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We have a silly movie

I recently saw the movie “Habemus Papam,” an Italian film by director Nanni Moretti at a tiny underground theater near Lincoln Center. The comedy, currently also playing in Philadelphia, stars Moretti,

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A songwriter’s search for faith and meaning

For those interested in American culture, 20th century literature, rock and roll, and the tenacious hold of the Catholic faith, there is Bruce Springsteen. Some trivia questions: 1. What Catholic

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Picasso and the jagged path of modern art

Three months ago Pope Benedict XVI hosted a gathering of artists from around the world under Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. The event marked the 10th anniversary of Pope

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Mystery and message set to music

Christ in Christmas Songs We Three Kings With Christmas Day now here, the 12 Days of Christmas now begin, lasting from Dec. 25 to Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. This

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Music in joyful anticipation of Christ’s birth

Christ in Christmas Songs Joy To The World This past Sunday, Dec. 13, Catholics around the world celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Lord’s birth on

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Questions, set to music, for the mother of God

Christ in Christmas Songs Mary, did you know That your baby boy will one day walk on water? Did you know That your baby boy will save our sons and

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Life on the road, grounded by faith, fueled by Starbucks

CHERRY HILL — Wearing blue jeans and talking energetically about his current “Classic Irish Christmas” tour, one would never guess that Andy Cooney, Irish-American singer and entertainer, was in the

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The Good News proclaimed in song lyrics

Christ in Christmas Songs O Come, O Come Emmanuel As the first week of Advent draws to a close, that holiday staple, Christmas music, has been ever-present. Favorite musicians sing

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Coming to God, reluctantly, with a tin cup in hand

“Maybe saints turn to God to exalt him, from innate righteousness. The rest of us tend to show up holding out a tin cup,” Mary Karr wrote in an essay

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Remembering Albert Schweitzer’s life and work

Several recent news stories – the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize; the canonization of St. Damien de Veuster, who ministered to lepers; the African Synod – suggest that Respect