A new Gregorian chant CD by a group of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's classical music chart last week. The album, "Benedicta," was also the top overall seller at Barnes & Noble, was No. 2 on Amazon and made iTunes' Top 40.
Art & Media
Review: "Jurassic World" is about evolution in a test tube in a lab run by a corporation for profit with military application of the "assets." What comes next is anyone's guess.
Grace on the Margins: Widely praised for its multi-racial, multi-cultural, and intergenerational cast, the hit series offers compelling backstories.
Review: The story of Ray and his family as well as the scientific information humanize the consequences of nature's fury and make the action more palatable.
The Vatican must stop running its media operation from silos, said the leader of papal commission set up to advise how the Vatican can better communicate with the church and the world.
Essay: What could the U.S. church look like in 50 years? One writer takes a guess.
Msgr. Daniel Gallagher has faced a number of linguistic challenges as the man responsible for translating Pope Francis' Twitter feed into Latin, and then he was confronted with "heavy metal music."
Gallagher, an American who works at the Vatican's Office of Latin Letters, recently helped translate the best-selling children's book Diary of a Wimpy Kid into Latin, an ancient language that most people can't understand but that remains the official language of the Roman Catholic church.
Book review: Although the tools of mass media have changed dramatically since 1971, the need for a dialogue between faith and media continues.
Morgan Atkinson's new documentary on Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist monk from the Cistercian abbey in Gethsemani, Kentucky, was "40 years in the making," he joked.
Actually, it was closer to two, but it was Atkinson's own pilgrimage to Gethsemani 40 years ago that not only broadened his exposure to Merton, but led him to become a Catholic himself.
Movie review: "Marie's Story" is handsomely rendered, with beautiful, saturated colors and texture that invites the audience into the world of Marie, who is deaf and blind.