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  • Literary critic shines light on faith's influence on Catholic writers
    His major work to date, "Longing for an Absent God," is an examination of faith and doubt in the U.S. literary tradition.
  • Francis scholar offers helpful advice on how saint would navigate today
    In a time filled with many fears and spiritual "potholes," Franciscan scholar Jon Sweeney gives us some helpful reflections on how to navigate these days in light of who St. Francis of Assisi was and how he lived.
  • Debut novel reflects author's nuanced understanding of faith's mysteries
    The path from editorial and magazine work to literary fiction has been a slow but steady one for cradle-Catholic Katy Carl.
  • 'D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!,' streaming, Netflix
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Over the past 50 years, D.B. Cooper has become one of the most famous aliases in history. Yet it was really under the name Dan Cooper that a still-unidentified man carried out the mysterious hijacking — and getaway — that have since made him the stuff of legend.
  • BALTIMORE (CNS) — Jim Coleman wasn't at all interested in portraying Father Augustus Tolton in a national traveling theater production.

    While he found the story of America's first recognized Black Catholic priest inspirational, the veteran actor of more than two decades was more interested in television and film roles.
  • Why are U.S. internet prices so high? The answers are many and complex
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The cost for broadband service in the United States is high, and getting higher. In most metropolitan areas of the United States, residents are lucky to have two competing providers from which to choose. A third player in large metro markets is rare, but it's been seen before.
  • Writer from fin de siècle has message for today
    In his first homily after being elected in 2013, Pope Francis quoted the Belle Epoque Catholic thinker Leon Bloy. Bloy had written, “Whoever does not pray to God prays to the devil.” The pope explained that those who don’t profess Jesus Christ tend to abide by a worldliness of Satan’s ilk. It’s just the kind of explosive comment for which Bloy became famous and infamous.
  • ‘What it means to be a man’
    When 12-year-old Steven Arms’ father, David Arms, surprised him by saying they would be doing something special out of town for his 13th birthday — just the two of them — the boy wasn’t enthused.
  • Exhibit recalls Catholic journalists' courage in Lithuania under Soviets
    An exhibit currently on display in Washington offers a moving portrait of the courage of Catholic journalists during the era of Soviet persecution in Eastern Europe, along with a potent message of faith and resistance to tyranny that has relevance in today's world.
  • Arkansas Catholics are among 5,000 extras filmed for 'Chosen' episode
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNS) — Anne Mancino walked into a field in Texas June 8 wearing a headscarf, sandals and a plain sea green dress, and sat down amid a crowd of 5,000 to hear the words of Jesus.
  • TV program notes — week of July 31
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of July 31 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of July 31. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations.
  • Two books underscore harmony between science, religion
    Conventional wisdom suggests that science and religion are at odds — facts versus faith. These two books, however, make a persuasive case for the "relational unity" between powerful fields of human thought.
  • Former assistant fire chief aims to create 'sense of hope' in 9/11 memoir
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — One of the most vivid memories for those who experienced 9/11 firsthand is the weather that day.
  • Dire warning tempered with note of solace enlivens Burke's latest work
    In many ways, "Every Cloak Rolled in Blood," the 41st and most recent work in the James Lee Burke canon, is similar to his earlier works. At the same time, however, the book is remarkably fresh and new.
  • History of St. Peter's Basilica, Paris cathedral on exhibit in Washington
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A swirling image and the sounds of a whirlpool let exhibit visitors know that through the magic of technology, they will soon be transported to a different time and place.
  • Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Bathroom humor reaches new heights — make that depths — in "Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank" (Paramount), an animated martial-arts spoof with a most unlikely provenance.
  • Nope
    NEW YORK (CNS) — After a grim quotation from the prophet Nahum, the opening scene of "Nope" (Universal), writer-director Jordon Peele's menacing sci-fi horror film, sets the tone for what follows.
  • TV film fare — week of July 24
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of theatrical movies on network and cable television the week of July 24. Please note that televised versions may or may not be edited for language, nudity, violence and sexual situations.
  • TV program notes — week of July 24
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of July 24 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
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