• A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

    Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come to them through a new DVD series aimed at sharing the small country’s rich patrimony with the world.

  • Postwar shadows: Japanese photographer Isiuchi Miyako

    Aug. 6 of this year marked the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Japan, at Hiroshima. Nagasaki followed on Aug. 9.

  • Posada’s calaveras

    José Guadalupe Posada was born Feb. 2, 1852, in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to illiterate parents of indigenous descent.

  • Lalo Garcia: An artist pays homage to a saint

    Lalo Garcia’s voice was reflective: “I first learned of Blessed Junípero Serra through history books about his building the California missions.” Having spent the first 13 years of his life in Mexico, young Lalo was familiar with stories of missionary priests.



  • The rise of millennial Catholic artists – and here's a chat with one of them

    Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

  • The otherworldly photography of John Chiara

    I first encountered the work of San Francisco-based photographer John Chiara at a current exhibition at the Getty: “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.”

  • Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology.

  • Winged portraits at the cathedral

    Politicians, pregnant moms, homeless, youngsters, police officers, artists — the many faces of Los Angeles are on display at a new photographic exhibition at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels that reveals the “angelic” side of Angelenos.

  • Randyland: A luminous folk art shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe

    I don’t know about you, but I personally love a folk art installation, looming 40 feet above the street, made of glass bottles filled with colored water that form a giant light-refracting image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

  • Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

    Walking into the expansive space at the current exhibition, “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art feels as if you are entering a fresh new world of a present-day artist whose powerful images speak of big issues and spiritual intimacies.

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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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