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Early evidence of Christianity found in Israel

Early evidence of Christianity found in Israel

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An Act of God: a play bashes God but not Islam

An Act of God: a play bashes God but not Islam

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Thought for the day: dark illumine

Thought for the day: dark illumine

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Michael Moore weighs on American Sniper, again

Michael Moore weighs on American Sniper, again

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Spanish official threatens to seize private property

Spanish official threatens to seize private property

At issue is a structure that has belonged to the Catholic Church since 1236.

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Book review: Bad Religion - how we became a nation of heretics

Book review: Bad Religion - how we became a nation of heretics

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Film review: Messenger of the Truth

Film review: Messenger of the Truth

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Film review: Rape of Europa

Film review: Rape of Europa

A movie that teaches that art belongs to humanity. Otherwise, we are animals who just fight and live to eat.

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Window to heaven or road to perdition? The icons of Robert Lenz and Bill McNichols

Window to heaven or road to perdition? The icons of Robert Lenz and Bill McNichols

Icons written by New Mexico iconographers raise disquieting questions.

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What was Jesus doing on Holy Saturday?

What was Jesus doing on Holy Saturday?

Why did Jesus go to hell?

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Supreme Court refuses appeal of photographer who refused same-sex ceremony

Supreme Court refuses appeal of photographer who refused same-sex ceremony

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Iraq: Americans petition State Department to return stolen artifacts to Jewish people

Iraq: Americans petition State Department to return stolen artifacts to Jewish people

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Three paintings, stolen by Nazis, restored to rightful owners

Three paintings, stolen by Nazis, restored to rightful owners

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Film review: Gimme Shelter

Film review: Gimme Shelter

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The entry of the Theotokos to the Temple of the Lord

The entry of the Theotokos to the Temple of the Lord

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Augustus Welby Pugin: The Future of Land Use Development

Augustus Welby Pugin: The Future of Land Use Development

James Thunder, an expert on the work of 19th C. polymath Augustus Welby Pugin, has written an important new work on the holistic vision the influential architect and designer had.

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The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

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Treasures of the Holy Sepulchre: sumptuous works of art on display at Versailles

Treasures of the Holy Sepulchre: sumptuous works of art on display at Versailles

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Film review: Occupy Unmasked

Film review: Occupy Unmasked

The intellectual roots and the political gamesmanship of the Occupy movement are revealed in a film produced by Andrew Breitbart, the now deceased firebrand. The links between Marxists, labor unions, and Obama are the focus.

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Film review: Stories We Tell

Film review: Stories We Tell

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Here's to you Jackie Robinson

Here's to you Jackie Robinson

There is a Michigan-connection in the Jackie Robinson story. The ally of the famous ballplayer who integrated the whites-only national past-time, Branch Rickey, had coached at the University of Michigan.

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Week 5 of Lenten Film Fest: No Greater Love

Week 5 of Lenten Film Fest: No Greater Love

As an aid to Lenten reflection over the next few weeks, Spero columnist Prof. Michael Martin offers readers some thoughts on a few of the films he uses in a Religion and Film course he offers every winter semester.

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Week 4 of Lenten Film Fest: The Decalogue

Week 4 of Lenten Film Fest: The Decalogue

As an aid to Lenten reflection over the next few weeks, Spero columnist Prof. Michael Martin will offer readers some thoughts on a few of the films he uses in a Religion and Film course he offers every winter semester.

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Vatican issues coins & stamps commemorating Pope Benedict's resignation

Vatican issues coins & stamps commemorating Pope Benedict's resignation

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The beauty there is in snow

The beauty there is in snow

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The Sunday of Orthodoxy: the feast of Holy Images

The Sunday of Orthodoxy: the feast of Holy Images

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America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

What is the true price of the War on Terror?

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Week 2 of Lenten Film Fest: 'Diary of a Country Priest'

Week 2 of Lenten Film Fest: 'Diary of a Country Priest'

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Anna Karenina: movie review

Anna Karenina: movie review

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Brad Pitt may play Pontius Pilate

Brad Pitt may play Pontius Pilate

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Les Miserables: movie review

Les Miserables: movie review

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Les Miserables: a soul-stirring film experience

Les Miserables: a soul-stirring film experience

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France: anti-terror raid captures Muslim firebombing suspect

France: anti-terror raid captures Muslim firebombing suspect

In Toulouse, a woman was assaulted by Muslims offended when verses of the Koran were projected on city sidewalks.

