• Armenian actor on genocide aftermath

    With the centenary the Armenian Genocide on April 24, the world was drawn back into an intense debate over how best to honor the 1.5 million Armenian Christians killed by the Islamic leaders of the former Ottoman Empire (now modern-day Turkey).

     

     

  • Tax time: Outside lies magic

    "Outside lies programmed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.”

     

     

  • Doctrine divides while justice unites? One author's new take on an old claim

    As the Church prepares to conclude its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II later this year, one book is taking a hard look at the council's vision of ecumenism in a world where attitudes toward social justice are constantly in flux.

  • Called to the outskirts

    Pope Francis is calling us to the outskirts. That’s a good thing to ponder during Lent.

    We all like to stay within our “comfort zones.” We all like to hang out with people who buy the same books, watch the same movies, make roughly the same amount of money. We want people who validate us, not people who threaten, challenge or annoy us.

     

     

  • Julia Alvarez at the Catholic Literary Imagination Conference

    Julia Alvarez read new poetry to a captivated audience at the Catholic Literary Imagination Conference (CLIC), held Feb. 19-21 through the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

  • Loyola Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the arts

    “Adding on to what my predecessors started, I began to change what we were doing. Our mission became an interdisciplinary and open dialogue about faith, culture and the arts, all the while representing the mission of the Marymount tradition and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Over time, we were able to bring in a Nobel laureate, an artist-in-residence, and a publisher.”

  • Martin Sheen and Sister Rose: Activist Catholics

    Sister Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles.

    In her recently-released book, “Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” (Liturgical Press), she details well-known actor Sheen’s early life: one of 10 kids, a mother who died at 48 while saying the rosary, a hard-working father who was loving but stinted on the compliments. Many of the children, including Martin, suffered from alcoholism.

  • Dana Gioia and the future of the Catholic literary imagination

    Dana Gioia is a poet and critic who served as chair-man of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author, most recently, of “Pity the Beautiful,” his fourth volume of poems.

    “I was raised in a Catholic family in a mostly Mexican neighborhood and attended 12 years of Catholic school. Consequently, my whole early worldview was Catholic, and it seemed consonant with the great art I encountered — Dante, Michelangelo, Mozart, Shakespeare.”

    He also has a genius for connecting people. To that end, he’s spearheaded a conference called “The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination” that will take place at the University of Southern California Feb. 19-21.

     

     

  • My top ten books for 2014

    The pressures of work and ministry, unfortunately, limit the time I have available to read as widely as I would like. Still, addicted as I am to books and knowing that without the insight and stimulation that I draw from them I would forever stagnate spiritually and creatively, I scrupulously carve out some time most days to read. As well, given my ministry and personality, I like to read various genres of books: novels, biography, critical essays, and, not least, books on scripture, theology, and spirituality.

    So given these particular appetites, what are the best ten books that I read in 2014?

  • Catholic Worker Jeff Dietrich’s ‘The Good Samaritan’

    Reading these essays, you see Skid Row, you hear Skid Row, you smell Skid Row. You remember that love is not a theory. Love is a face, love is a name.

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Voices

Who am I to judge?

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Perhaps the single most often-quoted line from Pope Francis is his response to a question he was asked vis-à-vis the morality of a particularly dicey issue. His infamous/famous reply: “Who am I to judge?”

 

 

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  • Sunday, May 3

    Special Needs Mass, 10 a.m., Father Maguire Council Hall, 4315 N. Vincent Ave, Covina.Mass for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information, contact Elizabeth, (909) 599-9833, ebinerfamily@gmail.com.

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, 1-3 p.m., Mount Saint Mary’s University, Chalon Campus, Hannon Theater, 12001 Chalon Rd., Los Angeles. Presenters will include Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and a Q&A panel of student representatives from each of the ten participating schools.  The event will conclude with a school fair where staff members, student panelists and alumnae will be available to answer school-specific questions.  Free.

    St. Elisabeth Parish May Festival, 1-10 p.m.,  St. Elisabeth, 6628 Cedros Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 779-1756 ext. 200.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

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