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A look at each film of Kieslowski’s “Dekalog” masterpiece

All the films of the Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog” are set in contemporary Warsaw, Poland, a decade after the election of St. John Paul II as pope (he makes a cameo appearance in one installment via photographs), but still a communist-run nation as soulless apartment block after soulless apartment block fills the screen in each episode. […]

Worth a Thousand Words: Horse in a Landscape

Franz Marc, 1910, Horse in a Landscapevia WikiPaintings There is something mesmerizing in this painting. Is this how the horse sees? Is it viewing a painting? The playful tone seems to invite mental hijinks. And yet, I love the painting simply as a work of art. Show More Summary

A cinematic triumph returned and restored

It’s not often that something that made its debut on Polish television gets this kind of acclaim, but Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog”(“Decalogue” in English) merited precisely that acclaim — even now, 28 years after its debut. Kieslowski was commissioned by Polish TV to make a series of hour-long dramas on each of the Ten Commandments. This […]

Donald Trump’s path to victory runs through Catholic America

In politics, momentum is king.  Donald Trump has it; Hillary Clinton does not.  When Trump wins on November 8th, it will be with electoral votes from states which have not recently been in the Republican column:  Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin.  Plus he will win Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Ohio – historically competitive states carried twice by [...]

Make America Drink Again

Following Monday’s debate, The New York Post ran an interesting story about the reactions of ordinary people at a pub in Youngstown, Pennsylvania, a charming hamlet in the heart of the energy boom of the Marcellus shale formation. On its face, it’s just a human interest story about some local bar flies, but it also [...]

ICKSP Takes on New Apostolate in Naples

Two years ago, we reported that the Archdiocese of Naples, Italy, had established a new home for the regular celebration of the Traditional Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation at the church of the Archconfraternity of Santa Maria del Soccorso all’Arenella. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: Budget deal likely to prevent government shutdown

BUDGET // It appears a government shutdown will be averted as GOP lawmakers have agreed to allow a vote on a $170 million aid package for Flint. http://cvote.it/2d2D5Bt 2016 // GOP lawmakers run away from Trump’s comments on former Miss Universe. Show More Summary

Old mining church keeps Catholic history alive

VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (CNS) — You can still hear gunfights on the streets of this old mining town high up in the mountains of Northern Nevada. The main drag at 6,000 feet above sea level plays up the stereotype of an old Western town complete with a saloon next to the jail and the marshal’s […]

The Basilica of Ss Cosmas and Damian

For today’s feast of the martyrs Ss Cosmas and Damian, our friend Jordan Hainsey sent in some photographs which he took of the Roman basilica dedicated to them, which is one of the oldest in the city. In 2007, he did some work with the...Show More Summary

Two Items of Interest from Newman House Press

Speaking of prayers in preparation for Mass, Newman House Press wrote to let us know that they have available a prayer written for that purpose by the Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, addressed to the Virgin Mary. This can be ordered...Show More Summary

Jim Caviezel of ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and ‘Person of Interest’ Speaks Movingly of Faith in Hollywood

A star of both the big and small screens, Jim Caviezel is also well-known as a man of deep Catholic faith and a respected performer. But in the summer of 1991, he was a struggling young actor in Hollywood, confused, unsure of where he was going or what he should be doing. Then he saw this [...]

Well Said: What wonder you do not understand...

We are talking about God. What wonder is it that you do not understand? If you do understand, then it is not God. St. Augustine

CV LOOP: Clinton and Trump clash in bitter debate

DEBATE // Donald Trump scored points early with blue collar workers, while Hillary Clinton wanted to prove that she was presidential. But Hillary clearly did better in the second half — mostly by getting Trump to take her bait. Michael...Show More Summary

Who remembers Cecil the Lion? [We forget things quickly]

Does anyone remember Cecil the Lion? Maybe you do. Maybe you don’t. But I’m betting that, a year ago, at least a few of you were all agog over Cecil and his untimely demise. Cecil is now old news. Most people have forgotten him. That’s an excellent example of how short our memories are and [...]

Genesis Notes: Adam's Descendents

GENESIS 5 Genesis 5 shows the descendents from Adam to Noah and is one of those endless seeming lists of names that make my eyes glaze over.There's nothing for modern people in these lists. Right? Au contraire! The Bible contains several lists of ancestors, called genealogies. Show More Summary

EF Solemn Mass in Manhattan for St Michael

On Thursday, September 29th, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, a Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Church of the Most Precious Blood, located in New York City’s Little Italy. The intention of the Mass will be for the spiritual and physical well being of all police and law-enforcement officers. Show More Summary

20 Quick Thoughts on the Debate.

Kill me. No, seriously. That was the end of a civilization, in ninety minutes. Fourth of all, would Hillary be worse for the country? Almost certainly yes.  In fact, I say yes, period.  Nothing about the debate should have convinced anyone otherwise. That said…wow. Trump didn’t tweet during the actual debate, so that’s good. Hillary [...]

A video treasury: #PopeinUS

I’m about to take you on a retrospective journey of what it was like to be a member of the media a year ago while covering Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. This entry will be complete with videos Catholic News Service produced chronicling the very popular pope’s trip to give you an idea […]

Well Said: The most dangerous thing you can do ...

The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set up as an absolute guide. Show More Summary

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