"A.D. The Bible Continues" features a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of honest conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers.
Faith and Justice: I know I should get more out of Holy Week, but I find myself daydreaming during the services. My resolution this year? Go with the flow.
The readings have been long, but of course since this is the beginning of the most sacred and holy week of the year, it's important for us to spend just a few moments at least in reflecting on the deep message that God is proclaiming to us through these readings, through the events that are described. And perhaps we can catch the deepest meaning of all of this if we listen very carefully again to the words of St. Paul addressed to the Christian community at Philippi.
For a "good Easter," Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.
Need proof that biblical entertainment is Hollywood's holiest trend? Then look no further than Morocco, where three TV projects -- National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus," NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" and CNN's "Finding Jesus" -- were filmed on neighboring sets last year.
Simply Spirit: Jesus' female disciples are all but invisible to most Christians, often no more painfully so than during Holy Week.
"Bless you for playing Jesus, peace be upon him."
This was the reaction of Lebanese-born actor Haaz Sleiman's mother after she learned that her son had been cast as Jesus in National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus." The three Abrahamic religions will collide on Palm Sunday, when the television special premieres with a 24-year-old Muslim actor playing Jesus.
Now as I was reflecting on the three lessons today -- the Gospel lesson perhaps most of all, but all three lessons -- I was reminded of the encyclical letter that Pope Francis published, with the first one he wrote as his own encyclical letter at the beginning of his time as being bishop of Rome, and it's called "The Joy of the Gospel."
Is the Shroud of Turin real, as many Catholics believe? Or is it a product of the 14th century? Does it matter?
NCR Today: Any archeological find that purports to shed light on Jesus can generate a media frenzy, giving both believers and skeptics fresh evidence.