Anyone who has worked among the very poor knows how hard it is to strike a solid stance between optimism and despair.
Art & Media
When Pope Francis tweets, the world listens.
According to "Twiplomacy," a study of the Twitter accounts of world leaders and their retweet rates, U.S. President Barack Obama has the most Twitter followers, but Pope Francis' @Pontifex is the most influential Twitter account -- his average "retweet" and "favorite" rate is more than eight times higher than Obama's.
As a playwright born in Vietnam, Don Nguyen saw dramatic possibilities in a story about an HIV-positive woman who started the country's first support group for infected women.
In his photographs, Joshua Trujillo illuminates uniquely personal narratives infused with private purpose and public meaning.
PBS's "Wolf Hall" engages in some bold revisionism by depicting More not as a saint but as "a heresy-hunting, scrupulous prig," one critic says.
Perspective: While it's tempting for Christians to lock themselves away in anti-secular bubbles, the ramifications of doing so are polarizing at best and deeply destructive at worst.
If you watch the slick TV commercials BP is rolling out these days for the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010, you'd think all was well. But you cannot fool award-winning documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown. Her one-hour tour of the Louisiana, Alabama and Texas coast, "The Great Invisible," shows us the lasting change wrought on people, land, and sea by the impact of the worst environmental calamity in U.S. history.
The rapture is coming -- again. A new television series, "The Messengers," premieres at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central today, April 17, on The CW because "the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn." The end is near, and "angels" or Messengers, have appeared.
The Messengers are five select people, men and women, unknown to the others, who are gifted with the ability to heal others. Then there is "The Man" (Diogo Morgado), who wields death and destruction even though he looks like a totally hot guy.
Movie review: While "Little Boy" may make you shed a tear at the end, it's for all the wrong reasons.
The Bible indeed continues after Christ's ascension. The Gospel spreads. The Christian community grows amazingly.