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Art & Media
Since 1993, Still Point Theatre Collective has been producing professional touring stage performances that have gained a positive reputation in the Chicago area, throughout the Midwest and beyond.
But for Still Point, theater is more than just selling out shows and attracting audiences to share inspiring stories. Separate from the professional productions, the group has outreach programs that teach both the fundamentals and the power of theatrical expression to the developmentally disabled and female prisoners. For Still Point, theater is for everyone.
Maryknoll Missioners who watched a performance of "Living Water" April 8 by the Still Point Theatre Collective had a "Back to the Future" experience. As we so-called professional evangelizers contemplated our diminished role in spreading the good news to the world, even as we continue to bask in the fast fading glory of the golden age of mission, here was a vibrant and talented band of young people who capture the enthusiasm of the first group of Spirit-filled apostles from centuries past. In so doing, they reveal a clear vision of what mission might be like in the near future.
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Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff.
Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled "Call Me Francesco," with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy's highest-grossing movies.
Valsecchi's Rome-based production house, Taodue Film, confirmed the news Wednesday, and a spokeswoman said the company was looking to shoot the film in various locations, including Argentina and Italy.
"For the pope, the Jewish Christ may be enough to make the point about the failure of the church, and this might well speak to him."
Young Voices: A new YouTube video making the rounds criticizes our fixation on technology. But should we give it up altogether?