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A decade after The Passion of the Christ, Hollywood has seen the light again and it's the colour of money. A wave of Bible-inspired films will grace the big screen this year. Son of God, about the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is already playing across North America. Noah, released March 28, presents Hollywood's version of the great flood as told in Genesis. Exodus, coming in December, portrays the Israelites' flight to freedom. Hollywood has been born again.
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These are not your parents' Trappist monks. The Quebec Trappists, famed for their Oka cheese, have moved to a beautiful new monastery, installed state-of-the-art food production equipment and will be unveiling a contemporary website to showcase the dozens of their fine products, which largely used to be available only along the old Montreal-Ottawa Highway in the town of Oka, Quebec.
Pro-life groups say they will keep a hopeful but watchful eye on the prime minister's upcoming summit on maternal, newborn and child health May 28-30 in Toronto. "We are looking at it hopefully, but recognizing it for what it is," said Campaign Life Coalition Ottawa lobbyist Johanne Brownrigg, who questioned the timing, considering the upcoming 2015 federal election.
The fruits of Pope Benedict's efforts to welcome Anglicans to the Catholic faith were manifest at Vancouver's Holy Rosary Cathedral as Deacon Michael Shier was ordained a priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. "It's amazing that the ordinariate has actually happened," Father Shier said after his ordination March 15.
TORONTO – Walk through the tea estates of Darjeeling and meet the families who have spent generations harvesting the leaves that may end up steeped in Canadian cups. Meet the children of the lowest caste who, with classical musical instruments, literally play their way through school and then out of poverty.
REGINA – April Sparvier's name was sounded by one of her children and by her mother but she was not there to hear it. Sparvier had left a bar in North Central Regina Aug. 27, 2006 and was walking with a group when one of the group grabbed her purse.
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church needs to go further in giving authority to lay people, says a leading expert on the council. "The powerlessness of the laity is striking," said Father Joseph Komonchak, the English-language editor of the five-volume History of Vatican II, produced by an international team of theologians in the 1990s and early 21st century.
The Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Christian Education should be seen as a provisional document. In fact, then-Father Joseph Ratzinger called it a weak document. "One unfortunately has to say that the text wasn't treated by the council fathers with any specific affection," the future pope wrote in 1966. Ratzinger attributed the weakness of the document to the fact that the bishops were getting worn out as the four-year council drew to its conclusion.
Shane Davies of Lloydminster was happy to have to opportunity to shake Archbishop Richard Smith's hand and hear his welcoming words. Davies called the moment "special" and said it makes him feel more connected to his newly-found faith. "I feel even more inclined to join the Catholic Church." Davies, 15, was one of almost 160 adult and child catechumens from across the archdiocese who affirmed their desire to become members of the Catholic Church in two separate ceremonies at St. Joseph's Basilica March 8-9.
Jumping into a backhoe, Archbishop Richard Smith carved the frozen ground at 3307-28A Ave. signalling that construction of the Church of Corpus Christi can now begin. With shiny new shovels, dignitaries and Church officials helped in the symbolic task. It was a festive ground-breaking ceremony complete with an outdoor procession, a large fire, chocolate and pastries.