• Barbara Nicolosi: The special cross of the artist

    Barbara Nicolosi has worked in Hollywood since 1996 as a writer, producer, and production company executive. She’s also a blogger, speaker, executive director of The Story Institute at Azusa Pacific University, and co-founder of Act One, a training/mentoring program for Catholic writers and producers.

  • 'The Fault in Our Stars' hailed for themes on suffering, love

    Bestselling movie and book “The Fault in Our Stars” provides material to think more deeply about belief and skepticism – as well as the lessons on suffering and vulnerability that the terminally ill can teach us, clergy and cultural observers say.

  • ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’: Faith lessons for families

    The movie, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” an historical drama based on the true story of how faith sustained two immigrant sisters’ lives after their capture by Delaware Indians during the French and Indian War, opens in selected theatres nationwide this week.

  • DVD tells story of Knights of Columbus founder

    A documentary about Venerable Michael McGivney, the 19th century priest who founded the Knights of Columbus, is now available on DVD.

  • Movie reviews: ‘A Million…’, ‘Ida,’ ‘Maleficent’

    The starkly beautiful minimalist masterpiece that is "Ida" adroitly navigates two horrific eras of Polish history as an aspiring nun discovers her true identity. While brisk and unadorned at a brief 80 minutes, the film is nevertheless anything but simplistic. Director and co-writer (with Rebecca Lenkiewicz) Pawel Pawlikowski assumes that the audience knows something of the Holocaust in Poland, and of the Stalinist show trials to consolidate state power that followed the Soviet victory in World War II.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Blended and ‘X-Men’

    Blended (Warner Bros.): This that rarity of rarities, a sincere family film, and since it stars Adam Sandler, whose trademark is scatological gags, it's more than a bit of a surprise. At the same time, director Frank Coraci and screenwriters Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera hew to a rigid formula now common for the genre: Each child's problem is dealt with individually and completely, without condescension.

  • Religious undertones find their way into ‘Godzilla, ‘Arm’

    Editor’s note: This week, the Tidings resumes its movie reviews on a regular basis, with commentary by the staff of Catholic News Service. Newly-released films are reviewed more extensively. Complete reviews are available at the USCCB website: http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm.

  • CIMA honors ‘Monuments Men,’ ‘Cesar’s Last Fast,’ CBS

    The feature film “The Monuments Men,” the feature documentary “Cesar’s Last Fast” and the television news program “CBS News Sunday Morning” are recipients of the 2014 Catholics in Media Associates Awards.

  • New film illuminates Catholic view on same-sex attraction

    Catholics with same-sex attraction talk about their personal struggles and the comfort they find in Church teaching in a new documentary that shows Christian love as the “third way” in controversies about homosexuality.

  • Gosnell movie fundraiser tops $1.2 million

    A fundraising campaign to create a movie about the notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell has surpassed $1.2 million in donations, more than halfway to its goal.

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God’s magnificent plan for the family

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As the summer winds down and we move into fall, we need to turn our prayers and reflection to the meeting of the world’s bishops that Pope Francis has called for October 5-19 in Rome.

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