Movie: ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “A foolish consistency,” declared 19th-century essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, “is the hobgoblin of little minds.” Whatever else may be haunting the unconvincing horror prequel “Ouija: Origin of Evil” (Universal), a slavish devotion to logic is not its characteristic specter. In generating a forerunner to 2014’s “Ouija,” director and co-writer (with Jeff […]

Traveling exhibit brings home refugee crisis

A traveling interactive exhibit called “Forced from Home,” sponsored by Doctors Without Borders, intends to change that. The exhibit, which started in New York Sept. 16 and ends in Philadelphia Nov. 13 — with stops in between in Washington, Boston and Pittsburgh — aims to bring the refugee crisis closer to home by having participants walk — if not a mile, then at least 10,000 square feet — in a refugee’s shoes.

Young anthem singer hits all the right notes for Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have given fans little to cheer about in recent years, but a 15-year-old girl from a Toronto Catholic high school hopes to help change that. Martina Ortiz-Luis, a 10th-grade student from Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto, was recently selected from among more than 500 applicants to be the team’s official anthem singer for home games.

Unique travel guide highlights Quebec province’s spiritual treasures

“Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec” by Siham Jamaa. A Ulysses Travel Guide (Montreal, 2016). 256 pp., $19.95. Just as France has its castles, Canada’s Quebec province “has its churches,” writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec.” I doubt that many travelers return home […]

Longtime immigration reporter focuses on one teen in ‘Book of Isaias’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nobody’s story is cut and dried, as longtime immigration reporter Daniel Connolly learned when doing reporting for his book, “The Book of Isaias.” Connolly tracked the Mexican-born teenager throughout his senior year of high school in Memphis, Tennessee, and followed up at critical junctures in his life afterward. Isaias’ story has its […]