Monthly Archives: March 2014

Springtime for faith-based films?

If you hear actor Stephen Baldwin tell it, this is a blossoming time for movies with themes of faith. Easy for him to say, of course. Baldwin, one of the four acting Baldwin brothers, was an invitee to the March … Continue reading

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Will ‘Noah’ float your boat?

I can’t remember the last time I was behind a velvet rope to cover a star-studded event like the March 26 preview screening of “Noah” in midtown Manhattan with virtually all of the stars and other important personages in the … Continue reading

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Planting seeds of hope

VATICAN CITY — One of the many moments pool reporters look forward to when a head of state meets the pope is the gift exchange. The Vatican most often offers a unique piece of artisan art with a spiritual or … Continue reading

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U.S. presidents and popes: A look back and a look at tomorrow

VATICAN CITY — With tomorrow’s encounter between Pope Francis and Barack Obama, there will have been 28 U.S. presidential-papal meetings either in the Vatican or in the United States over the past 100 years. On his blog, Luis Badilla gave … Continue reading

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The singing Ursuline sister: “I have a gift to give”

ROME — Pope Francis’ call for the church to “get out onto the streets” and evangelize helped inspire 25-year-old Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia to hit the stage and sing before millions of viewers last week. “I have a gift and … Continue reading

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We’re talkin’ baseball

Baseball season is right around the corner, kicking off tomorrow when the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney. The rest of the opening matchups take place March 30 and 31. So, in the spirit of the game, … Continue reading

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Remembering Chiara Lubich, forging family ties

ROME — With broad smiles, laughter and applause, the diverse family Chiara Lubich dreamed of gathered last evening to celebrate her life and legacy. Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, died in 2008, but the friendships she formed with Jews, … Continue reading

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