Rocks, mineral debris and even dust from space are kept in special collections, museums and laboratories all over the world, and the Vatican Observatory took the first small step to help curators make a giant leap in coordinating their efforts globally.
“A Simple Favor” (Lionsgate), director Paul Feig’s glossy screen version of Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel, is undeniably ingenious.
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” (Pure Flix) continues Zamperini’s story, this time with an emphasis on the woes that beset him after he returned home at the end of the global conflict and his eventual embrace of evangelical Christianity.
A crisis of faith can certainly serve as the basis for a compelling drama. In the case of the Evangelical film “God Bless the Broken Road” (Freestyle), though, the cards feel stacked, albeit for the right outcome, with the result that the protagonist’s doubts themselves seem unconvincing.
Based on extensive research across a wide swath of religious perspectives, the book, “Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think,” shows that the relationship between religion and science is much friendlier — and also more complex — than one might have imagined.
Lino Rulli, a Minnesota native and Catholic media personality, is the pater familias of his own unique brood: a devoted community of listeners to “The Catholic Guy,” a weekday afternoon drive program on Sirius XM Radio’s Catholic Channel, which Rulli has hosted since it started in 2006
A Habitat for Humanity event in Indiana pulled together almost 2,000 volunteers, generous contributions, celebrities and faith groups including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, both in their 90s, helping to build 23 single-family houses during the last week of August.
“The Nun” (Warner Bros.) is an ambitious undertaking with an immense budget and lush special effects the aim to rank as the “That’s Entertainment!” of Catholic-themed horror films.
Those on the lookout for an above-average thriller boasting both surprising plot developments and upright basic values will probably be pleased with “Searching” (Screen Gems).
Whether one’s heritage is Irish or not, the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle continue to fascinate us. These two books offer a look at the past and the present, the gifts and the shadow side of the Irish and Celtic heritage.