• Songs for the living

    “People want to sing, there is a deep need to celebrate with others,” declares musician/composer David Haas, who will once again participate in this year’s Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, March 13-15 in Anaheim.  

  • Sister Cristina gives Pope Francis a copy of her music album

    Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline religious who won The Voice Italy earlier this year, greeted Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave him a copy of her new album, "Sister Cristina."

  • For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

    An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art.

  • Singing nun's Madonna cover: not like a prayer

    Although it may have been well intentioned, an Italian nun’s choice of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” as her first single shows “radical impropriety” which wrongly ignores the original song’s intent to undermine the Virgin Mary and Catholic morals, one cultural critic has said.

  • Colburn’s Glee Choir: The freedom to express through music

    Salesian High School senior and drum line member Brendan Lopez has a passion for music. When the opportunity came up as a sophomore to join the after-school Glee Choir at the Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles, he decided to try it out, and he’s been coming weekly ever since.

  • Joan of Arc, ‘Voices of Light’ and composer Richard Einhorn

    “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” the 1928 silent film by Danish director Carl Dreyer, has been hailed by critics as among the top ten greatest movies ever made.

  • Nun who won Italy's 'The Voice' records first album

    Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy.

  • Bob Hurd to perform locally

    Bob Hurd, one of the Church’s most popular liturgical composers for more than three decades, will perform in concert at several parishes over the next month.

  • Myanmar celebrates 500 years of Catholicism with music, art

    Celebrating 500 years since the arrival of Catholicism in Myanmar, Catholic artists have pooled together to evangelize through a new musical endeavor.  

  • Nun who won 'The Voice Italy' renews religious vows

    Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the last season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily.

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A blaze of praise

Father Ed Benioff

If you say nice things about my preaching — or my writing, or my shoes — I have to admit, I’ll be pleased. I’ll remember what you said. Pay me a compliment, and it may even change the course of my day. That’s the power of praise when it’s directed at another human being. For a moment, it makes us feel like we’re the object of admiration and even love.


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November 26, 2015

  • Thursday, November 26

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Finbar Church, 2010 W Olive Ave., Burbank. All are welcome to join for food, fellowship and the sincere celebration of God’s goodness on Thanksgiving Day. Featuring a buffet-style turkey dinner and dessert. Free. (818) 846-6251. www.stfinbarburbank.org.

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