Vatican publishes free book in response to pandemic

By Catholic News Service | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Vatican has published a free downloadable book of Pope Francis’ prayers and homilies responding to the trial and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Strong in the Face of Tribulation”, the book also contains suggestions for Catholics who are unable to receive the sacraments due … Read More about Vatican publishes free book in response to pandemic

Action galore in lockdown

By Rowena Orejana | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The outlook for the reopening of cinemas remains uncertain with local operators worried about the supply of new Hollywood features. Many major attractions have been delayed until late this year or even next year. Production of new movies is also in abeyance, leaving a hiatus of popular box office fare. … Read More about Action galore in lockdown

Short book on God is well-delivered lecture for laity

By Catholic News Service | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

“God: What Every Catholic Should Know” by Elizabeth Klein. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2019). 142 pp., US$24.95 (hardback), US$16.95 (paperback). Reviewed by KURT JENSEN. You wouldn’t think it possible to get the Almighty compacted into 142 pages, yet this is what Elizabeth Klein has done, without presumption. “God” is the … Read More about Short book on God is well-delivered lecture for laity

Making sense of lockdown

By Nevil Gibson | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

For many of us not in essential or “safe” occupations, the lockdown has been an enforced period of home entertainment. It’s a matter of opinion as to whether that is too much of a good thing or has brought on a case of ennui. Bolstered by some long-delayed reading, the … Read More about Making sense of lockdown

The making of jihadists

By Nevil Gibson | April 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

Moviemakers have long been attracted to extremes in religious faith. This has ranged from hellfire and brimstone preachers in westerns to clerical abuse in more modern times.  Cults, too, have attracted much attention, with the emphasis on scams that prey on people’s vulnerabilities.  By contrast, genuinely inspirational movies have usually … Read More about The making of jihadists

Netflix’s top 10 of the year

By Nevil Gibson | January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than one in three New Zealand households subscribe to Netflix, the global heavyweight among streaming services, to watch movies and TV series. That is some 1.7 million adults, or four in 10 people aged 18 and over. They are heavy viewers and don’t exclude watching free-to-air television. In fact, … Read More about Netflix’s top 10 of the year