• In ‘The Story of God,’ Morgan Freeman is looking for the divine in all places

    “The Story of God,” a six-episode documentary series on how humanity considers the divine, premieres Sunday, April 3, on the National Geographic Channel. Actor Morgan Freeman, who has voiced the Almighty in a few movies, is host and narrator, along with being an executive producer for Revelations Entertainment, with Lori McCreary and James Younger.

  • Fade to gray

    When “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” premieres Feb. 2 on the FX channel you really won’t be able to say that history is repeating itself or that life is imitating art (or is it the other way around? — I can never get that one straight).

  • Angels we have heard on … TV

    With all the trouble in the world, being upset over the upcoming Fox television series, which has Lucifer himself as the protagonist, doesn’t quite reach the standard of outrage. And I have written about this “second” coming of the Dark Prince before and don’t need to waste any more ink or readers’ time with plowing a field that has already been tilled.

  • Springtime for you know who

    Here’s the premise. There’s a new television series where a troupe of intrepid researchers comb the far corners of the globe seeking to unlock a mystery that has plagued the public imagination for decades and prove once and for all the whereabouts of a legendary beast.

     

  • Writer Chris Brancato gives ABC’s ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ a new look

    Although ABC picked up the Biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets” and prepared to go to series, the original pilot got a lukewarm reception from advertisers when they got a look at it in May. But the network believed enough in the concept — based on the Books of Samuel — to give it a second chance.

  • A 'most powerful woman' – National Geographic's major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

    Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary.

  • This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network's reality cooking show

    Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.

  • Ric Burns and PBS recall our ‘Debt of Honor’ to disabled veterans

    On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for time and channel in your area), PBS premieres “Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History,” a new documentary by Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns. Airing as part of PBS’ “Stories of Service,” it looks at the way that the American government and society have dealt with wounded warriors, from the Revolutionary War through the long war going on in the Middle East.

  • ‘Fargo’ redux

    Fargo is back … or is it?In its first season — which really wasn’t a season in the television vernacular, more like a self-contained serialized story arc — Billy Bob Thornton played the personification of cold-blooded evil and did it in a way that I found mesmerizing and pretty close to brilliant. The ending wasn’t as spellbinding for me, but the show was such a different piece of television that I forgave them.

  • Exorcisms for entertainment? Terrible idea, St Louis archdiocese tells cable network

    A television show’s promise of a live exorcism rite is more dangerous than it thinks, the St. Louis archdiocese warned on Thursday.

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Voices

Intention deficit and its remedies

Father Ed Benioff

I keep coming back to the theme of intentional discipleship. It’s come up in the last two columns I’ve written — and that’s because it comes up repeatedly in my thoughts.

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April 30, 2016

  • Saturday, April 30

    Los Angeles Foster Care & Adoption Info Meeting, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Children’s Bureau’s Magnolia Place, 1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles. Discover if you have the willingness, ability and resources to take on the challenge of helping a child in need. To RSVP or for more information, call (213) 342-0168 or toll-free 800-730-3933. An information packet or application may be requested by filling out a request form at www.all-kids.org/program/foster-care/.

     

    Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Martyrs Church (St. Kateri Room), 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach. Session 1: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief; Session 2: An Introduction to Stephen Ministry; Session 3: How to Care in a Distinctly Christian Way. Cost: $15 per person, or $50 per congregation (four or more). Register at stephenministry.org/workshop or call (314) 428 -2600.

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