Arts & Entertainment

Book on miscarriage offers Catholic point of view

"After Miscarriage" (Servant Books/Franciscan Media)

Women who have experienced a miscarriage often feel alone. The grief can be devastating and seeking support can be overwhelming.

Book Review | Rwandan teen's visions of Jesus make for engaging reading

Some skeptics might call the religious visions detailed by author Immaculee Ilibagiza in "The Boy Who Met Jesus: Segatashya of Kibeho" nothing but the hallmark hallucinations of temporal lobe epilepsy. Others will see them as direct manifestations of the divine in everyday life. In any case, this story of a poor, illiterate Rwandan shepherd boy's spiritual journey is absorbing and sometimes inspiring.

Money is still the object in TV land

WASHINGTON -- Television viewership is down. That's almost a man-bites-dog story.

But why is it down? There's not enough evidence yet to state why exactly, and the pattern of lower viewership is not long enough to declare it a trend.

By one token, TV viewing couldn't keep going up ever higher. The number of hours per day that the tube is on in American homes is astonishing. The Nielsen ratings service estimates that Americans watch about 147 hours of cable, satellite and broadcast television a month.

Book Review | Rebellion, reforms part of church history of power versus piety

Christianity's failings were often due to its political involvements or to meddling from rulers. The Church has repeatedly had to fight against this power orientation.

While Emperor Constantine deeply damaged the Church for centuries, Christianity has always reformed and remade itself, on the whole staying faithful to the Gospel. Especially since the Reformation, but at many episodes prior to that as well, the Roman Church has been a community of the pious.

'The Hunger Games' isn't really a teen movie

Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth star in a scene from the movie “The Hunger Games.” The Catholic News Service classification is adults.

NEW YORK -- Though presumably targeted -- at least in part -- at teens, the dystopian adventure "The Hunger Games" involves enough problematic content to give parents pause. Responsible oldsters will want to weigh the matter carefully before giving permission for clamoring kids to attend.

At first glance, the depressing futuristic premise of the piece -- inherited from Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy of novels, on the first volume of which the film is based -- makes it seem unlikely fare for a youthful audience.

Turning off TV for a week: It's not just for the boob tube anymore

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Remember TV-Turnoff Week? It is no more.

It is now called Screen-Free Week.

Organizers of the annual weeklong voluntary blackout of TV recognize that TV isn't the only screen where children -- and adults -- go for mindless entertainment. In fact, when Billy Crystal can joke during the Oscars about people watching movies on their cellphones, you know the phenomenon is no longer a phenomenon and has instead entered the mainstream.

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