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Contemplating the Gospel: he who rejects me rejects the Father

Contemplating the Gospel: he who rejects me rejects the Father

St Luke the Evangelist, Iconographer, Linguist, and Martyr.

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'Piss Christ' and a gallery of liars

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Bangladesh: Islamists and army conspire against religious minorities

Bangladeshi Muslims ran amok in Chittagong, destroying 20 Buddhist pagodas and a Hindu temple. Dozens of homes were destroyed in the blaze, while as yet only a Buddhist has been arrested.

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Critics condemn film depicting desecration of crucifix

Critics condemn film depicting desecration of crucifix

The film 'Paradise: Faith' won a prize at the Venice Film Festival, adding fuel to critics' argument that cultural charlatans like nothing better than to insult Christians.

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The Beheading of John the Baptizer and Forerunner

The Beheading of John the Baptizer and Forerunner

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Hard-hitting video spoof highlights Obama buyer regret

Hard-hitting video spoof highlights Obama buyer regret

What happened to the Obama that they used to know?

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Famed Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, dead at 93

Famed Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, dead at 93

Vargas was never secretive about her lesbian attraction to other women, gaining the affection of leftists and music lovers throughout Latin America.

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Mali: Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists destroying cultural heritage

Mali: Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists destroying cultural heritage

Like Afghan Taliban terrorists, the Ansar al Dine terrorists of Mali prohibit smoking, music, and television.

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For Greater Glory: movie review

For Greater Glory: movie review

A great story that deserved better direction and writing.

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Another Edvard Munch goes on the auction block

Another Edvard Munch goes on the auction block

Famous for his Scream, Munch's influence on other painters is illustrated in the style and the colors, which became common during the short-lived yet highly influential fauve, and also the general expressionist movement.

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Rare Monet painting to be auctioned

Rare Monet painting to be auctioned

Painting depicting seascape in Honfleur, France is one of Claude Monet's earliest surviving oil paintings.

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Vito Bonafacci: film review

Vito Bonafacci: film review

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For Greater Glory: a flawed but good film

For Greater Glory: a flawed but good film

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'For Greater Glory': a compelling film

Starring Peter O'Toole, Andy Garcia, and Eva Longoria, 'For Greater Glory' recounts the days in the 1920s when Mexican Catholics rose up in defense of religious liberty.

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Andy Garcia's speech in 'For Greater Glory'

Andy Garcia's speech in 'For Greater Glory'

Garcia gives a stellar performance in the new film about Mexico, alongside other stars such as Peter O'Toole.

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Spanish court hears case on video that offends Christians

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What veterans can teach us about living life to the fullest

What veterans can teach us about living life to the fullest

There is a deep and healing value in the arts for wounded warriors.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: movie review

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: movie review

A movie about self-fulfilment and geriatric sex-questing.

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Act of Valor: movie review

Act of Valor: movie review

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Bully: movie review

Bully: movie review

Bully is missing several relevant facts, as documented by serious journalists. Too bad.

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Boy: movie review

Boy: movie review

'Boy' can be favorably compared to Truffaut's classic, '400 Blows'.

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Psychological operations at work: Salamis,  480 BC

Psychological operations at work: Salamis, 480 BC

It was at the island of Salamis that the marine forces of the Greek city-states met their Persian oppressors in battle. It was thus that the West won its very right to exist.

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The origins of ancient Greek warfare

The origins of ancient Greek warfare

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Autopsy for painter Thomas Kinkade

Autopsy for painter Thomas Kinkade

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Art not for art's sake, but to the glory of God

Art not for art's sake, but to the glory of God

The aesthetic sense in Judaism reflects a healthy skepticism about appearances, even while it advocates beauty and purity.

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Lessons for Christians in 'Act of Valor'

Lessons for Christians in 'Act of Valor'

What are Christians willing to sacrifice to defend their faith? Members of the US Navy SEAL teams risk their own lives every day to defend democracy and their country. Are Christians willing to hazard as much?

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Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance: movie review

Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance: movie review

In Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Nicholas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze only to burn out.

