In a world where commercialism rules OK, Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village – ostensibly a documentary about the Marian shrine in Knock and the people who visit it but ultimately a commentary on the state of religion in Ireland today - was never going to wipe the more mainstream releases off the screen. Even so,  it drew huge...

Catholic University of America’s Christmas ConcertEWTN Christmas Eve 11am and Christmas Day 3.30pmThe annual Christmas concert presented by the Catholic University of America, featuring a brilliant blend of angelic voices and the wonderful sounds of the Christmas Season.The Word is Born: Christmas with the Louisville ChorusEWTN Christmas Eve...

Frank LittonWe cannot know the modern world without knowledge of the religious conflicts that fractured Christianity and put paid to Christendom. Carlos M.M. Eire’s new book Reformations: The Early Modern World 1450–1650 (Yale University Press, £25.00) is a masterful guide to the transition from the medieval to the modern.Eire is...

There’s only so much suffering a body can take. “The  sword of the Lord will bear down on our enemies,” says black preacher Nat Turner (Nate Parker) in this compelling saga about a violent slave revolt in America’s antebellum south in 1831. His original message of peace becomes transmuted into an ‘angel of...

Stereotyping is normally regarded as a bad thing, and that’s fair enough, but sometimes it seems that it’s acceptable to stereotype certain people, including Catholic priests. These thoughts were prompted by a few episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, currently showing on TV3, Wednesday nights. Last week’s episode...

Christmas time is one of the great books buying season of the year. For children and young adults especially the shops are filled with a bonanza of books, of all kinds for all kinds of taste. While it is said that girls take more easily to reading, they often prefer story books about girls, relationships and ponies; boys, on the other hand...

“My children didn’t have the advantages I had growing up,” Kirk Douglas said once, “they were born rich.” What he meant was that his poverty-stricken youth made him more aware of the value of a dollar. How many pampered sons and daughters of the rich and famous would learn to appreciate the wisdom of his words after...

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