Arts & Entertainment

Children's book teaches concepts of microfinancing

A Sister of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon has written a children's book that she hopes will help people understand the complex topic of microfinancing.

Sister Antoinette "Toni" Temporiti has published "One Potato Two," the story of Mumbi, a young African girl whose mother is able to feed the family thanks to a potato-selling business that was begun through a microfinancing loan.

In 2006, Sister Toni founded Microfinancing Partners in Africa, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that provides assistance to strengthen and expand microfinancing programs in Africa.

'Bible' miniseries aims for 'emotional connection' with audience

Roma Downey portrays Mary in a scene from the television miniseries “The Bible,” to run on cable’s History Channel 7-9 p.m. Sundays in March, through Easter Sunday, March 31.

WASHINGTON -- It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, "The Bible," that gets its premiere Sunday, March 3, on the History cable channel.

The miniseries runs 7-9 p.m. each Sunday in March through March 31, Easter Sunday.

Barocci exhibit shows his devotion, to art, reverence

Federico Barocci, Italian, c.1533-1612; Entombment of Christ, 1579-82; oil on canvas; framed.

When Christians pray and worship at Church of the Cross in Senigallia, Italy, they face a bold painting of Christ's burial.

The picture depicts the crucified Christ being carried by St. John the Evangelist, Nicodemus, and Joseph of Arimathea. The Blessed Virgin sorrowfully watches and Mary Magdalen kneels in prayer. Three nails, marked by the blood Christ shed for our sins, and His crown of thorns jump out in the foreground. The others with whom He was crucified remain on crosses in the distant background.

Movie Ratings | Variety of films, but few for kids

NEW YORK -- The following are capsule reviews of movies by Catholic News Service.

'2016: Obama's America'

Book Review | Ending the African 'hunger season'

"The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change" by Roger Thurow.

In western Kenya there are seven seasons, all named for their relation to farming activity. After harvest season in August and September comes second planting, then festival days of December, dry season of January, preparing the land in February, the rains of March and April, when seeds for the first harvest are planted, and then -- each year -- the hunger season.

It seems absurd that farmers who grow more food than they can consume must each year go hungry in May, June and July, as they wait for the first crop to grow, but so it goes in Kenya and much of Africa.

New releases include no child-friendly films

Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner star in a scene from the movie “The Bourne Legacy.” The Catholic News Service classification is adults.

NEW YORK -- The following are capsule summaries of movies recently reviewed by Catholic News Service.

'The Bourne Legacy'

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