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Life imitates art for drunken singer Randy Travis

Life imitates art for drunken singer Randy Travis

Randy Travis, country crooner, sought solace at a local church following a fight with his girlfriend.

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The Church comes to the Sundance film festival

The Church comes to the Sundance film festival

Christians need to be a part of the cultural conversation about art and film.

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W./E.: a review of Madonna's latest avatar

W./E.: a review of Madonna's latest avatar

A dreadful film with a clunky script, ameliorated only by Andrea Riseborough's performance.

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Spain: thousands demand removal of photo offensive to Catholics

Spain: thousands demand removal of photo offensive to Catholics

Called 'Inferno', the offending photo depicts a nude man covering his privates with an image of Jesus Christ.

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Kien Lam goes around the world in under five minutes

Kien Lam goes around the world in under five minutes

Masterful photograph Kien Lam patches together over 6,000 photographs into a wondrous world-wide panorama.

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Martin Scorsese, lapsed Catholic, to bring a missionary's story to the movies

Martin Scorsese, lapsed Catholic, to bring a missionary's story to the movies

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The hand of God and the hands of Michelangelo

The hand of God and the hands of Michelangelo

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The Two Comings of Christ: without one, you can't have the other

The Two Comings of Christ: without one, you can't have the other

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The Greatest Miracle: movie review

A great family movie.

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Tintin comes to America: Blistering Barnacles!

Tintin comes to America: Blistering Barnacles!

Can Tintin be as big of a hit with U.S. audiences as was Indiana Jones? Spielberg is bringing a worldwide favorite to life in The Adventures of Tintin.

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On a Day like Today: Nat King Cole and LOVE

On a Day like Today: Nat King Cole and LOVE

LOVE, is all that I can give...

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Wonderful 'White Christmas' goes from film to stage

Wonderful 'White Christmas' goes from film to stage

Playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn NJ, White Christmas not only reprises the iconic 1954 film, but improves upon it.

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The Descendants: movie review

The Descendants: movie review

George Clooney stars as a lawyer who, while living in Hawaii, is not so sure he is in Paradise.

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Vatican film fest covers 'Love, Death, and Miracles'

Vatican film fest covers 'Love, Death, and Miracles'

Movies like Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter series, will be examined in light of their influence on young people.

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Wuthering Heights: movie review

Wuthering Heights: movie review

A classic novel is given a docu-drama approach on film.

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Otelo Burning: movie review

Otelo Burning: movie review

The taste of freedom in apartheid South Africa was bittersweet.

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The Ides of March: film review

The Ides of March: film review

Superb cast. Good director. Disappointing film.

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The Iron Lady: Hollywood touches up Margaret Thatcher

The Iron Lady: Hollywood touches up Margaret Thatcher

An anticipated biopic on the life of Margaret Thatcher promises to show some of the layers and shadows behind the mask.

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James Bond's Rolex sold

James Bond's Rolex sold

Christie's auctions Rolex watch worn by Roger Moore in 'Live and Let Die'

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Graphic novelist Frank Miller unleashes his pen on Occupy movement

Graphic novelist Frank Miller unleashes his pen on Occupy movement

"Wake up, pond scum. America is at war with a ruthless enemy."

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Brooklyn Museum's spinning of 'Ants on Crucifix'

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to comments by Arnold Lehman, the director of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA), about the "Hide/Seek" exhibit which opens November 18:

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Crosby and Nash: Aging '60s idols croon for Occupy Wall Street

Crosby and Nash: Aging '60s idols croon for Occupy Wall Street

The millionaire son of Beatle John Lennon joined in to provide a soundtrack to the Occupiers of Wall Street. Stay tuned.

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Drive: no laughing matter, a movie review

Drive: no laughing matter, a movie review

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Priceless historical artifact stolen in San Francisco

Priceless historical artifact stolen in San Francisco

The bell of St Mary's no longer chimes as thieves snatch an artifact of San Francisco's Catholic diocese. Thieves snatch metal nationwide as employment shrinks and desperation rises.

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Back to Basics: A Case for a Catholic dress code

Back to Basics: A Case for a Catholic dress code

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Charles Stepney's Orchestral Psychedelic musical spirit lives on in Chicago

Charles Stepney's Orchestral Psychedelic musical spirit lives on in Chicago

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Saint of the Day: Paraskeva, Virgin and Martyr

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