Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils


VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A Catholic sculptor wants to keep the church relevant with his art, but as mounting secularism and the COVID-19 pandemic challenge the institution, the artist claims the devil is in the details. “Today we want to pretend that evil doesn’t exist,” said Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, but Christianity, and Catholicism in … Read more

‘What Is God Like?’ Late author Rachel Held Evans’ first children’s book invites questions


(RNS) — Rachel Held Evans was just starting to get excited about writing children’s books. The bestselling author of several adult books on Christianity, Held Evans had sketched out, to varying degrees of completion, four outlines and drafts of children’s books. Then, in May 2019, the beloved author, wife and mother died suddenly and unexpectedly at … Read more

What If a Loved One Aged Much Faster Than You? – Sci-fi Saturday


“ARK” at DUST by Nelson Cruz (June 8, 2021, 8:19 min) “Captain Mira Bernhard is finally home after a lengthy mission to the new planet, GAIA – humanity’s last hope. But what’s only been a 5-year trip for her, has been 45-year wait for her husband.” Review: ARK debuted in 2020. Time, we are told, … Read more

Could You Be Reconstructed From Your Memories? – Sci-fi Saturday


“The Final Moments of Karl Brant” at DUST by Neil Ellice and Matthew Wilson (June 10, 2021 at DUST, 15:46 min) “Set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.” Review: This … Read more

Riz Ahmed launches new effort seeking to increase Muslims in Hollywood


(RNS) — Hollywood star Riz Ahmed has launched a new initiative meant to increase the representation of Muslims in Hollywood, both on and off the screen. While the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor is spearheading the effort, he is joined by some of Hollywood’s leading Muslim professionals. The Blueprint for Muslim Inclusion and the Pillars Artists … Read more

Liberty grad Nightbirde captures hearts, Golden Buzzer on ‘America’s Got Talent’


(RNS) — Hers was the ethereal voice “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews said “we all need to hear this year.” Jane Marczewski’s performance of her original song “It’s OK” won her the coveted Golden Buzzer from TV’s toughest judge, Simon Cowell, earlier this week on the NBC show, showering the singer, who performs as … Read more

‘Lady of Guadalupe’ avoids tough truths about the Catholic Church and Indigenous genocide


(The Conversation) — The film “Lady of Guadalupe,” first released in 2020 and now available on many streaming services, mixes a fictional retelling of the 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego with the tale of a wholly fictional 21st-century reporter named Juan working on a story about miracles … Read more

A Wrinkle In Time: Reading Science Fiction At An Early Age


When I was young, my father was constantly pressing new books into my hands. The first in remembrance was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The second to stand out was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L’Engle It was a funny choice, really. My father’s theology does not match L’Engle’s … Read more

“Are We Alone?” Asks a New Sci-Fi Short. But Then Why?


“Laniakea” at DUST by Dima Taran (November 13, 2020, 5:48 min, animated) “The action takes place in the future, when superluminal speeds allow for travel to any point in the universe. People are hoping to find extraterrestrial life, but as of yet no one has succeeding in finding anything. One day, a lonely man finds … Read more