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In DC: I'm Co-Hosting a Series of Pre-Code Films at the Hill Center

Date: 11/10/2013

I'm thrilled to announce that Margaret Talbot and I are co-hosting a steamy series of four films from the early 1930's at Washington DC's Hill Center , starting this Friday with Barbara Stanwyck's "Baby Face." In a film and discussion series that will explore the history of sex and violence in the movies, censorship and the ratings system, we will present four gems of pre-Code cinema. For sev ...

Related Topics: Blog 97, Entertainment, Hays Code, Pre-Code, Baby Face

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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

Date: 11/05/2013

Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. [caption id="attachment_12343" align="alignleft" width="480"] New York kids in a religion class[/caption] A recent Barna study shows not only increased New ...

Related Topics: Blog 140, Jews, Christians, Hispanics, Blacks, New York City, Chrsitianity

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Grammy winner uses Twitter to help orphans + Catholic filmmaker's movie gets Kickstarted

Date: 10/07/2013

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 10/10/10. 10,000 sponsors to help 10,000 orphans over the next 10 years. That's the goal of Grammy-winner Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth as they launch a Twitter campaign this Thursday (10/10) to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the nonprofit orphan care ministry they founded.  Show Hope's Brown Ba ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Twitter, Kickstarter, Kevis Antonio, St. Catherine Of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Five Blocks Away, Grammy-Winner Steven Curtis Chapman, Show Hope's Brown Bag For Hope Drive, #Brownbag4hope, Www.Showhope.Org

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Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

Date: 10/07/2013

The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch Seeks Reason Why ‘So Help Me God’ Removed From U.S. Air Force Oath.” An Egyptian church burns But the me ...

Related Topics: Blog 140, Discrimination, Persecution, Freedom Of Religion

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Famed author Mary Higgins Clark on faith, optimism and how she and her daughter Carol came to collaborate on a TV pilot

Date: 10/03/2013

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edrydSmXO4E Mystery Mom. Yesterday, I posted my conversation with mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark about her collaboration with her mother -- and literary inspiration -- the Mary Higgins Clark on The Mystery Cruise , a backdoor pilot for Hallmark Movie Channel airing Saturday n ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Hallmark Movie Channel, Mary Higgins Clark, Scribner, Silent Night, Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock, QE2, Holland Line, Where Are The Children?, Fordham Lincoln Center At Night, A Stranger Is Watching, Order Of St. Gregory The Great, Order Of The Holy Sepulchre

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Survival or Salvation in Ciudad Juárez

Date: 10/01/2013

Karina Sandoval and Monita Alvarez Chip A survivor of fear, 26-year old Karina Sandoval strategizes to bring recovery to Ciudad Jurárez, a Mexican city smeared by its bloodshed and drugs. “My family lived in Anapra, west of Ciudad Jurárez,” said Sandoval. “We heard shootings every day. Our parents would drive my sister and me to High School even though we lived only a few blocks away from th ...

Related Topics: Women In Mexico, Crossing Border, Killings In Ciudad Jurarez, Police In Mexico

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Catching up with Mother Dolores Hart as the Hollywood star-turned-Catholic nun reflects on her book tour, the possibility of a movie and Pope Francis

Date: 09/25/2013

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. This is getting to be a habit. A good habit. I'm talking about my second conversation with Mother Dolores Hart on the occasion of her return to the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut following her recent book tour to promote her memoir Ear of the Heart . I visited the one-time movie star at ...

Related Topics: Entertainment, Elvis Presley, Les Misérables, Pope Francis, Mother Dolores Hart, Abbey Of Regina Laudis, Priscilla Presley, Ear Of The Heart, Graceland, Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Gene Tierney, Catholic Magazine America, Jesus Christ

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