was "so excited" when Pope Francis was announced as the new pope.
  • Hollywood meets Holy See: Making movies at the Vatican
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In early May, dozens of movie extras dressed as cardinals milled around the streets outside St. Peter's Square. One member of the film crew told The New York Times: "This is the dominion of Netflix."
  • Discussion of words' origins best taken in small bites
    If you're the type of person to ever wonder why the word "disgruntled" is commonplace, but calling someone "gruntled" decidedly less so, "Angels, Barbarians and Nincompoops" offers a rollicking ride through the forgotten histories of everyday words.
  • Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.
  • First Reformed
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "First Reformed" (A24) has quite a bit to say about religious belief, environmentalism, grieving, alienation, rage, the power of love and the corruption of religion by money and power.
  • Book Club
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Can we please stop saying sex?" a character asks in the ensemble romantic comedy "Book Club" (Paramount). The answer, in a word, is no.
  • Deadpool 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A second helping of excessively violent action with a side of foul-mouthed sarcasm is on offer in "Deadpool 2" (Fox), director David Leitch's follow-up to the 2016 original.
  • Show Dogs
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Though it goes heavy on the slapstick, "Show Dogs" (Global Road) is, overall, an amiably lightweight comedy.
  • Batman Ninja
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Superhero fans who rent or buy "Batman Ninja" (Warner Home Enter-tainment), the latest direct-to-video effort from DC Comics, should brace themselves. Chances are, it'll turn out to be unlike any movie of the genre they've ever seen.
  • '1968: The Year That Changed America'
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Tom Hanks is among the executive producers of the sharp, involving and edifying docuseries "1968: The Year That Changed America." The four-hour CNN production debuts over two evenings: Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, 9-11 p.m. EDT each night.
  • Pope praises retired Pope Benedict's writings on faith and politics
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person acknowledges being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis wrote.
  • Life of the Party
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Life of the Party" (Warner Bros.) turns out to be an especially poor choice of title for a campus-set comedy that is, essentially, lifeless. Flat and boring, the film also winks at — though it doesn't display — extracurricular bedroom activities.