• Lost for Life: Documentarian Joshua Rofé on juvenile lifers

    Jacob Ind underwent horrific sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of his mother and stepfather. At the age of 15, he murdered them both.

  • Codes of conduct, Part I

    The above papal encyclical could have easily come from the pen of John Paul II or Benedict XVI or Francis as it relates to something not usually associated with the more historical letters that have emanated from the See of Peter — namely, motion pictures, television and radio.

  • ‘Dolphin Tale,’ ‘Identical’

    Dolphin Tale 2 (Warner Bros.): Charles Martin Smith directs this family-friendly, dramatic follow-up to the 2011 film about Winter, whose real-life triumph over disability has made her a symbol of hope to young and old around the world.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Wanted Man,’ ‘Above/Below’

    A Most Wanted Man (Roadside): The extreme measures spies take to combat terrorism, and the moral compromises that go with them, are showcased in this edgy adaptation of the 2008 bestselling novel by John le Carre.

  • ‘The Little Flower’ in our midst

    The Knights of Columbus partnered with Connecticut-based EVTV to produce a documentary on hope and healing of Haitian children injured in the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that rocked the country.

  • Movie reviews: ‘If I Stay,’ ‘Sin City’

    If I Stay (Warner Bros.): A tearjerker for teens, "If I Stay" glamorizes the physical relationship between its two leads, making it totally unsuitable for its target audience. And it's doubtful that many adult moviegoers, for whom it may be acceptable, will want to sit through this contrived weepy, adapted by director R.J. Cutler from Gayle Forman's best-selling novel.

  • Men at work

    Some people collect stamps, others butterflies, still others grudges. For me, I have made it a kind of hobby to collect impressions of the portrayal of priests in popular culture.

  • Movie reviews: ‘Giver,’ ‘Expendables,’ ‘Step Up’

    The Giver (Weinstein) Arriving on the heels of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" is this futuristic thriller where young people find themselves running for their lives. This time, however, the tone is softer, and the overall meaning more profound, with a welcome pro-life message that will resound with viewers of faith.

  • ‘When the Game…’: Faith in a clear voice, despite missteps

    “When The Game Stands Tall” is an ambitious attempt to tell the story of the De La Salle Spartan football team’s winning streak through the lives of the players, the community and coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel).

  • 'The Giver' praised for themes on free will, sanctity of life

    The new dystopian movie “The Giver” has drawn praise for its deep thematic content on the value of human life, suffering, free will and the dangers of a world that distorts language to do evil.

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Voices

Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

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